By Jon Dougherty
Last week, reports noted that POTUS Donald Trump wants to revive the healthcare fight ahead of the 2020 elections that Republicans whiffed on when they controlled both chambers of Congress — after promising for years that, if given the chance, they would repeal and replace the monstrosity that is Obamacare.
“The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care,” he said on Capitol Hill last week. “You watch!”
The Associated Press noted further:
Stung by the Democratic gains in November and sparked by another ACA legal challenge that could make its way to the Supreme Court, the president dug into the issue this past week, deciding to fight. He feels that it is an important battle to take on, said two people familiar with White House thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.
The president has been actively engaged in conversations about health care, dialing up lawmakers in the House and Senate, and the White House is expected to lay out further details on his goals in the coming days.
“We are working very hard on that,” the president said as he was leaving for a massive Michigan rally, singling out Republican senators John Barrasso, Rick Scott, and Bill Cassidy as being involved.
“They are going to work together to come up with something that’s really spectacular,” the president said.
But Republican leaders said to be balking at the prospect of taking on Obamacare again because, as usual, they’re thinking politically instead of practically.
But [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell has made it clear he would rather see Republicans spend their time attacking the Democratic plans to expand existing health care programs, namely the Medicare for All plans embraced by some of the Democrats running to unseat Trump. He sees it as their best option for reversing public opinion heading toward 2020 when he, too, faces re-election. McConnell derides the high cost of a government-run system as “Medicare for None.”
McConnell is right in that yes, we need Republicans to keep their seats (and win new ones) because the entire medical system in America could collapse, thanks to Obamacare, and the Democrats would refuse to do anything to fix it. Why? Because that was the goal from the beginning: Obamacare was designed to fail so that the Donkey Party could then push for the exact plan they are now trying to sell.
Remember what then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said in 2013?
Health policy expert Avik Roy, writing in Forbes, noted:
When I speak to conservatives about health care policy, I’m often asked the question: “Do you think that Obamacare is secretly a step toward single-payer health care?” I always explain that, while progressives may want single-payer, I don’t think that Obamacare is deliberately designed to bring about that outcome. Well, yesterday on PBS’ Nevada Week In Review, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) was asked whether his goal was to move Obamacare to a single-payer system. His answer? “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
Then Roy wrote this:
In one sense, this isn’t shocking. Reid and many other Democrats, including President Obama, have often stated that their ideal health-care system is one in which the government abolishes the private insurance market.
The Las Vegas Sun noted further:
Reid said he thinks the country has to “work our way past” insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS’ program “Nevada Week in Review.”
“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said.
What did one of the leading 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, Sen. Bernie Sanders, say just this week? That his “Medicare-for-all” plan would eliminate all private health insurers. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, also running for the Democratic presidential nomination, agreed.
There are two takeaways from this — the most obvious being that Democrats have been incrementally moving their government-only health insurance plan along for years like they do with nearly all of their policy objectives.
But also, notice how these sycophants had no problem voting for a system they knew would be a disastrous failure. That is a sick, disgusting, morally repugnant thing to do — destroy lives and economically ruin scores of American citizens just to get your health policies implemented.
Now ask yourself this: Would members of a party who agreed to destroy lives and who support infanticide really design a healthcare system that was compassionate, responsive, and affordable? Or would they design a diabolical healthcare system that comes with lots of lifestyle changes and caveats that essentially forced everyone to modify behaviors and enforce certain societal, cultural, and even speech codes?
And remember, these people will not be subjecting themselves to the very same healthcare system they design for the rest of us.
POTUS Trump knows all of this. In fact, despite being the political neophyte in D.C., it’s safe to say, in our view, that he understands Democrats far better than the Republican establishment types who have worked with and around them for years.
As such, POTUS’ instincts tell him healthcare is a fight to pick with the Democratic Party ahead of the 2020 elections and beyond. Because he knows that healthcare is an issue of concern for every single person in our country. And he knows that’s precisely why the Democrats want to ‘control’ it — so they can exert even more control over our lives.
You smoke? Well, you can’t get that chest x-ray or cancer treatment.
Oh, you like to have a drink at night sometimes and on weekends? Sorry; you’re on your own. Alcohol is bad for you and we won’t expend taxpayer funds treating people who do bad things to themselves.
And by the way, do you own a gun? Do you have a gun in the house? Yeah, sorry…in order to comply with health safety regulations, you’re either going to have to get that thing out of your house or find another way to get yourself treated.
Don’t think for a moment Democrats are not capable of imposing these kinds of rules and restrictions on us if they were to ever obtain that kind of control. Remember, this is the party of infanticide. This is the party of destroying lives and breaking people financially by destroying their existing healthcare system.
Trump is right to pick this fight with Democrats. He knows we simply cannot afford — economically, sure, but also culturally and politically — to lose this war to the Donkey Party.
— Flip the script. When it comes to killing babies, Democrats tell us all the time to “Butt out! This is a decision between the mother and her doctor!” Fine; all healthcare decisions should be between the patient and their providers. That can’t and won’t happen in a socialist system. Government bureaucrats will be making those decisions, which is anathema to the way it ought to be.
— Sell freedom and liberty. Speaking of making our own choices, Republicans should emphasize that ‘free healthcare’ still won’t be completely free (dramatic tax increases will be needed to fund it) but more than that, we will surrender all of our freedom when it comes to making our own healthcare choices. And let’s not forget the Democrats will write lifestyle changes into any future “Medicare-for-all” regulations.
— Encourage personal responsibility. Doctors and other primary care providers will tell you that right now, there are few incentives for patients to behave more responsibly — which includes not abusing their healthcare coverage. Most Americans have come to believe that just because they are ‘covered,’ they can traipse into an emergency room or urgent care clinic for simple coughs or other conditions that could have been treated just as effectively with an over-the-counter drug at home. This kind of abuse of the system raises costs, which raises rates and, in turn, out-of-pocket costs like premiums and deductibles.
The Democrats would achieve cost savings by simply cutting payments to providers, which creates two undesirable outcomes: 1) Health practices lose money and go out of business; 2) The best and brightest among us will avoid choosing a career as a highly skilled nurse practitioner/physician assistant, doctor, or medical specialist (neurology, surgery, orthopedics, OB/GYN, etc.) because they won’t be able to make a living, much less pay off their massive student debt. So the private sector has to get involved in ‘educating’ Americans about the wise, judicious use of healthcare benefits if we want to keep some semblance of a free-market system.
— Be bold. GOP campaign and healthcare issue ads should focus on the failed socialist systems of other nations. Visuals are powerful; show Americans what they’re in for if they let these fool Democrats impose one-size-fits-all care: Collapse of the system; long lines, subpar providers, and death.
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