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Worse Than Bad Legislation? Lobbyists Writing Multiple Bad Executive Power Grabs

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Barack Obama spent his first two years as President – enjoying a Democrat-controlled Congress that was as awful for America as he was.

The Democrat Congress passed a lot of really awful legislation – which Obama very happily signed.

We the People loathed said legislation.  So We incepted the Tea Party Movement – and elected a Republican House majority the very next chance we had.

We did this – to impede the previously unimpeded flow of really awful Democrat legislation to which we had been subjected.

Obama’s response to our electoral blockade?  Let’s just say it wasn’t self-reflective – or respectful of our wishes:

“We are not just going to be waiting for legislation….I’ve got a pen – and I’ve got a phone.  And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions….”

But wait a second….  Here’s Obama in 2008 – running for the gig:

“We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress.”

I much prefer Obama – Edition 2008.

Why any Republican would seek to emulate Obama 2.0’s executive fiat policy – is light years beyond me.

But that’s exactly what some Republicans may be trying to do.

Some Republicans have thankfully gained no traction with their Elephant colleagues on a really awful bill….

Why Are Some Republicans Looking To Add More Government To Health Care?

Why Do Republicans #Persist In Adding Government To Health Care?:

“Behold – Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander.  Who very recently penned an editorial defending his government-expanding decision.  His very own title – admits the inherent error.

“‘Lower Health Care Costs Act’ Aims to End Surprise Billing

“Your legislation ‘aims to end surprise billing’ – ?!?

“Government is the worst shot in the history of aiming.

“Obamacare aimed to ‘reduce premiums by $2,500 per year.’  They DOUBLED.

“I guarantee you no one around at Medicare’s inception said they were aiming to put US taxpayers $38 trillion underwater.  Yet that’s what it’s done.

“Yet Senator Alexander #Persists.”

While Alexander #Persists in the Senate – Texas Republican Congressman Kevin Brady may be in the throes of #Persist in the House.  And may be – looking to go one awful step farther.

Massachusetts Democrat Congressman Richard Neal realizes this legislative duck his dead.  So Neal is looking to end run the Congress to which he was elected – and obviously shouldn’t have been:

“House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) is proposing a new way to move forward on crafting rules to protect patients from surprise medical bills….

“In a letter to Democratic lawmakers…Neal is proposing a new solution that would essentially punt the details of the fix to a committee consisting of stakeholder groups and the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury.

“The committee would come up with recommendations that would then be issued in a regulation from the administration.”

This is a Congressman – and the Chairman of an allegedly important Committee.  His constituents elected him to the Legislative Branch – thinking they were electing someone to draft and vote upon legislation.

And this person is looking to “punt the details of the fix to a committee consisting of stakeholder groups and the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury.”

Which is an entire gaggle of people – whom NO ONE ELECTED.

This is an unelected gaggle – made up of industry lobbyists…and career Swamp bureaucrats.

Now, we know lobbyists write most of the bills Congress extrudes. Here, gone is even the pretense of legislators legislating.

This unelected gaggle would draft a…not a bill, because that’s what Neal and his colleagues are supposed to draft.  This unelected gaggle would draft a…something.

And then the three departments’ worth of unelected bureaucrats – would unilaterally impose what they’ve unilaterally concocted.

NONE of this has ANYTHING to do with the Constitution – or the representative republic the Constitution created.

If We the People don’t like what these clowns have done to us – we can’t do a thing about it.

Where are the Republicans on this unilateral assault on our Constitution, government and freedom?

The answer isn’t heartening:

“Neal wrote in the letter that he is ‘optimistic’ that Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas), the top Republican on the committee, will agree to his proposal.

“‘Committee Republicans support banning surprise medical billing to protect patients and look forward to reviewing the details of this and other possible solutions to solve this problem in a balanced way for the American people,’ a Brady spokesperson said.”

HARD NO, Congressman Brady.

The ONLY government attempt – MUST come directly from the Legislative Branch.

Your inability to pass this awful piece of legislation – is what the FBI used to call a clue.

You can’t pass this awful piece of legislation – because members of the Legislative Branch have rightly deemed it awful.

This is supposed to mean – the bill dies.

It is NOT an invitation to outsource your gigs.

It is NOT an invitation to hand off crafting law – to unelected lobbyists and bureaucrats.

It is NOT an invitation to the impose this unconstitutional creation – via Obama-esque unilateral fiats.

Congress:

Do your jobs.

Which very often means – doing nothing at all.

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Obamacare-Backing Big Insurance – Looking to Again Expand Government Medicine

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One heinous aspect of the heinous history of the woefully misnamed Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare – was…and is…the vociferous backing of the inanity by huge insurance companies.

Notice I didn’t say small insurance companies.  Few such animals still exist – most having already been murdered by government medicine programs.

Small insurance companies can’t afford all the crushing costs of huge government medicine – so they die.

Which is good for huge insurance companies.  You know – less competition.

Also good for Big Insurance?  A law mandating everyone in the nation purchase their products – which Obamacare did.

Did Big Insurance know the law was awful – and it would make their products MUCH more expensive?  Of course they did.  Bad news for We the People – great news for them.

On average, Obamacare doubled premiums and tripled deductibles for those of us subjected to its heinousness.  Great news for Big Insurance.

Even better news…for Big Insurance?  Government would hand them ongoing, rolling, huge rafts of cash – i.e. around $1 trillion in premium subsidies.

But Obamacare was so awful – those ongoing, rolling, huge rafts of cash…weren’t nearly enough.  So President Barack Obama started unilaterally, illegally handing Big Insurance even more of our money.

So when the Donald Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans, God bless them all, started rolling back all the omni-directional Obamacare heinousness – we were delivered some of the most unsurprising headlines in the history of human communication.

Insurers Come Out Swinging Against New Republican Health Care Bill

Insurers Oppose Latest Republican Obamacare Repeal Effort

Insurers Oppose Repeal of Obamacare Individual Mandate

Not Even Insurance Companies Want Obamacare Repealed

“Not even” – should actually read “most especially.”

Because of the $1+ trillion in government money.  Because of the government mandate We the People buy their stuff.

Who cares if government medicine always and everywhere makes things demonstrably, exponentially worse for 300+ million Americans?

There are Big Insurance executives’ estates to be maintained.  And trillions of dollars of government money – covers a lot of lawn and house work.

So when any opportunity arises to increase government’s screwing up of medicine – Big Insurance is all the way down with the struggle.

Senators Release Plan to Lower Health Costs, End Surprise Bills

Because as has – yet again, very recently – been thoroughly demonstrated…government is excellent at lowering health costs.

A huge fan of this government medicine expansion – is a man by the name of Loren Adler:

“‘From a policy perspective, there’s a rationale that this is the ideal approach,’ said Loren Adler, the associate director of USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy….

“It’s possible that this option will upset provider groups, who risk receiving lower payments and having less leverage with insurance companies. Adler said these fears are mostly unfounded….”

Adler seems to be the media’s go-to fan of this latest attempt at government medicine expansion:

“Loren Adler, associate director of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, estimated that the proposed benchmark payment rate provision could help lower health insurance premiums by about 0.5% across the country.”

Wow.  A whole one-half of one percent.  Maybe.

Government yet again assaulting the medical industry – to get a MAYBE 0.5% rate reduction.

Thank you, no.  We the People pass.  Congress – should not.

And this minuscule prospective reduction – is according to this guy Adler.

The media loves mentioning Adler’s college gig.  But did you catch that “Brookings” reference?:

“Loren Adler is associate director of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy,  a partnership between the Center for Health Policy at Brookings and the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics.”

“Brookings” – is the Brookings Institute.  A Leftist “think” tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Did you catch the “Schaeffer” reference?  “Schaeffer” – is Leonard D. Schaeffer.

Let’s flash back to February 2016, shall we?

Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy Established:

“Leonard D. Schaeffer, a trustee of both Brookings and the University of Southern California, has provided a gift of $4 million to establish the Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy….

“The Initiative aims to inform the national health care debate with rigorous, evidence-based analysis leading to practical recommendations using the collaborative strengths of USC and Brookings.”

That’s an extraordinary amount of coin.  But that really ain’t nothing.

New Gift Strengthens USC Schaeffer Center’s Influence in Health Policy:

“Ten years after they created a research center at USC dedicated to advancing health policy, Leonard and Pamela Schaeffer have renewed their investment with a donation of $17 million….

“They established the center in 2009 and endowed it three years later with a $25 million gift.”

Tens of millions of dollars.  Dedicated by Schaeffer – to affecting government medicine policy.

Which seemingly means – expanding government medicine…yet again to the benefit of Big Insurance.

And how, pray tell, did Schaeffer acquire so much money – that he can afford to donate this manner of big coin to affect government policy?

Let us flashback to October 2003, shall we?

Acquisition Would Create Nation’s Largest Health Insurer:

“In a marriage of Blue Cross giants, Anthem Inc. agreed yesterday to buy WellPoint Health Networks for $16.4 billion in stock and cash, creating a company that would be the nation’s largest health insurer….

“WellPoint’s chief executive, Leonard D. Schaeffer, who created the company on the foundation of a successful turnaround of Blue Cross of California, will hand the reins to Larry Glasscock, Anthem’s chief executive….Mr. Schaeffer, 58, a former government health care official, will be chairman.

“Mr. Schaeffer’s WellPoint holdings — 3.3 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last month — jumped in value by more than $70 million yesterday, to over $300 million.

“He would also receive $27.5 million under a change-of-control clause in his contract and about $10 million more in executive retirement benefits, according to the WellPoint proxy and other filings.”

Well isn’t all of that utterly unsurprising.

Schaeffer – was a government health care official.

Who then became the key player in turning already-big insurance – into the biggest of Big Insurance.

And received more than $300 million by so doing.

And now he and his minions are trying to expand government medicine – to the benefit of Big Insurance.

How very DC of…everyone involved in this very terrible idea.

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Why Do Republicans #Persist in Adding Government to Health Care?

 

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Welcome to Tweetlandia.  The shambling wreck of a carcass our once great nation has become.

One of the very many trends that exists in Tweetlandia – is the diminution of all thought.  Often down to Twitter hashtag length – and depth.

One such Leftist hashtag pseudo-thought – is the anti-everything-to-the-Right-of-Karl-Marx #Persist.  It’s one-word-brevity is of particular assistance to its Leftist wielders.

In Tweetlandia, the Urban Dictionary has replaced Merriam Webster’s – so we go there:

“Persist: Continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure.”

Leftists #Persist in pursuing all sorts of already-proven-to-be failures.

To wit: Government medicine.  Government medicine – is an unmitigated disaster.

Obamacare was a huge disaster:

“Obamacare stripped millions of people of their insurance.  For those who survived that mass slaughter – Obamacare doubled the average insurance premium and tripled the average insurance deductible.”

Following on Medicare – which is a $38-trillion-short titanic disaster:

“The unfunded liability is the amount that has been promised in benefits to people now alive that will not be funded by the tax revenue the system is expected to take in to pay for those benefits.”

And that titanic shortfall – is with private insurance subsidizing the daylight out of Medicare.

Medicare For All – What About Cost Shifting?:

“When Medicare was introduced in 1966, the government reached out to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to come up with a way to determine what to pay hospitals for treating patients….

“Medicare quickly figured out a sad truth. There wasn’t enough Medicare money….

“The Inpatient Prospective Payment System was implemented, meaning all direct connection to costs were now gone – but however you sliced it, Medicare was now paying less than the cost of treating patients.

“If Medicare did not pay its fair share, then hospitals would make it up on other payers. This is known as cost shifting.”

Get that?  Medicare payments don’t even cover the base costs of treating patients.

Private patients and their insurance companies – have been subsidizing Medicare since just about its 1966 inception.

Yet the Leftists #Persist.  Because $38 trillion short – ain’t nearly enough of a nation-wrecking debit to stop the Left.

Oh – and the Left wants to ban all private insurance.  You know, the companies that have been propping up Medicare for decades.

So everything medicine can as quickly as possible collapse into one giant smoldering government-induced heap.

#Persist!

Why any Republican anywhere would in any way expand government’s role in medicine – is light years beyond me.

Yet we have just such Republicans.  Joining the #Persist “movement” – whether they realize it or not.

A great many of us have spent the last several weeks pointing out the stupidity of this notion.

Why Are Some Republicans Looking to Add More Government to Health Care?

Yet these Republicans…#Persist!:

Behold – Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander.  Who very recently penned an editorial defending his government-expanding decision.  His very own title – admits the inherent error.

Lower Health Care Costs Act Aims to End Surprise Billing

Your legislation “aims to end surprise billing” – ?!?

Government is the worst shot in the history of aiming.

Obamacare aimed to “reduce premiums by $2,500 per year.”  They DOUBLED.

I guarantee you no one around at Medicare’s inception said they were aiming to put US taxpayers $38 trillion underwater.  Yet that’s what it’s done

Yet Senator Alexander #Persists:

“Instead of remaining stuck in a perpetual partisan argument over the Affordable Care Act and health insurance, senators are working across party lines to lower the costs of what Americans pay for health care out of their own pockets.”

Of COURSE Democrats want to stop talking about Obamacare (the woefully mis-named “Affordable Care Act.”)

Democrats were either exponentially wrong about it – or lying their faces off about it.

Republicans won more than 1,000 elected offices up and down the ballot since Democrats jammed Obamacare down our throats.  And only started again losing seats – when it became clear their promises to repeal Obamacare were…exceedingly disingenuous.

Republicans should want to continue the Obamacare conversation – right up until they actually repeal the awfulness.

But on this they do not #Persist.

More from Senator Alexander:

“(U)p to half of the $3.5 trillion Americans spent on health care in 2017 may have been unnecessary, according to testimony before the Senate health committee from the National Academies.”

Yes, we have.  And an excruciating percentage of this unnecessary expenditure – is the subsidies we are forced to provide to prop up Medicare.

So how on Earth does Senator Alexander think his “aim” – on this the latest government “solution” to high health care costs – be any better?

Answer: Of course, it absolutely isn’t.

Government is the reason our health care system is as screwed up as it is.

Senator Alexander – we need LESS government.

Your bill – is more.

Which only makes sense in Tweetlandia.

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Why Are Some Republicans Looking to Add More Government to Health Care?

Republicans spent nearly a decade promising to rid us of the incredibly terrible law known as Obamacare.

And with very good reason.

Obamacare stripped millions of people of their insurance.  For those who survived that mass slaughter – Obamacare doubled the average insurance premium and tripled the average insurance deductible.

This after its namesake promised over and over and over again “If you like your health care plan – you can keep your health care plan.”  And promised over and over and over again premium reductions of $2,500 per year.

The woefully misnamed  “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” – was a regulatory nightmare mess.

Jonathan Gruber – the guy who wrote the mess – said this was intentional.  That the Obamacare legislative process’ “lack of transparency (was) a huge political advantage.”  And that besides, We the People are “too stupid to understand” it.

Gruber made the mess a mess – so that we would then move on to government-only medicine.  Which the Left has now embraced as Medicare for All.

Never mind the fact Medicare – as currently constituted – is at least $38 trillion short.

Never mind the fact that Medicare – as currently constituted – pays health care providers abysmally.

Which is why more and more providers – refuse to see Medicare patients.

And the providers who do see Medicare patients – charge those of us with private insurance significantly more for the same procedures to make up the government shortfall:

“Medicaid and Medicare pay significantly less than the cost of providing health-care products and services….

“As the federal deficit grows, the federal government often makes cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. This translates to a decrease in the revenue doctors and hospitals receive….

“Cost shifting occurs when a hospital or other health-care provider charges an insured patient more than it does (a Medicare/Medicaid) patient for the same procedure or service.

“Those with health insurance, in effect, pay for the financial loss hospitals incur when they provide services to (Medicare/Medicaid patients).”

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The private sector has been massively subsidizing government medicine – ever since government medicine was first imposed.

So when people like Senator Bernie Sanders claim Medicare is cheaper than the private sector – they are either incredibly ignorant or lying their faces off.  It’s a good thing these people are looking to commandeer control of the entire health care sector.

So if we go to government-only Medicare for All – there is nowhere left to cost shift.  And then we start rationing medicine.  And quite quickly arrive at Sarah Palin’s death panels.

The distilled lesson from the last decade – and the last half-century-plus – is:

More government means less health coverage – for a whole lot more money.

So with that lesson learned – and tens of thousands of electoral wins earned based upon promising us less government in medicine – why are some Republicans looking to do this?

The Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 Aims to Deliver Better Health Care Outcomes and Better Health Care Experiences at Lower Costs:

“Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today released the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019–bipartisan discussion draft legislation to reduce health care costs.”

“‘There’s one issue I hear a lot about from Tennesseans, and it is, “What are you going to do about the health care costs I pay for out of my own pocket?” Well, we’ve got an answer,’ said Chairman Alexander.”

No, Senator Alexander – you absolutely do not have “an answer.”

To paraphrase the late, great Ronald Reagan:

“In this present health care crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem.”

Did Senator Alexander sleep entirely through the last decade?

Obamacare was supposed to lower health insurance costs.  It doubled and tripled them.

Medicare only lowers costs – by dramatically screwing health providers AND private insurance holders.

And in the face of all this government failure – out comes Senator Alexander waving a piece of legislation and proclaiming “We’ve got an answer.”

No, Senator – you don’t.

The only legislation that would begin to address this nightmare mess – is legislation rolling back the massive incursions into private medicine government has for decades made.

Senator Alexander’s bill – is yet another government incursion further into private medicine.

Please, Senator:

Don’t just do something – stand there.

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