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Monday, July 31, 2017

3 Republicans Most to Blame For Creation/Expansion of Obamacare

~ 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney stomping to repeal a health plan he was the original architect of while Governor of Mass.. ~eyes rolling~

Its the beginning of a new week so normally we hate rehashing previous ones but it was so bad for the GOP involving repeal/replace of Obamacare that it can not simply be glossed over or allow the mainstream media to define it

The reason I don't say Trump is because unlike the Republican Party, he's making a sincere effort to go about dismantling a bad health insurance policy named after an even more terrible former President and person.
The GOP have had 7 years to get their act together and formulate some kind of cohesive plan or strategy and have shown at every turn complete cowardice and insincerity to want to change anything

The big reason we believe is that because through Obamacare, the government provides very large subsidies to insurance companies and forces people to get coverage which increases profitability, health insurance company stock values have gone up considerably in the last 7 years along with the rest of the artificial market

This means more and more money for shareholders; the 1%

Someone should investigate how many Congresspeople and Senators in both parties have investments in health care related stocks and compare that to what their position on Obamacare is

So time to delve beyond headlines of this past Friday and understand where we are.

Though Obamacare was passed exclusively with Democratic support and amid fierce opposition from the GOP, there were Republicans along the way who either paved the way for its adoption, or hindered efforts to undo it.

Their actions were a mix of a lack of seriousness about policy, political cowardice, deception, ideological incoherence, and outright embrace of big government liberalism.

So let's look at the 3 Republicans who are most responsible for Obamacare:
1)  Mitt Romney

Any list of Republicans responsible for Obamacare has to start with Mitt Romney.

As governor of Massachusetts, Romney worked with future Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, the late liberal icon Ted Kennedy, and a Democratic legislature to push a universal coverage plan in the state.

The law expanded Medicaid, mandated that individuals purchase a specific type of insurance, and set up an exchange on which individuals used government subsidies to purchase government-designed insurance.   Sound familiar?
Under Romneycare and before the adoption of Obamacare, Massachusetts had the highest insurance premiums in the nation, by far — more than double the neighboring state of Connecticut — which was a sign of things to come nationwide once Obamacare was adopted.

Romneycare was used as the model for Obamacare, and his support and subsequent rise in GOP politics, allowed Democrats to sell their proposals as being less radical than they actually were.

Pretty ironic and disgusting that in 2012, the GOP were badmouthing Obamacare as horrible and yet nominating the originator of it as the man to be their President..   Ugh!
2)  Chief Justice John Roberts

Roberts served in the Reagan White House and was appointed by President George W. Bush.

Some may feel that Supreme Court justices should not be thought of as partisan and if they are doing their jobs properly, should not rule that way but any rogues' gallery that did not include Roberts would be incomplete.

In his confirmation hearings, Roberts declared, "My job is to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat." and yet when faced with the most significant decision of his career, Roberts became an active player, rewriting Obamacare in order to save it.
After correctly determining that forcing individuals to purchase insurance was not constitutional under the commerce clause, he decided that this otherwise unconstitutional encroachment by government was justified just because lawmakers slapped a penalty as the enforcement mechanism.

Though the penalty was not included in the revenue raising section of the law or described as a tax anywhere in the legislative text, Roberts decided to shed his umpire gear and take a swing at rewriting the law to turn the provision into a mere tax.
By doing so, he split with conservatives on the court — including swing Justice Anthony Kennedy — who voted to strike down all of Obamacare, and sided with liberal justices who predictably fell in line behind their president.

But that's what people in power do.. They manipulate existing law to suit their political aims and ideologies

No matter what he does for as long as he serves on the bench, conservatives should always remember his betrayal in NFIB v. Sebelius.
3)  John Kasich

Yes, the same evil bastard who tried his best and failed to derail Trump's candidacy

Though Roberts deserves blame for saving Obamacare, there was a silver lining to his decision. Roberts was able to win over two liberal justices to agree to allow states to opt out of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion without losing all of their existing Medicaid money.

This was a huge change, that allowed governors to save their states from the burden of an expanded Medicaid program, and save money for federal taxpayers as well.

Holding the line on expanding Medicaid was also a huge opportunity to contain the growth of Obamacare, making it easier for Republicans to repeal the law once they gained power.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich was not the only Republican governor to expand Medicaid — Vice President Mike Pence also stabbed conservatives in the back by expanding the program as governor of Indiana, but no Republican governor behaved with more brazenness and dishonesty in expanding the program than Kasich.

He ran for governor in 2010 of Ohio as a Tea Party opponent of Obamacare, declaring days before the election, "Obamacare must be blocked." But when the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion optional, powerful hospital lobbyists led by the Cleveland Clinic convinced Kasich to embrace the expansion so they could receive more federal money.
Kasich then sanctimoniously spun his cynical betrayal of his 2010 campaign boasts in religious terms, implying conservatives who disagreed with him were bad Christians. When the Republican legislature rebuffed his plan to expand Medicaid, Kasich bypassed them to impose it on Ohio.

During the past six months, Kasich has served more as a lobbyist to preserve Obamacare, joining with Democratic governors to fight Medicaid changes and push for more federal handouts.


There are many other Republicans to blame but these are the biggest three

And now you understand better why Obamacare is still in existence and why as a nation we've developed this perverted mindset that universal healthcare for all is a basic right and no one has the guts or will to simply repeal it.

No one in power wants it gone and pretty much everyone wants things as-is because there's some kind of financial benefit for all

Rotten system we have in place.. Rotten Congresspeople and Governors

At least we have a decent President.