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WING NUT GAL ON THE AHCA

According to 8 Need to Know Facts About the AHCA from housegop.leadpages.co/healthcare, the following is what you need to know about the AHCA legislation that was withdrawn prior to vote the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, March 23, 2017.

  1. Dismantles the Obamacare taxes that have hurt job creators, increased premium costs, and limited options for patients and health care providers, including taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health insurance premiums, and medical devices.
  2. Eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties, which forced millions of workers, families, and job creators into expensive, inadequate Obamacare plans they don’t want and cannot afford.
  3. Prohibits health insurers from denying coverage or charging more money to patients based on pre-existing conditions.
  4. Helps young adults access health insurance and stabilize the marketplace by allowing dependents to continue staying on their parents’ plan until they are 26.
  5. Establishes a Patient and State Stability Fund, which provides states with $100 billion to design programs that meet the unique needs of their patient populations and help low-income Americans afford health care.
  6. Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid by transitioning to a “per capita allotment” so states can better serve the patients most in need.
  7. Empowers individuals and families to spend their health care dollars the way they want and need by enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), nearly doubling the amount of money people can contribute and broadening how people can use it.
  8. Helps Americans access affordable, quality health care by providing a monthly tax credit, between $2000 and $25,000 a year, for low and middle income individuals and families who don’t receive insurance through work or a government program.

I have always said, even dating back to the days when the Clinton administration was attempting to pass “Hillary Care,” if we allow government run health care to pass and the federal government to grab 14% of the nation’s economy, that would the beginning of the end of the United States of America. I also said that the un-doing of such a hideous piece of legislation would be all but impossible.

When President Trump was elected, in part, because he promised to get rid of Obamacare, I knew it couldn’t be done in a day, or in weeks, or maybe even in months. The Democrats totally own Obamacare and could rightfully be blamed for its flaws. Once the Republicans came in and began to make changes, no matter now minor or how extensive, they would then own it. Democrats, along with the mainstream media were sure to trash it and claim how many Americans it is killing and will continue to kill; and the ones it doesn’t kill will suffer unbearably. Remember, Democrats don’t care about the truth or about facts. In other words, this had to be done right, no mistakes! Even though I am anxious for my premiums to decrease, I wasn’t in a hurry because again, I wanted this done right.

As much as I would like to go back to when Obamacare didn’t exit, unfortunately, that’s going to be impossible. Much of Obamacare is entitlements and once you’ve granted entitlements, it is next to impossible to pull them back. Examples include the allowing of children to be on their parents’ healthcare plan until age 26 and the inability to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

When House Speaker, Paul Ryan pulled the AHCA legislation and didn’t allow a vote because there were not enough votes to pass it, I was disappointed because I felt that this was the best we were going to be able to do in getting rid of the most evil piece of legislation ever wrought on the American people.

I might be wrong, though. In fact, I hope I am wrong. I would certainly support something that would make it so that Obamacare never even existed. I would love to have my premiums at the level they were three years ago. Three years ago, I was on a COBRA plan, and while it wasn’t cheap, it was affordable, and I had good insurance. For those of you who may not ever have had the need to check into Cobra prices, they are comparable to prices you would pay for health insurance should you have to procure it on your own.

What is the White House doing now since the AHCA wasn’t voted on? I’m getting mixed signals from the media outlets about what next. I’m hearing that work has already begun to revive “repeal and replace.” I’m also hearing that AHCA is dead in the water and the White House is moving on to tax reform. While it would have been nice to have the taxes in Obamacare repealed before moving further on tax reform, it wasn’t going to happen.

There’s no way you can spin this to say that it wasn’t a big setback for President Trump and the Republican party. But that’s what it was, a setback. The Trump presidency is not coming to an end like many on the left would have you believe. Like Rush Limbaugh said on his 3/27 monologue, “Trump’s voters do not blame him for this. Trump’s the new guy. The people that have been there all along appear to be the people that can’t get anything done, but Trump was gonna be the guy to go in there and change all of this and didn’t.”

Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich thinks that the Trump White House, instead of attacking tax reform, should focus on an infrastructure bill, something in which the Democrats will work with him, and give him a legislative victory. Not sure I agree with that because I really want to see tax reform take place, and I will admit that it’s for personal reasons.

Rush Limbaugh has also indicated that he thinks that the Democrats are salivating at the opportunity to work with Donald Trump. He thinks they will jump at the chance to work on an infrastructure bill and even on fixing Obamacare. I don’t necessarily agree with Rush on this. The Democrats have so much hate for Republicans and anyone who disagrees with them, plus they’ve continuously maintained that they will not work with President Trump. Instead, they will do everything they can to wreck his presidency.

I’ve said this many times. Donald Trump is a business man and in his conglomerate, when he says jump, employees say, “How high.” That’s not the case in the public sector, and he just got his reminder of that. The facts are: Donald Trump is the President of the United States for at least the next three years and ten months. He will continue to work on his agenda of limited government, tax reform, and the diminution of Islamic terrorism. Democrats will continue to fight him tooth and nail with nothing but hate in their hearts for Donald Trump, his administration, and his supporters.

What’s going to happen with health care? Obamacare is and has always been a train wreck. It’s close to imploding. And when it does, it will still be owned by the Democrats.

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I HATE THE WORD HATE AND ITS DERIVITIVES

When I was growing up, I was taught that the word, “hate,” was a terrible word and should be used only sparingly. You shouldn’t say you hate somebody, you should say you don’t care for somebody. Instead of saying I hate beets, you should say, I don’t care for beets.

In this day and age, though, “hate” and its derivatives have become mainstream words. Now how did that happen? If you’re expecting me to say that the liberals started the “hate” phenomenon, you are correct!

Dating back to the 20th century, liberals embraced the emotion of “hate.” I can recall the animal rights group, PETA, throwing buckets of blood on people who dared wear a fur coat, made from real animal skins. I also remember these same folks attacking laboratories in protest of using animals for testing of various items from cosmetics to over-the-counter drugs. These people were vicious, letting nothing stop them in their quest to destroy anything and anyone who disagreed with them. Instead of approaching their so-called adversaries and seeking to address their concerns, they destroyed property that wasn’t theirs and made many enemies.

Shortly thereafter, we started hearing the term, “hate speech” thrown around by those on the left. While I’m not exactly sure what constitutes hate speech and the liberals change the definition on the fly, I believe it has something to do with what liberals consider disparaging talk with regard to minorities, particularly when it comes to race and sexual preference. Of course, any denigrating speech about southern, white, conservative, straight, Christians is perfectly allowable because southern, white, conservative, straight Christians are so terrible that they deserve it. This was the beginning of Orwellianism in this nation. While you couldn’t be prosecuted for what the liberals considered hate speech, you could certainly be slandered by those on the left.

In the nineties, we also started hearing about “hate crimes” and what constituted a hate crime. If a white person murdered a black person, was it because that person was black? And if so, you were guilty of what the liberals termed a “hate crime” and that “hate crime” was subject to punishment more severe than a “non-hate crime” murder. It became the job of the prosecution to get inside the assailants head and determine what he or she was thinking at the time of the murder. I do have trouble with the “hate crime” concept. How is murdering someone because you don’t like their skin color any different from murdering them for any other reason? Ask a liberal? Again, this is another Orwellian concept of attempting to get into one’s head and determine one’s thoughts. Your thoughts are not your own anymore.

Now, the word, “haters,” is used every day in common place situations. If someone is critical of your efforts, that person is a hater. Of course, liberals commonly accuse conservatives of being haters if they don’t agree with the liberal philosophy of governing or disagree with the current liberal president’s policies. If you’re not for government run healthcare, you hate the sick; if you’re against entitlement spending, you hate the poor; if you’re against affirmative action, you hate minorities; and the list goes on.

One thing that particularly annoys me about liberals and their love affair with the word “hate” and its derivatives, is the way the accuse you of being a hater if you don’t like the current president. Look at how many liberals hated George W. Bush and said terrible things about him. But just let a conservative say he or she doesn’t agree with the current president’s policies, the liberal automatically label him or her as a hater and a racist. They don’t even attempt to engage in a political dialogue.

I made a comment once that it was Democrats that actually looked down on women and advocated paying for all birth control methods for all women because women couldn’t control their libidos. For this comment, I was accused of hating all government programs and those who were recipients of those government programs including Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, etc. Talk about a stretch! So, if you disagree with one government entitlement program, you’re accused by liberals of hating all entitlement programs and those individuals who are recipients of those programs.

If you come to the conclusion that it’s actually the liberals who are haters, you are right. They invented the concepts of hate-speech, hate crimes, and don’t hesitate to call those who disagree with them haters. I live in central Alabama, yes central Alabama and never have I head the current president called the N-word (that would be hate-speech to the liberals). My fellow Republicans do not agree with his policies and most don’t like his disrespect for the American people. His wife is not a favorite of a lot of folks around here; but the root of their dislike is the comments she made to the effect that this was the first time she had ever been proud of her country when her husband became the Democratic nominee for president prior to the 2008 presidential elections.

Liberals don’t want to hear any of this, but they are the actual haters in this nation. The depths of their hatred towards the poor, the middle class, and minorities is so profound that their goals are to keep these people “in their place” by controlling every aspect of their lives. They call the rest of us haters in order to direct the attention away from themselves.

They will not stop until they have control over all of the people they hate, including the poor, the middle class, minorities, Christians, and white people. Should we even try to stop them? One day, we will have to in order to maintain the American way of life. Drastic measures may have to be employed. Are we willing to do what is necessary?

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