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REPUBLICANS RELEARN POLITICS

Monday, March 20th, 2017

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Republicans Relearn Politics

The health-care bill is far from dead, and a contentious debate is a sign of vigor.

March 17, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan in the U.S. Capitol, March 13. PHOTO: JIM LO
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KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL

With a hat-tip to Mark Twain, reports of the death of the Republican health-care bill have been greatly, vastly, even bigly exaggerated. What we are witnessing isn’t a legislative demise, but the rebirth of a long-lost Washington concept: politics.

From the moment Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled his ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, the media have declared it a doomed project. The newspapers have run out of synonyms for division, disunity, discord, conflict, struggle, mess. Since the only thing the media enjoy more than bashing Republicans is helping Republicans bash each other, the cable stations have offered a nonstop loop of a handful of GOP naysayers and grandstanders (cue Rand Paul) who wish the bill ill.

Perhaps the talking heads can be excused for their dim outlook. The Obama administration marked one of the more dysfunctional and destructive periods in Washington—eight years of threats, executive rule, noncommunication and opposition politics. So it is undoubtedly confusing for some people suddenly to watch an honest-to-goodness legislative process, with all its negotiating, horse-trading and consensus-building.

Under prior management, Nancy Pelosi did her thing, Harry Reid did his thing, President Obama did his thing, and the three tried not to talk if at all possible. The Obama legislative affairs team couldn’t have found Capitol Hill with a map.

Today’s negotiations over the health bill feature a White House that is working hand-in-hand with congressional leaders to get to yes. Even as the critics looped on cable TV, the Trump administration was working with House leaders on a substantive amendment to the bill to address conservative concerns before the legislation hits the floor.

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WHAT HAPPENED THAT WILL GUARANTEE TRUMP’S REELECTION – GROVER NORQUIST

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

 

WASHINGTON EXAMINER

Grover Norquist: Here’s what happened this week that guaranteed Trump’s re-election and Republican gains in 2018 and 2020

Remember the date of March 13, 2017. It was the day President Trump was guaranteed his re-election and Republican congressional gains in 2018 and 2020.

It’s not complicated. Follow along.

The Congressional Budget Office released its study of Trump and Paul Ryan’s plan to repeal Obamacare and begin to reform our healthcare system. It had many numbers. Only two mattered: taxes and spending.

CBO announced that the repeal bill reduces taxes by almost $900 billion and reduces federal spending by $1.2 trillion over the next decade. This reduces deficit spending by $300 billion over the next 10 years. Thus the CBO, as official umpire, announced that the GOP Obamacare repeal plan may be enacted through “reconciliation,” the process that requires a simple majority in the House and only 51 votes in the Senate. No filibuster allowed.

Perhaps equally important, the $300 billion in deficit reduction gives Republicans a great deal of wiggle room to amend their basic plan to win votes in the House and Senate to win those 218 congressmen and 51 senators. Tax cuts can be added into the mix. Thanks to the CBO score and the underlying power of the legislation, Obamacare repeal will now pass. The path is clear.

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THE REPUBLICAN OBAMACARE CHOKE

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

 

The Republican ObamaCare Choke

If they blow health-care reform, why would anyone vote Republican again?

 

Less than three months into full control of government and the chance to reshape the American system for a generation, Republicans are doing something no one thought possible: They are reinventing the circular firing squad.

Even a politician of such limitless cynicism as Chuck Schumer is agog: “We are on offense and united. They are on defense and divided, the opposite of what people would have predicted a month or two ago.”

Maybe in politics, genes really are destiny. Under pressure from a CBO “score,” the genetic disposition of Republican politicians is to go wobbly. The disposition of movement conservatives is to get out the long knives and start carving up other conservatives.

The result will be guaranteed political defeat for years if congressional Republicans choke at the chance to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

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NEW HEALTH BILL’S SURPRISING FISCAL BONUS

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

 

The Health Bill’s Fiscal Bonus

The best chance in a generation to control a runaway government.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at the White House, March 1. PHOTO: REUTERS
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VICTOR DAVIS HANSON – THE WORLD JANUARY 20, 2017

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

 

NATIONAL REVIEW
THE WORLD ON JANUARY 20, 2017
by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON March 14, 2017
 @VDHANSON
 Red-blue tensions at home, mounting dangers abroad. Most
 Americans are worried about our domestic crises. Obama
 left office after doubling the debt to $20 trillion. Near-zero
 interest rates over eight years have impoverished an entire
 generation of seniors — and yet remain key to servicing the
costs of such reckless borrowing. Over the last eight years,
 GDP never grew at 3 percent annually, the first time we’ve
 seen such low growth since the Hoover administration.
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HILLARY AND OBAMACARE’S FUTURE

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

 

Where Clinton Will Take ObamaCare

As with HillaryCare, a single payer, national health-care system has always been the goal.

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PHIL GRAMM
Mr. Gramm, a former chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
October 18, 2016EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  For the ObamaCare of today to be transformed into the HillaryCare of 1993 and finally into a nationalized health-care system, a president is needed who has the willpower to impose the coercive details, nail down hard deadlines and unleash agencies to tighten controls and squeeze the life out of private insurers. In 1993 Hillary Clinton unapologetically proposed to do just that. If she is elected president she will have the unilateral power under ObamaCare to do it. The loss of what remains of Americans’ health-care freedom is an election away.

In claiming earlier this year that the current U.S. health-care system “was HillaryCare before it was called ObamaCare,” Hillary Clinton was telling the truth—but not the whole truth. In 1993, while first lady, Mrs. Clinton led a task force to deliver universal health care to the voters who elected her husband. She failed. After many revisions, the final bill stalled in the Senate for lack of Democratic votes.
HillaryCare was a comprehensive plan for the government to take over the health-care system, with program details and cost-control measures precisely defined. Having learned from that defeat, the Obama administration left as many details as possible to be written during implementation after ObamaCare became law. With few details to defend and the clear falsehood that “if you like your health-care plan you can keep it,” President Obama pushed through his “signature” legislation.
While Bill Clinton recently denounced the Affordable Care Act’s effect on the health-care market as “the craziest thing in the world,” ObamaCare was never anything more than a politically achievable steppingstone. As with HillaryCare, a single payer, national health-care system has always been the goal.
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OBAMACARE SICKER SHOCK

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

 

www.wsj.com/articles/obamacare-sicker-shock-1471042481

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ObamaCare Sicker Shock

Why average premiums are soaring 18% to 23% across the country.

August 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton admits she’s running to extend the Obama legacy, and so far she’s had a free ride in defending it. She hasn’t even had to explain the increasingly obvious failures of ObamaCare to deliver the affordable insurance that Democrats promised.

The Affordable Care Act is now rolling into its fourth year, and even liberals are starting to concede that the insurance exchanges are in distress and Congress may have to reopen the law. Premiums are high and soaring; insurers have booked multimillion-dollar losses and are terminating plans; and the customer pool is smaller, older and less healthy than the official projections.

The natural result is another round of rate shock for 2017. Insurers in 49 states have submitted their premium requests to regulators, and the average “enrollment-weighted” rate increase, which accounts for market share, is in the range of 18% to 23%. The Congressional Budget Office projected 8%.

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Thursday, January 7th, 2016

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

A Victory Over ObamaCare

Congress puts a repeal bill on the President’s desk.

US Capitol and US Senate in Washington DC.
January 6, 2016

Congress returns to work this week, and for once those words shouldn’t trigger a panic attack. As early as Wednesday the House will vote to send a bill repealing most of ObamaCare to President Obama, and this may become a consequential moment, assuming Republicans are prepared to make an argument.

Some on the left and right are dismissing the move as pointless because Mr. Obama will veto the measure, and of course he will, but repeal has never before reached his desk. Since the GOP won the House in 2010, Senate Democrats have filibustered health-care improvements and shielded the President, and their obstruction has continued even after they were reduced to a minority.

Republicans are now using the special “reconciliation” procedure that allows a budget bill to pass with a simple majority—which can only be used once a year—to get around Harry Reid’s bone yard. Kvetchers on the right who say the Congress never does anything should be pleased, unless their griping was merely for political show.
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VIDEO – PAUL RYAN – TRADE, RESULTS FROM THE WAR ON POVERTY, HEALTHCARE, ENTITLEMENTS, REFLECTIONS FROM THE 2012 ELECTION, DEFENSE BUDGET

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

July 2, 2015

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KILLING OBAMACARE’S RATIONING BOARD (IPAB)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Killing ObamaCare’s Rationing Board

The panel of seers is supposed to deny costly treatments.

ENLARGE
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

The Supreme Court has left the ObamaCare demolition job to Republicans, who at least until 2017 will have to chip away at its architecture piecemeal. Last week the House made a good start by voting to kill the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), aka ObamaCare’s rationing board.

Eleven Democrats joined 233 Republicans to abolish IPAB, a 15-member jury of high priests appointed by the President that’s charged with making cost-cutting recommendations for Medicare. Unlike at other federal agencies, IPAB’s diktats automatically take effect with no formal rule-making. Its recommendations also aren’t subject to judicial or administrative review.

ObamaCare’s central planners knew that subsidies and “free” health care would drive up health costs, so they hyped various cost-control gimmicks that will make little difference if they work at all. But IPAB is supposed to be the killer app. Peter Orszag and the Obamateers designed it to be insulated from politicians in Congress who might object if the bureaucracy restricts breakthrough but expensive treatments. (more…)

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