Liberty wrote:Politicial games. The Freedom Caucus, claims it wasn't good enough. The Leftist are jumpining with joy, the Establishment Republicans are claiming victory because the failure will be blamed on Democrats. We don't even know what the plan was. The only certainty is that American people continue to get screwed over and in todays world everyone is a winner in the blame game.
The highlighted sentence is untrue. Unlike the Obamacare process where our lovely friend Nancy Pelosi coyly told fellow legislators and all of the rest of America that we "had to pass the bill to see what's in it," once a working draft of the 2017 bill was put forward, it was made public and anyone with internet access could read not only the full text of the bill, but the proposed budget impact:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-con ... /1275/text
Obamacare affects me personally--and will continue to do so this year and next--to the tune of over $22K per year when considering nothing but premiums and max out-of-pocket. My premiums have almost tripled since 2014 and, for comparable plans available in the third most populous county in the U.S., for 2017 my choices of insurers were reduced to just three: Community Healthcare System, Molina Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. As recently as 2015, in Harris County we had choices that included Blue Cross, Aetna, Humana, and United Health Care. Not only have all
the major insurers but Blue Cross pulled out of the marketplace for Harris County, but--in the city with the largest medical center in the world
--under Obamacare no
insurer in Texas any longer offers PPO plans of any type at any cost, and major hospital systems like M.D. Anderson (ranked No. 1 for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report
) decline to accept any Obamacare plans of any kind.
I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but we're not waiting for Obamacare to implode. It already has. The federal cost of Medicaid in FY 2015 was over 49% higher than the Dept. of HHS had projected just one year earlier
. And that give-me-something-for-nothing socialism--and liberal sense of entitlement thereto--is doing nothing but growing. Medicaid spending hit taxpayers to the tune of $554.3 billion in fiscal year 2015
, a 12.1% increase over 2014 and over 5% higher than the HHS 2014 estimate (and, mind you, both the Medicaid and CHIP programs require matching payments from the states, and that $554.3 billion number does not include expenditure from the tax coffers of the states). As a comparison, for FY 2015 the federal budget for the entirety
of the U.S. military and defense programs was $598.5 billion. One of the inconvenient truths of Obamacare--besides skyrocketing premiums and greatly diminished choices--is that, since 2013, about 84% of all new Obamacare enrollees
were people given the "gift" of a Medicaid free-ride.
Yes, I am insanely frustrated over what's occurred this week in D.C. over healthcare reform. But my frustration is not with the White House or the Speaker. The plan wasn't perfect, but I'm pretty confident I'll go to my grave without ever seeing a perfect piece of legislation. However, to me, it seemed a good compromise to move forward with reform. We all knew going in that there would be no such thing as a total repeal of Obamacare; any solution would have to keep certain elements of it--like no exclusion for pre-existing conditions--in place. We also knew that it was highly unlikely that any of the snowflake dems would vote for any early iteration of the bill. But to have a handful of republicans refuse to support it and let it proceed to the Senate for consideration/refinement?
What I'm left with is the image I can't remove of Nancy Pelosi at the podium, clearly tempted to dislocate her shoulder by patting herself on the back, and her Botox gloating grin at the podium while she chuckles and repeats "rookie mistake"...and even telling us how passing a bill requires building consensus and building your caucus; this from the woman who helped shove Obamacare down the nation's collective throats, telling us we don't need to understand the bill or what's in it, because the plebeian U.S. taxpayers obviously must be too stupid to understand what is in their best interests.
Since I can't unsee that image...