The way the Democrats instantly reverted to violent anti-Republican rhetoric over the GOP health care bill while Rep. Steve Scalise is still in the hospital (ranting that it’s a “death bill” and millions of Americas will DIE if it’s passed), you’d think that if the Republicans don’t pass it, Obamacare will stay in place and everything will be wonderful. They never bring up the fact that the entire reason we need a replacement bill is that the health care bill they gave us is going into a death spiral all by itself.

Just as a reality check/wake-up call, Western Journalism put together an investigation into the history and current state of Obamacare. It reminds us of what we were promised, what was actually delivered (they just threw lots of money at the problem, with the same effect as throwing $25 million at Jon Ossoff’s Congressional bid, so that government now controls 80% or more of our health care dollars) and what’s happened since (the average nationwide premium increase since 2013 has been 99% percent for individuals and 140% for families; and 70% of counties now have only one or two insurers still in the exchanges). It also takes a look at some suggested alternatives that would be cheaper and more efficient.

In other words, don’t listen to those who’d have you believe that any attempt to replace Obamacare is killing a system that’s working great and any alternative will make people die. They’d like you to think this is a choice between a mean, evil Republican plan or Heaven. It’s actually a choice between grabbing a life preserver or drowning.

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CBC Update

June 22, 2017

As a candidate, President Trump passionately denounced the way minorities in inner cities are forced to attend substandard public schools, deal with high crime and be denied good job opportunities. He promised to make it a priority to fix that. So he met with the Congressional Black Caucus in March, and he just extended an invitation to the entire CBC to meet with him again at the White House. And they rejected the invitation.

The CBC is reportedly angry that Trump hasn’t acted on their policy requests from March yet (odd, since there’s certainly been nothing to distract him from getting important work done in the past few months), and they’re afraid he might use the meeting for a photo op to boost his standing with black voters.


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It seems to me that if they really cared about helping the people who sent them to Congress, they’d go find out what the President wants to talk to them about. I highly doubt that he invited them to meet with him just to boost his standing with black voters, but the CBC’s refusal even to accept the invitation should definitely lower their standing with black voters.

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