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Derailing ObamaCare and DemoDebt

The Conservative Strategy

By Mark Alexander · Sep. 19, 2013
“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people … must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.” –Federalist No. 33 (1787)

The combination of the Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund government by September 30, the implementation deadline for the next major phase of Barack Hussein Obama’s UNaffordable Care Act on October 1, and the upcoming debate on raising the debt ceiling in mid October, are combining to provide House Republicans with ample opportunity to protest the Democrat’s formula for extended economic stagnation, which is the greatest domestic threat to American Liberty and free enterprise and the most intrusive socialist legislation since Franklin Roosevelt’s despotic regime.

Our national debt load is a systemic and chronic problem with longterm catastrophic implications for our economy, which will not be resolved (in fact could be exacerbated) by a delay in government funding legislation, so Republicans will not fall on their sword on that issue. However, the pending implementation of “ObamaCare” (better called after October 1: “DemoCare”) is an immediate and acute threat to Liberty, and Republicans should do everything in their power to thwart that implementation.

As you recall, ObamaCare was rushed through the Democrat-controlled House and Senate before anyone knew what was in the 2,700 page bill – which has now grown to require more than seven feet of shelf space. (“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” –Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi) The measure passed in the Senate on a party line vote in 2009, while passing in the House by a narrow vote – 219–212 with 34 Democrats and all 178 Republicans voting against it. It was ceremonially signed into law by its namesake immediately after the House vote in March of 2010, prompting Joe Biden to proclaim, “This is a big f—— deal.”

Indeed, Obama’s plan to nationalize health care is near the top of the Left’s most coveted political prizes – second only to the “crown jewel” of socialism, the centralized control of worldview indoctrination through government “public education” institutions – and Demos have made great strides toward achieving that goal. (“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” –Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)

Obama says he will veto any bill which defunds or amends DemoCare, and that he will not negotiate anything as part of a debt ceiling agreement. Demo Majority Leader Harry Reid says, “We’re not going to bow to tea-party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea-party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional.” In effect, the Senate will provide Obama political cover through this debate.

Despite all the Leftist rhetoric about this massive socialist boondoggle being “the law which must now be funded,” it was wholly rejected by Republicans in the Senate and House, along with many House Democrats. Thus, proposals to defund it, delay it or amend it are exactly in line with what our Founder’s expected legislators to do in the interest of defending and sustaining Rule of Law.

After 41 previous attempts to delay or amend this behemoth, House Republicans have attached a “defund” DemoCare amendment to its Continuing Resolution legislation, CR being that “pass the buck” gimmick to fund government without actually passing a budget – which has not been done since George Bush’s last year in office. Using the CR to make their case against nationalized healthcare, effectively elevated conservative Republican objections above the political din.

Here is the House and Senate Republican strategy and endgame (yes, there is one, even if GOP “leadership” is trying to catch up with the rank and file). There is a growing grassroots storm brewing in opposition to socialized medicine, now that the reality and consequences of ObamaCare are starting to sink in. The House is using the CR as a vehicle to force Democrat votes on defunding, delaying or amending this job-killing budget-buster. The DemoCare dare is really a strategic long shot effort to delay implementation of the “individual mandate” until after the 2014 election when Republicans believe they will have generated enough political opposition to significantly modify major portions of the law. Indeed, Obama has, for political expediency, already unilaterally (and unconstitutionally) delayed implementation of the employer mandate.

Knowing the House “defund tactic” won’t pass a full vote in the Demo-controlled Senate, as Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made plain prior to the House legislation even making it to the Senate, this strategy assumes that Demo Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will strip out that measure and send it back to the House. The next step will be for House Republicans to return a CR replacing the word “defund” with “delay,” which is also likely to fail. As a third pass, I think the House should return a “clean CR” with an amendment to prohibit any congressional subsidies for healthcare (after Obama unconstitutionally did an end run around the Vitter amendment), and demand Executive Branch employees also be subject to all provisions of the ObamaCare mandates – both measures with enormous popular support. That notwithstanding, the measures might still stall in the Senate, where Democrats would like to run the clock down and force a “government shutdown,” which they and their Leftmedia advocates will effectively blame on Republicans.

If Demo Senators reject all of the above, then the House should, in the stated interest not shutting down government, acquiesce, and let the ObamaCare mandates go into effect as scheduled. But that does not mean the strategy is a failure – quite the contrary. Republicans will have gained enormous momentum ahead of 2014. The net effect of the Republican strategy is that Democrats in the House and Senate were forced to vote on the defund and delay measures, and will have to defend those votes ahead of the midterm elections. In regard to the measure to “delay” the implementation of ObamaCare, Demo votes against that “Republican compromise” will be judged harshly in states and districts with only modest support for ObamaCare, amid growing grassroots protests against Obama’s socialized medicine scheme.

What will drive those grassroots protests?

Obama, the consummate narcissist, having himself even embraced the name “ObamaCare,” will himself, along with every member of the House and Senate with a “D” after their name, suffer a reversal of political fortunes after ObamaCare is implemented. Why? Because ObamaCare has high negatives in public opinion polls, and from October 01 forward, every American of every political stripe who has any issue with health care, whether a hangnail or heart transplant, a delay in a doctor’s office or in critical care for a loved one, will tie blame for their discontent like a noose around the necks of Obama and his Democrats, who were solely responsible for forcing this abomination upon the American people. Additionally, dealing with government clerical minions in this new bloated bureaucracy will be no different than dealing with any other huge government bureaucracy – endless without resolution. No matter how Fab-Tastic ObamaCare may be for some Demo constituencies, Democrats are going to be the target of every health care complaint.

Indeed, when your adversary is self destructing, don’t interfere!

Even Demo National Committee chair, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, can see that pitfall from her perspective in the House. She is insisting that Democrats “must not treat every minute provision in the law as sacred.” She added that Demos “should be open to suggestions for improving the law.”

I would add that, beyond the high ObamaCare negatives among consumers in general, the number of Obama’s previously-loyal adherents who are tired of his incessant, arrogant and spiteful rhetoric, is growing.

If Republicans successfully herd the inevitable healthcare consumer dissatisfaction and anger toward Democrats, the electoral awards will be substantial in 2014, 2016 and beyond. Of course, given that establishment Republican have a propensity for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, that’s a big “if.” Republicans should heed the old adage: When your adversary is defeating himself, don’t interfere.

In mid October, the Republican House will follow the CR, with amendments to the Debt Ceiling proposal (which we hit sometime between 17 and 22 October) – a “wish list” of other amendments, including tax reform, approval of the Keystone pipeline, regulatory and entitlement reforms including means-tested Medicare, and a “chained” Consumer Price Index (CPI). But that is the next budget battle.

And Obama has provided Republicans plenty of fodder for that debate, most notably his recent assertion: “Now, this debt ceiling – I just want to remind people in case you haven’t been keeping up – raising the debt ceiling … does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy. All it does is it says you got to pay the bills that you’ve already racked up, Congress. … It’s always a tough vote because the average person thinks raising the debt ceiling must mean that we’re running up our debt, so people don’t like to vote on it, and, typically, there’s some gamesmanship in terms of making the president’s party shoulder the burden of raising the – taking the vote.”

“Pay the bills that you’ve already racked up, Congress”? Apparently Obama’s trillion dollar “economic stimulus program” FAIL is just something Congress “racked up.” This from the biggest spender and political gamesman in U.S. history.

Taking a walk down memory lane, I recall Obama waxing long on the Republican-controlled Senate floor in March of 2006, about President Bush’s request to raise the debt ceiling: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

And then there was that “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” presidential campaign speech in July of 2008: “The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – No. 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back – $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”

Fact Check: Over the 8 years George Bush was in office, our national debt increased by $4.9 trillion, due primarily to the economic consequences of 9/11 and funding two major warfronts in response. In the five years since Obama took office, his faux “economic recovery plan” has increased the national debt load by $6.1 trillion. Yes, No. 44 added $6.1 trillion “by his lonesome,” so that we now have over $16.7 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back – more than $54,000 for every man, woman, and child. That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

As a place marker on ObamaCare’s threat to Liberty and free enterprise, what follows is a brief analysis of the Left’s endeavor to nationalize healthcare.

The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” which accomplished neither patient protection nor cost reductions, is now ubiquitously called “ObamaCare,” but perhaps more aptly should be called ObamaCareless.“ The original stated rationale was to "control health care costs” and “provide insurance coverage for the uninsured,” approximately 15% of Americans with no medical coverage – which is not to say no medical care.

Of course, the real rationale for ObamaCare is to create subsidies in order to create dependencies in order to create constituencies, the Left’s template for political perpetuation. O'Care accomplishes this by implementing a scheme that will ultimately give the central government authoritarian regulatory control over more than 20% of the U.S. economy. This is in keeping with the philosophy of Obama and his NeoCom cadres of statists on the Left have effectively hijacked the once-noble Democrat Party and converted it into their own socialist party tool in their ongoing effort to pull the plug on our Constitution.

Ultimately, the objective of ObamaCare is to implement a massive single-payer system, in effect, placing the management and rationing of health care services under the thumb of a bloated and inefficient central government, with the objective of using that “achievement” as a major political stepping stone to implement a much broader socialist agenda in the coming years.

Our nation is about to take a great leap in that direction, with devastating consequences. Ronald Reagan, in a now-famous 1961 radio address, warned, “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It is very easy to describe a medical program as a humanitarian project… Most people are reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people.”

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As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid surmised earlier this summer, “What we’ve done with ObamaCare is a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever. … We had a real good run at the public option … don’t think we didn’t have a tremendous number of people who wanted a single-payer system.” When asked if he really meant to say “single payer,” Reid responded, “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes!”

Indeed, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the grossly misnamed “Health and Human Services” bureaucracy, infamously proclaimed during Obama’s first presidential campaign, “I’m all for a single-payer system eventually.”

For his part, Obama was clear in his objective to nationalize health care: “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14% of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody.”

In other words, Obama’s objective is to convert the U.S. into a Euro-style socialist state. Were he to look across The Pond, however, he would notice that the UK is now moving to privatize its National Health Service in order to avoid the fate of other EuroUnion states teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.

Recall, if you will, the inimitable words of Winston Churchill: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” More recently, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher aptly noted, “Socialist governments … always run out of other people’s money. They then start to nationalize everything.”

Sound familiar?

Moreover, Germany Christian Democrat Party candidate Angela Merkel, won reelection for implementing austerity measures, which have left Germany, Europe’s largest economy, with the lowest unemployment rate in almost two-decades, and the virtual elimination of the nation’s budget deficit.

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However, American Democrats are not so smart. Obama stepped up the Demo-goguery in support of nationalized healthcare this week: “Republicans in Congress don’t seem to be focused on how to grow the economy and build the middle class. … [A]re some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party they’re willing to tank the entire economy just because they can’t get their way on this issue?”

South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson had it right back in 2009, when he interrupted Obama’s introduction of his nationalizing health care plan to a joint session of Congress: “You Lie! You LIE!” I second that motion, without apology, and have found that it is applicable to just about anything Obama says.

Of course, Republicans are endeavoring to “grow the economy and build the middle class” as Obama takes the nation down the debt death spiral.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, Obama’s plan to continue mounting debt on future generations is unsustainable, and that debt load is exacerbated by the rising costs of ObamaCare.

As the number of major corporations opting out of ObamaCare grows, and as states and individuals start calculating the enormous cost of the exchange programs, and as even Obama’s most ardent supporters – unions – abandon his socialist scheme to nationalize health care, Obama defiantly claims, “A lot of the, you know, horror stories that were predicted about how this was gonna shoot rates way up and there were gonna be death panels and all that stuff, none of that stuff’s happened. And in two weeks, the Affordable Care Act is gonna help millions of more people. And there’s no serious evidence that the law, which has helped to keep down the rise in health care costs to their lowest level in 50 years, is holding back economic growth. All of the horror stories that were talked about have not come true.”

Not YET! In the words of P.J. O'Rourke, “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”

In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate conservatively, that the “Affordable Care Act” will increase national health spending $621 billion over the next 10 years.

Even the liberal editors of Obama’s hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune, opined, “Let’s delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law. Congress need not start from scratch. Lawmakers can build on what all of us have learned from three years of painful trial and error. Three years of attempting, but failing, to make this clumsy monstrosity work for the American people.”

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Obama blames the fracturing of his ObamaCare coalition on propaganda: “The problem we have is that over the last four years billions of dollars have been spent misinforming people about what this law is about. All of the horror stories that were talked about have not come true.”

But in fact it’s the Left’s dezinformatsia propaganda machine that has spent billions “misinforming people.” And that was before the bludgeoning from a $700 million taxpayer-funded ObamaCare marketing blitz, funneled primarily to Demo friendly ad agencies and media outlets.

ObamaCare also gives the government strong-arm capabilities associated with communist dictatorships. Most notably, Sarah Hall Ingram, who served as commissioner of the IRS office responsible for targeting Obama’s “enemies list” in 2012, is now in charge of the IRS office enforcing ObamaCare mandates. This greatly expands the opportunity to target a much broader “enemies list” with a wide range of tax and regulatory compliance mandates.

Ingram and her cronies have at their disposal an unprecedented amount of personal information centralized under the ObamaCare Data Hub, a compilation database of all manner of information on every American, ostensibly to determine eligibility for subsidized insurance.

With the brewing political battle over the budget deficits and implementation delays as a backdrop, here is the shortlist of ObamaCare bullet points from our previous analysis on this socialist behemoth:

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health-care reform should be guided by a simple principle: Fix what’s broken and build on what works.”

  • Tens of millions of Americans are going to get cancelation notices on their private insurance plans, and despite Obama's assertions to the contrary, he knows the cancelations are coming.

  • Suspension of employer mandate – Obama unilaterally suspended application of the employer mandate portion of the law. This is a clear violation of constitutional authority. Obama has stepped over the Constitution, as he frequently does, to pick and choose which laws or portions of laws he enforces without consultation with Congress. It also throws the law off balance, because it allows employers to skip their obligations but leaves individual consumers and employees beholden to the law.

  • Congressional Exemption – The Office of Personnel Management quietly issued a blanket exception that allowed Congress and congressional staffers to continue to receive their generous health benefits rather than having to enroll in ObamaCare. Louisiana Sen. David Vitter has introduced legislation to reverse the OPM exemption and end the subsidy, as required by the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, one of Newt Gingrich's Contract With America provisions. Of course, Congress continues to exempt itself from most mandates and regulations it imposes on the rest of the nation.

  • Political Exemptions – HHS has issued exemptions to hundreds of employers, nonprofit groups, and union organizations for delaying their entry into ObamaCare. The reasons for the exemptions are because these groups will lose employees, money, or members by taking part in the law as it is currently designed. However, the exemptions have been either arbitrary or directly linked to organizations that have publicly supported the law or Obama and Democratic elected officials.

  • Subsidies – HHS lifted all restrictions for people applying for subsidies to pay for federally approved health benefits. These millions of people will therefore be on the honor system in reporting their income or whether they are already receiving assistance from an employer or other federal entitlement – a clear invitation to mass-scale fraud.

  • Insurance premium increases – ObamaCare claims that premiums will not go up. Indiana is predicting a 72% hike; Ohio is predicting an 88% hike. Florida and California project even greater devastating increases.

  • Insurance coverage changes – A July Wall Street Journal analysis revealed that few of the low-rate insurance policies that healthy people now purchase will be available once the law is fully implemented. Individuals will be forced to pay more regardless of their need for coverage.

  • California insurance companies opting out – In the nation's most populous state, Anthem Blue Cross is opting out of covering small businesses. UnitedHealth and Aetna are opting out of individual consumer insurance pools. This severely threatens the viability of the insurance exchange in the state.

  • Doctors opting out – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced in August that the number of doctors opting out of seeing Medicaid patients has tripled in the last three years. Doctors are also limiting the number of Medicare patients they treat, and fewer doctors are taking on new Medicaid patients.

  • Implementation Delays – During the last week of August 2013, HHS delayed signing agreements with insurance companies that would sell plans on the federal exchanges beginning October 1. One reason was the technical difficulties in coordinating the display of information on federal websites.

  • ObamaCare Speak – The IRS rules defining minimum essential coverage do not mention the word “tax” in explaining the penalty for not meeting minimum coverage standards. Instead, the new phrase is “shared responsibility payment.”

  • Power of the Exchanges – Federal and state bureaucrats will have the power to arbitrarily bar from taking part in the insurance exchanges any physician or health care services that don't meet certain standards. Standards, by the way, are being set by an unnamed and unaccountable panel of experts appointed by the government – in other words, death panels. States and the federal government will also be able to bar the sale of insurance to individuals and small businesses outside the exchanges.

  • Seeking Donations from the Private Sector – This past spring, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius privately reached out to numerous health industry officials, businesses and charitable groups, asking them to provide material or financial donations to aid the implementation of ObamaCare. She wrote letters or made phone calls to private groups, church organizations, and health industry executives. The presumption was that larger organizations were expected to contribute more.

  • “Bending the Cost Curve” – ObamaCare was supposed to bend the cost curve down. But a May report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee compiled from 17 of the country's largest insurance companies stated that insurance premiums will rise 100% on average, and in some cases as high as 400%. Small businesses will see hikes of 50% to 100%.

  • Employers trimming coverage – Insurance brokers are now designing and packaging bare-bones plans that employers can offer to their employees in order to cut costs. The plans are modeled after traditional catastrophic care plans that offer coverage for only certain circumstances. These plans will remain within the realm of the law because the level of employer-sponsored coverage was never specified.

The Demo strategic solution to ObamaCare sticker shock and employers moving full time employees to part-time in order to remain solvent. They will just raise the subsidies to make insurance “more fair.” They will lower the bar on what constitutes part-time employment. However, let me reiterate: From October 1 forward, Americans of every political stripe who have any issue with health care will tie blame for their discontent like a noose around the necks of Obama and his Democrats, who enacted it, and more recently refused to defund or delay it.

Until a majority of “we, the people” are ready and willing to throw off this tyrannical burden, we will suffer the consequences. As 18th century philosopher Joseph de Maistre wrote, “Every nation gets the government it deserves.” Maybe the 2014 elections will provide that majority.

In 1816, Thomas Jefferson provided the words that should form the rallying cry for every conservative candidate on the 2014 ballot: “We must make our election between economy and Liberty, or profusion and servitude.”

Footnote: According to analysis by the Wall Street Journal, when Sen. Ted Cruz unwittingly derailed the conservative House CR strategy, he may have boosted his political capital, but the shutdown is taking a heavy toll on House Republicans. The Journal notes the shutdown eclipsed Obama’s IRS, Benghazi and Syrian scandals, and now has Republicans on the run. For example, in July, Republicans had a 12-point lead with independents. Now Demos lead by nine. And GOP’s favorability rating has dropped by 10 points to 28%. Alexander questioned Cruz’s tactics in “Cruz’s Box Canyon.” He does not question Cruz’s motives, but believes his tactics were wrong, and the resulting Republican infighting is self defeating.

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118 Comments

Craig in Pasadena said:

Here's an Armageddon warning: If Obamacare is not repealed, our professional medical service industry, including doctors, nurses and hospitals, will shrink to catastrophically low levels, coinciding in the next 15-20 years with the largest population influx into aged, infirm years in our nation's history. This is truly a mind-bending disaster, which can be averted ONLY by reverting to a substantially free-market medical care system.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

You may be correct. what I do know is I no longer pay out of pocket 1,500 p/m and I still have the same insurance, same benefits, same Dr's.
I did not one thing, we must appeal the Universal Health care Act. the Tea Party which is so h... bent on saving money, spent over 53m in useless votes instead of taking care of the people business before them. It might play with the base but enough already, Jobs, not this clown show.
We complain so much that we want to forget it is a Heritage Foundation idea.
You are correct, it is a Ponzy scheme of sorts, they need younger people to sign in.
the Gv's of Fl Az, along with 8 others who arer Tea Party Gov, who fought against so long and hard, said, we want it for it does what? Lower insurance premiums and it will produce jobs. Was they lying before the S., Court Ruling or lying now?

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Penny Niceley in Fallon NV replied:

Spoke to my granddaughter this am. She is married, three children, they thought they had a good budget.
Their medical insurance is $238 a month now.
She told me that, in January, it will go over $1,000 a month!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Kurt.S in Missouri said:

Why does Congress keep passing CRs instead of making the President live within a budjet? Put together a budget that has no provisions for the UN, obama-care, Foreign aide, the EPA, NPR, Congressional and Presidential aircraft rides, no money for IRS, DOJ and State department liars, no money to pay czars, and positively no slush fund. Send it along to the Senate and let them pass or fail it as they see fit. If they pass it let the guy in the white house take the heat if he doesn't sign it. This garbage of some dumb pol whining and not passing a budget is counter to the Constitution.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Paul Kirkegaard in Baldwin, MD replied:

Well said! Pass a 1x debt ceiling increase that covers our existing obligations TO THE PENNY and then forward a bare bones budget that will force the tax and spend liberals to operate within their means. You know, like the rest of us do on a daily basis. Of course all of the career politicians in Washington are only interested in the next election cycle so you can count on another round of corruption and incompetence. TERM LIMITS people...public service is public service, not a career path.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

I agree!

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:43 PM

RichardB in Chattanooga replied:

While I agree with your solution, I find it a bit sudden. It took us years to get into the mess we are in and I believe we should reverse course in increments. My plan would be for the House to take the 2008 budget, adjust for inflation and pass it. That would have the effect of de-funding obama-care and other bills passed by the socialists under obama. During next year's budget talks the goal would begin again with the 2008 budget but only Constitutionally authorized spending would be adjusted upwards for inflation. All other spending would be cut 10 %,

The over all goal should be to return the federal government to only spending on those items spelled out by our Constitution at the end of 2023. During those ten years We the People would have a chance to amend the Constitution. If Congress and 3/4 of the states agree that we should have, for example, National Parks, let an amendment state that. If not, then the National Parks would be sold to the highest bidder and the proceeds used to pay off debt.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

I agree!

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I asked the same question when President Reagen kept raising taxes and raised the debt ceiling 18x. It's the nature of the beast. I'm with you yet we seem to believe it's an us v them problem when its an us v us problem.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

You are correct about Mr.Reagan. However, the debt limits that were increased defeated The USSR.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

James Wright in Wheeling, WV replied:

Well said and you've touched on all the subjects that I see as failing the American people. Political correctness has to go too as that lunacy has added untold regulations and the attendant costs to those trying to conduct commerce in any form. We NEED voter ID laws to keep the takers from committing fraud and voting like lemmings - always for whom provides the biggest handout. I'm afraid America is too far gone. Unless our politicians grow the spine that seems to be missing and start standing up to perpetually aggrieved, the idiot class will hold sway over those who did their best for America. That is the tragedy of all this.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

The House of Representatives sends a budget to the Senate every year. Every year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid round-files it. If your state has a Democrat Senator, it's part of the problem.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

RADDAD in Atlanta said:

Single payer anything is the most expensive and inefficient method.
If there were no other way to purchase a new car but from one source, what prices would that one source command ? Add a second unaffiliated car dealership, and what happens to the costs ? The other side is quality (efficiency) - If the single car dealer has bad service, you must wait for your turn to go to a bad service department at the dealership. Add a second dealership, and the option to utilize the competitor is realized - service in both dealerships improves. ..... I have experience with the NHS in England - ask doctors that are no longer in the system - WHY ?
An entire "brown" market of healthcare exists in England, and NO ONE is addressing or commenting on it. rad

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I travel to Scotland and other British commonwealth countries. Most of them love the system. What you said intrigues me so lay a source on me.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Craig in Pasadena said:

Sorry to disabuse the Chicago Tribune: Obamacare cannot be "tweaked"; this Rube Goldberg monstrosity cannot possibly be rationalized. The Republicans have formulated an alternative, free-market approach with protections for pre-existing conditions, poor people, and adult children. Obamacare must simply go, despite the billions spent so far to enact regulations and to attempt to decipher it. Obamacare is a "sunk cost"; people in business understand how to proceed from here . . .

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Lay a place I can find an GOP plan to replace it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

R.K., here you go: http://rsc.scalise.house.gov/solutions/rsc-betterway.htm

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. From there it’s a short step to all the rest of socialism.” Ronald Reagan

"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits." Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus Greek Philosopher

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Nina in Las Vegas NV replied:

So Reagan gave them that idea and they ran with it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

Not intentionally if that is what happened. He was simply observing history. One of the great appeals of Hitler's National Socialism was his promise of government-provided health care for everyone. The Marxist dictators did the same.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Kurtis Davis in Braggs, Oklahoma said:

Mr. Hamilton continues in Opinion #33: "The propriety of a law, in a CONSTITUTIONAL light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded." Our Constitution clearly states, as reason for existence, a right to liberty (right of choice), which is further protected by the 5th and 14th amendments. Therefore the only hope for justifying MANDATORY healthcare would be ratification of an amendment---which would of necessity contradict the preamble and 5th & 14th amendments. That our founders were keenly aware of medical treatment is made especially clear by Mr. Madison in Opinion #38, and accordingly, their omission of such concept within the Constitution cannot be accident. In all this rhetoric, America fails to answer a simple question: why can't there be adequate healthcare for all, with conditions of liberty to go with it? For in answering such simple question, we begin to see that mandatory healthcare is really about transferring wealth from one group to another, with little or no real emphasis on people's health, and with complete disregard of their God given rights.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Kurtis Davis in Braggs, Oklahoma said:

You want to understand why this bizarre term "single payer", and others like it, are so much nonsense??? Go back to what Mr. Hamilton said in Opinion #33: "...take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution...". Whereas the term "single payer" DOES NOT appear in the Constitution, "LIBERTY" does, and it is "LIBERTY" which is injured!!! How much more simple does this get??? When government equates "LIBERTY" (right of choice) with "do this or else" (mandatory healthcare), it has more in common with armed bank robbery than the Constitution every official swears to uphold.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Bud in The Divided States of Amerika replied:

Terrific posts Mr. Davis. Sad that the Low-IQ-Voter DEMOgraphic in this country will not even try to appreciate your perspective. If I may paraphrase our Low-IQ-Voter DEMOgraphic Representative-in-CHEEF ..."Yer, uh, ug, uh, you know, ah point of view, is uh entirly, uh, well, entirly too logical and uh, you know, elegant". Such people only want WIFM - What's In It For Me?

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Kurtis Davis in Braggs, Oklahoma replied:

In view of how the debate goes concerning mandatory healthcare, and its conspicuous absence of LIBERTY, I can only wonder who the hell the "low IQ" voters are.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Ragweed in West Virginia replied:

They are the ones standing beside the "low IQ" politicians.

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Michael in Mountain View said:

Let's be honest. I'm a conservative, but this is not DEMODEBT. We just came off the biggest spending frenzy in recent history under George W. Bush and Congress. I was a Bush supporter, but don't act like the Republican sellouts are innocent. You don't have to be real smart to be in Congress, Just be FOR SALE. The price is always right.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Bud in The Divided States of Amerika replied:

Yes let's be honest about the Bush era, and I also am conservative, voted for Bush, would do it again in the blink of an eye without any consideration what-so-ever with respect to what is now flushed out as a despicible and leftist idealogically EVIL party. I can't say it was fair and square, but Soetoro and company won a shot at the helm of our country by disguising their EVIL AGENDA with "Hope & Change". They reneged on "Hope & Change" and gave us statism, socialism, and narcissistic "Use & Abuse". They could have, should have taken the path that I think you intimate as conservative, much as I do. Instead, you cast blame? Well, I am really tired of 'Blame Mentality'. There is no solution in blaming anyone or anything. It doesn't even feel good, and even worse, casts the blamer in a bright light of incompetence.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Ernest Wilson in Maryland replied:

I completely agree with Bud. Blame is useless, the real issue is how do we fix the problem of over-reaching government and to many ignorant voters who support it? Reagan understood and spoke out in simple understandable terms. Today's GOP are hysterical with concern but cannot articulate solutions.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Amen, you cut to the chase of the problem

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Ragweed in West Virginia replied:

I would like to see a Q&A session between some plain old common people, and the president and congressional leaders, put together in such a way that the deck wouldn't be stacked. I have some really good questions I'd like to ask, and I'd like to heat their answers.

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

You won't get a coherent answer,Ragweed. Ever listen to Obama or Pelosi?

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

What you will get is a lot of blather all around the question that in the end means nothing of significance, followed by a dismissive look that says, "I'm the expert your fellow citizens elected, I know everything and you know nothing."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM

RamonaG in Pasadena, CA said:

Just great.... Anthem Blue Cross left much to be desired, but it was the "cream of the crap". Now, they are leaving CA (I work for the City of Los Angeles), and I am being forced to use Blue Shield. Thank God I am healthy and I strive for health every day...
My goal is to never enter a Dr's office in my lifetime - God willing!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Kurtis Davis in Braggs, Oklahoma said:

If the President wants to "grow the economy", how about tariffs on the flood of communist junk??? If the economy is to grow, how about changing "NAFTA", so as to help put millions back to work??? How about limiting oil companies to 10% profit on investment, instead of allowing wholesale debauchery of our national currency??? How about getting rid of invasion by 10,000,000 unlawful Mexicans, who drain the public treasury and cause price inflation for necessities??? How about reigning in bureaucracy out of control (EPA, OSHA, etc), and returning to "laissez faire"??? How about fiscal policy which avoids being fulfillment of the Marx-Lenin communist strategy for ruining American capitalism???

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Kurtis Davis in Braggs, Oklahoma replied:

Want to put millions of Americans back to work? Want to secure our southern border? Want to help eradicate illegal drug networks? Want to rid price inflation of necessities? Want to embrace proven example of President Eisenhower? PUT A $1000.00 BOUNTY ON ILLEGAL MEXICANS, AND REMEMBER THE ALAMO.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Ernest Wilson in Maryland replied:

How about we put 10 million Americans back to work by making work more desirable than welfare? People are not so stupid that they would go pick apples and abandon a $35K per year hand out. Nixon tried price controls back in the 70's and we soon found out that government interference in the free market results in shortages. See how well it worked in the old Soviet where people waited in line all day for a sausage.
The oil companies like most of American suppliers earn their profits which they then use to search for new energy and attract new investment. Strangely, that system, with it's built in incentives and risk-rewards works, while nothing else does

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Ragweed in West Virginia replied:

Limiting oil companies to 10% profit on investment? That IS socialism.

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:13 AM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

Mr. Davis, NAFTA is not what moves our industry out of the country. It is our ridiculous income tax system and our myriad regulations. There are 18 nations that have greater economic freedom than we do, and many nations have a much lower cost of doing business. Because of our regulations, manufacturers in the United States have a more difficult time getting access to resources for their products than some located in Communist countries, for crying out loud. What we really need is a United States Internal Free Trade Agreement. Oh, wait, it already exists, it's called the Constitution of the United States. Unfortunately, the gang that claims to be the government of the United States doesn't abide by it.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:31 PM

JWH in "The Republic of Texas" said:

Unless and until the American People awake and realize that most of what is being done to them by the federal government, these un-constitutional laws, rules, and regulations will continue without end. Both major political parties have found ways to subvert our founding documents during the past 100 years and the logical end to this travisty is a return to surfdom for most of our population.

WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

M.Mangan in Melville,NY replied:

Much of America is in serfdom, don't you understand that.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Bud in The Divided States of Amerika replied:

So far, it is your Liberty & Freedom that grants you the privilege of being the pheasant you obviously admire!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:18 PM

JWH in "The Republic of Texas" replied:

You are either kidding or understand nothing about surfdom!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

READY4ACHANGE in ILLINOIS said:

This will be the RINO's and Republican's last chance to redeem themselves! If they don't get their way on the debt ceiling and defunding the ACA - unless the voting booth is rigged next year - out with all of them!!!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Hondo in Great Stinking Desert, Baja Arizona said:

"Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State." - V.I.Lenin

Dear Lord Save us!!!

Everybody, including Mark, has been sucking up the Kool-Aid for so long that brain damage has resulted.

The only thing wrong with our "Health Care" system is the government!

I am getting rather old, and I remember when the government had no say in anything regarding personal health. Insurance was less than cheap, and those who could not afford insurance were given health care by private means, such as charitable doctors, local and national charities, churches, and, most importantly, family. My first health insurance policy from Blue Cross, with full coverage of any and everything, in 1963, cost me a whopping $25 per YEAR!

How to "fix" it: Shred Obozocare. Then, revise federal and state law so anybody can purchase insurance from anywhere. Anywhere, you say? Yes. Anywhere. Eloy, Arizona, Noo Yawk, Noo Yawk, Butte, Montana, London, England, Tokyo, Japan,&c.

By doing so we open the entire industry to competition, and competition is the very root and trunk of Capitalism.

We are not socialists. We are not communists. We are not marxists.

We are free Capitalists. Capitalism cannot exist without freedom.

What is at stake is not "health care." It is FREEDOM!

I know it is difficult to memorize things, but see if you can memorize this:

I WILL NOT COMPLY!

Semper Fi!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

M.Mangan in Melville,NY said:

Exactly, what is wrong with the Affordable Care Act?? I have heard absolutely NOTHING that is specifically bad with the ACT.As for constantly calling it by the Presidents' name, please remember that he is only the EXECUTIVE for CONGRESS. The system that we have NOW has failed!! That is why CONGRESS has changed it to a much better system. It will stop people from going to Asia for operations that can be done here. It will employ many more AMERICANS. Get with it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Bud in The Divided States of Amerika replied:

I don't really give a damn if you want Obamacare, so long as you are willing to pay for it, without requiring any other living breathing American, to put one penny into the plan. You've exposed yourself as a willing thief, willing to steal from the working class today, and willing to steal from babies, generations of babies that may come to be in the world if they can survive your 'abortion gauntlet' - because that could possible be how long it takes the UnAffordableCare Act to implode under it own weight. You are a criminal, thief, and definitely UNAMERICAN!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:13 PM

The Arkansas Cooke in Springdale AR replied:

"Exactly, what is wrong with the Affordable Care Act?? "
Where in the Constitution does the Federal Government have the authority to take over the Health Care system of the United States? Since we are asking the question, where in the Constitution, does the Federal Government get the Authority to control our Education System, Our Environment, our Auto Industry ... the list goes on. When do they stop or when do we have to STOP THEM?

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

What is wrong with it? With you as Mitt and others as so articulated, go the E.r. not pay for it. the Er is stretched to the limit and it is no longer a safe stopgap. for this I pay for them, or you. this is whats wrong with the GOP system.
what's wrong with the system, the H/C system for insurance enjoyed a 80% profit ratio. what;s wrong, they have stated, we deny you care so we can have more profits. If you die you die. the Insurance companies are the death Panels.
Whats cool is FOX News got caught saying, Use misdirection, Use Covert Hypnosis to sell our view to the base. You've been played. We've been played.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Nina in Las Vegas NV replied:

Fox news rules, so what if they got caugt with that stupid thing, it means nothing. They say it like it is. Hannity is a super hero who is getting bump by executive order to the 10:00pm slot. MSM lies all the time and every day.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:12 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

So they said a stupid thing, what of it? They play you and it's cool. MSN plays the other side. there is no cool, only power mad power brokers who feed on the poor for greed and stupidity knows no bounds.

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 4:01 AM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

Yo ! Are you some kind of a moron!? We are seeing the demise of the greatest healthcare system in the world as well as seeing the snatching of liberty by the statist Obamites. Obama doesn't know the Constitution, has no clue how to run a business and couldn't cure anything and you want him involved in your health decisions? I just answered my own question. I know what kind of a moron you are.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Bud in The Divided States of Amerika said:

Well we better start picking our candidates now and figure out how to help them. O'bamao hasn't ever quit campaigning, so you can bet his buddies haven't either.

Too bad we cannot 'RECALL'-The-President, and neutralize all of his appointments and executive orders in the process.

If we can't IMPEACH him, then by God RECALL him!

RECALL President O'bama - Not a bad campaign slogan!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:04 PM

JWH in "The Republic of Texas" replied:

REcall President Obama = REPO

I like it!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM