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GOP Rallies Behind Idiotic Bill

Republicans are about to do something very stupid. Using bribery, threats and cajolery, they intend to pass a catastrophically unpopular bill on a party-line vote.

GOP: Obamacare is unpopular, so let’s pass a new health care bill that’s even MORE unpopular.

Normal Person: Why would you do that?

GOP: No, you don’t understand. Obamacare is totally imploding, so if we pass this bill now, all its problems will be blamed on us!

Republicans would be better off doing nothing. They can survive the ridicule for running against Obamacare through four election cycles and then not repealing it. They cannot survive a bill that does nothing to fix the actual problems with Obamacare.

The only explanation for the GOP doing something so stupid and unpopular is that it’s all about tax cuts.

Why can’t we get it through their heads that we didn’t elect Trump to cut taxes? Forty-five percent of people don’t pay any federal income tax — and they voted for Trump! Taxes on high earners (or “Hillary voters”) are at a historic low.

Here’s a somewhat more important issue I’d like to submit for Republicans’ consideration: PEOPLE CAN’T BUY HEALTH INSURANCE THEY WANT, CAN’T SEE THE DOCTORS THEY WANT AND CAN’T AFFORD THEIR PREMIUMS AND DEDUCTIBLES.

How about allowing people the option of buying insurance that doesn’t cover sex change operations, gambling addictions, psychotherapy, liver transplants for illegal aliens and so on?

Instead of squandering this moment, Trump the businessman should seize it to trumpet the free market. This is a golden opportunity to give a speech explaining why, contrary to everything your professors told you, communism doesn’t work. To paraphrase Talleyrand, what Republicans are doing with Obamacare is worse than a crime; it’s a mistake.

Liberals always promise us wondrous cost-saving government programs, and then, it turns out, none of the laws of physics support their exciting plans. Obamacare is crashing and burning — and Trump hasn’t done a thing to anyone’s health care. He can say, perfectly accurately, he was just standing there when the plane hit the ground.

What sets us apart from the rest of the world is freedom — free people, free markets, free minds. That is how America became the most prosperous nation in the world. There’s no genius that can compete with the genius of the free market.

Sentient adults are perfectly capable of making their own choices about what health insurance to buy, the same way they make choices about what food to buy. The whole key to fixing Obamacare is not to repeal it, but to allow the rest of us to buy insurance on the free market.

Right now, it’s illegal to sell an insurance plan that most people would like to buy. Instead, you have to buy plans that cover millions of things you don’t want and nothing that you do want — all in order to pay for other people’s health care.

It would be as if grocery stores were required to charge you $60 for a head of lettuce in order to fund the federal school lunch program.

It is a blood libel to say we don’t care about the old, sick and dispossessed. Everyone has plenty of food in America, even without $60 heads of lettuce. That’s the free market! As Trump said, we will care for them better than they’ve ever been cared for before. But, first, the welfare cases have to be separated from the free market.

Proposed law: “Notwithstanding any other provision of federal or state law, it shall be lawful to purchase or sell any health insurance product in the United States of America.”

Skip the repeal — so there’s nothing for leftist ruffians to protest — and just give the rest of us the option of escaping Obamacare to buy health insurance the same way we buy everything else. Only a free market can guarantee good products at good prices.

Trump used to understand this! In the very first GOP debate, he said, “What I’d like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state. … Get rid of the artificial lines and you will have yourself great plans. And then we have to take care of the people that can’t take care of themselves. And I will do that through a different system.”

The “lines around the states” were the 50 state insurance commissions determining which health plans could legally be sold in each state — mandating, for example, that every plan include coverage for acupuncturists, chiropractors, fertility treatments, speech pathologists and so on.

Instead of throwing off the shackles of these commissions and giving us a nationwide free market in health insurance, Obamacare imposed one enormous federal shackle.

As a result, “health insurance” under Obamacare isn’t insurance at all — it’s the government forcing us to pay for other people’s health care through ghastly insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays in exchange for highly limited health insurance for ourselves.

Trump ought to be using the flaming wreckage of Obamacare to illustrate what’s wrong with all Soviet five-year plans. It could be as iconic as Reagan’s Berlin Wall speech. Teenagers would vote Republican for the next 70 years — 80 or 90 years, if they could finally buy decent health insurance.

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Ann Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events.
  • Bill Von Gremp

    Ann is right of course but what she is “right” about only direclty applies to individuals and families that don’t have their health insurance paid for by their employer. Which is a very small slice of the overall market. Most people are covered under their company plan so they don’t think anything is wrong…THEY’RE COVERED. For now. Ann’s bell ringing needs to be more seriously considered by the folks on the company health plan because if this whole thing blows up and the Republicans lose control the Democrats will march immediately in lock step to enact European, socialist healthcare for America. Wake up, folks. As an aside, I heard someone say the other day that the Republicans blew it big time when they fell into the trap of adding the word “replace” after repeal. They did not have to do that but, as they always seem to do, here we are with a bill where government will have a big say-so in almost 20% of the economy. What is it about the Republicans that they can always be shamed by the Democrats into acting more like Democrats? Reagan and Gingrich are the only two I can remember having fought the fight tooth and nail for conservative POLICIES to be enacted.

    • jrj90620

      You forgot Rand Paul and his father,Ron Paul.Both fought for individual freedom,more than the 2 you mentioned.

      • Bill Von Gremp

        I was speaking of the wide palette of conservative issues and not just individual freedom…but individual freedom is right up there at the top of my list. That being said, I appreciate the Pauls’ efforts but can you name one major policy enactment they achieved? I am scratching my head trying to think of one.

  • Scots-Irish

    Republican politicians and the party leaders are gutless and clueless. Has anyone watched Lindsey Graham lately without getting an urge to vomit?

    Anyone with half a brain can figure out that the best course of action is to do absolutely nothing, let Obamacare implode and tag its pain and suffering to Democrats.

    Republicans have not known how to pin any denigrating label to Democrats since Reagan employed the “tax and spend” tag in the 1980s. Clearly, today’s Congressional Republicans are more concerned with perpetuating the circle jerk they are engaged in.

  • tomwinfield77

    I fully agree. Go back to Free Market Health Insurance. We didn’t have government mandated insurance until Obamacare. So let’s go back to the Free Market. Now. Take care of the poor with Medicaid or whatever, and let the rest enjoy the best prices and best plans they can get on the Free Market. Stop all this lunacy about government run healthcare. We are a Republic. A Democracy. Stop the Socialism! it doesn’t work. It doesn’t work. It doesn’t work. The GOP will die, like the Democrats, with another version of Obamacare. Hey GOP! Stop being so utterly stupid!

    • ToniStimmel

      N0 !! no !, no ! We must go further back to Free Market Healthcare. Free Market Health insurance is what created this mess because the insurance industry was allowed to use monopolistic tactics against healthcare providers to get better prices for the insured patients than uninsured patients. That was not a level playing field by any stretch. The prices charged by healthcare providers have to be regulated, but that doesn’t mean fixed by any outsider but rather made regular for all their patients who pay in the same time frames.

    • ErnieLane

      Limit “the poor” to those actually below the poverty level, not the lower-middle class like Obamacare does.

  • ThomasCollins1

    “…they intend to pass a catastrophically unpopular bill on a party-line vote.”

    Oh no, Annie, don’t you read the NYT? Now that obamacare is imploding, US voters have suddenly decided they like it.

    “This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act'”.

    “Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.” Mo Brooks (R-AL)

    And that’s it – one sentence.

    Let the democrats replace it, if they ever get the majority again.

  • Bill Corbett

    I never have understood the “repeal and replace” clause. BO care should be repealed and the only replace, if we actually need a replace, should be a simple need requirement from those who can’t afford to pay the full premium for private insurance. If the government needs to get involved, it could provide a simple premium supplement to those who can’t afford to pay the full premium. People could then purchase the plan that fits their needs. In the case of Pre-existing conditions, the premiums would naturally be higher for people with those conditions. The proven “needs” supplement could provide additional funding for those higher premiums.

  • ToniStimmel

    ObozoCare left a scorched earth behind it so there is nothing to fall back on except chaos if ObozoCare is just repealed. First stop the bleeding, Illegal immigrants will no longer be covered by ObozoCare; life and death emergencies will be stablized only and the family will be immediately deported.

  • OhioHomeowner

    Easy as 1-2-3!
    1. “Proposed law: “Notwithstanding any other provision of federal or state law, it shall be lawful to purchase or sell any health insurance product in the United States of America.””
    2. “Skip the repeal — so there’s nothing for leftist ruffians to protest — and just give the rest of us the option of escaping Obamacare to buy health insurance the same way we buy everything else. Only a free market can guarantee good products at good prices.”
    3. “Trump used to understand this! In the very first GOP debate, he said, “What I’d like to see is a private system without the artificial lines around every state. … Get rid of the artificial lines and you will have yourself great plans. And then we have to take care of the people that can’t take care of themselves. And I will do that through a different system.”

    “The “lines around the states” were the 50 state insurance commissions determining which health plans could legally be sold in each state…”

  • Firewagon

    I still see nothing but the “entrenched establishment!” The dems in lock step to derail ALL things Trump, the repubs, for the past fifty-odd years, are simply ‘democrat lite,’ unable to be effective on anything! With half the former ‘criminal’ outfit having proved themselves liable for felony convictions followed by prison time, wut is the “Greatly Overrated Putzes” doing(?), allowing the ‘minority’ to INVESTIGATE them! How do I get in that corrupt circle where I start broke and become, not just a lowly millionaire, a 100 times a millionaire?

  • ErnieLane

    “Republicans would be better off doing nothing. They can survive the ridicule for running against Obamacare through four election cycles and then not repealing it. They cannot survive a bill that does nothing to fix the actual problems with Obamacare.”
    He’s right. The Republicans can be blamed for not being able to repeal Obamacare. But once they pass a new healthcare law, they will “own” the result. Passing a bad bill will be much worse than doing nothing. They should pass a simple bill that does nothing but repeal Obamacare, and a few months down the road fix what _needs_ fixing.

  • ClarenceDeBarrows

    Right on, Ann! Trump’s a smart businessman, he’s got to know this. Send him an email!