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Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demonstrated her position on the power of the Federal government in a republican democracy during a campaign stop in Waterloo, IA, the other day. The New York Times cited her as saying about Democratic Party presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders (D, VT): Sanders wanted to scrap it [Obamacare] […]

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Obamacare Repealed! Well, Not Really


House Speaker Paul Ryan announced today that H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood, is headed to Obama’s desk. According to Speaker Ryan:

For five years, Senate Democrats have blocked our efforts to repeal Obamacare. That ends today. With this vote, we are keeping a promise and putting a bill that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood on the president’s desk. This budget reconciliation bill, which would reduce the federal deficit by a half trillion dollars, forces the president to confront the failures of Obamacare head on.

A Glossary of 2016 Campaign Terms I Just Made Up


As hispandering (pandering to Hispanics) enters the American political lexicon, so too do a host of other terms whose meanings may not be immediately clear in the rapidly-changing landscape of the 2016 presidential campaign. Below is a glossary of some of the newest terms and their definitions.

Kasichiness – Most often afflicting Democrat and establishment Republican governors, this condition results in the irresistible itch to expand your state’s roll in bankrupting the already insolvent Medicaid program. Scratching this itch usually only makes the condition worse.

Is There a Real Alternative to the Ideas of Trumpism?


RTX1ZP41_trump_supporters-e1451321671210Let’s posit that Donald Trump’s polling power — particularly among white working-class voters — mostly reflects that group’s economic troubles and anxieties about the future. What sort of economically-sound agenda might resonate with these voters? Something other than border walls, immigrant roundups and deportation, and trade wars with Asia.

In his much buzzed-about The Atlantic piece, David Frum tries to outline just such an agenda:

Admittedly, this may be the most uncongenial thought of them all, but party elites could try to open more ideological space for the economic interests of the middle class. Make peace with universal health-insurance coverage: Mend Obamacare rather than end it. Cut taxes less at the top, and use the money to deliver more benefits to working families in the middle. Devise immigration policy to support wages, not undercut them. Worry more about regulations that artificially transfer wealth upward, and less about regulations that constrain financial speculation. …

Grassroots Conservatives Stage GOP Intervention


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Hey, GOP, what’s happening? I assume you’re wondering what we’re doing at your place. I understand you’ve been fearful that this Trump fellow will end up running a third-party campaign. But let’s talk turkey: Given that you’ve lost the popular vote in five of the last six national elections, it’s safe to say that Trump’s running a third-party campaign right now. So let me just cut to the chase: we’re worried about you and are staging an intervention.

Let’s face facts: you have been favoring your holy trinity of DC elites, Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce at the expense of your principled-conservative base for too long. Somebody has to go and if it’s not going to be politically-connected elites then it’s going to be someone who can’t do without: working-class families. In other words, us.

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I’m accustomed to being isolated politically. When I lived in San Francisco, for example, I was not only president of the Bay Area Republicans Club but I was also the member. Other places I’ve lived – Wheaton, Illinois, Boulder and Denver, Colorado, Herne, Germany and Long Beach, California have only reinforced to me the truth […]

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How To Talk to Your Progressive Niece about Obamacare This Thanksgiving


shutterstock_41145493As your family gathers around the table this Thanksgiving, the conversation may get a little heated if a left-wing relative brings up the 2016 race, the attacks by ISIS, or President Obama’s failing health reforms. In particular, the Affordable Care Act remains unpopular and misunderstood among the American public — a combination that makes it likely fodder for holiday conflicts.

The liberal website ThinkProgress posted an article titled “How To Talk To Your Tea Party Uncle About Obamacare This Thanksgiving” while Vox published “How to Survive Your Family’s Thanksgiving Arguments.” So, if your niece is a progressive blogger and starts making wild assertions about the Affordable Care Act, here are some key points that will help keep your conversation on track:

Claim: Obamacare is not causing premiums to skyrocket.

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Obamacare was sold to the public on a premise that only the economically illiterate could have bought into: That through Government regulation of the health care market it would be possible to simultaneously add millions of people to the demand-side of the health care market, require them to receive higher levels of service and… here’s […]

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If I Didn’t Know Obamacare Was Working Great, This Might Worry Me


Obamacare-train-wreck-002In times of trouble and crisis, one can find solace and stability in first principles. Example: “The Affordable Care Act is working just fine. No need to worry — ever.”

So when I read news that, on first take, would seem to possibly suggest — maybe, I dunno — Obamacare is not working just fine and one should worry … well, back to first principles.

This from Wall Street Journal reporters Anna Wilde Mathews and Stephanie Armour:

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Apparently, yes: Beginning in December of 2016, restaurants with more than 20 locations will be required to provide calorie information on their menus, despite evidence that this does not influence ordering decisions. This new mandate is part of the multi-stage Obamacare rule roll-out. Preview Open

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I want to begin this post by assuring you that I consider Obamacare to be disastrous not only for American healthcare itself, but more importantly for America’s unique social compact. In fact, I think that the very reason our President was willing to expend his entire political capital pushing Obamacare through Congress is precisely because […]

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Beware the Wounded Animal


US-POLITICS-HEALTHObamacare is failing. Here’s the latest from The Wall Street Journal (behind pay wall):

The majority of ObamaCare’s insurance co-ops—12 of 23—have now folded, and their $1.24 billion in federal loans has all but vaporized. More will fail, nearly a million Americans may lose coverage, and now the contagion from their failures is spreading.

The co-ops are government-sponsored nonprofits that were supposed to increase competition, but instead they’re causing the greatest insurance disruption in decades. The co-ops aren’t merely jilting their displaced members or the taxpayers who supplied their “seed money.” Local regulators are defying the feds to close them because other insurers are liable for their toxic balance sheets.

Is Obamacare Really Dead?


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There’s currently a lot of talk about Obamacare heading into a “death spiral,” which most of Ricochet’s readership predicted before Barack, Nancy and Harry whipped, bribed, and bamboozled a Democrat-led Congress to drag ACA across the reconciled finish line.

National Review’s free market proponent Kevin Williamson wrote a great article “Obamacare is Dead” which is being joyfully retweeted among the conservative Twitterverse.

A Winning Issue for Republicans: Repeal Congress’ Obamacare Exemption


shutterstock_159942077By Kellyanne Conway and Heather R. Higgins

With so much time spent and ink spilled over who will carry the banner for the GOP both in the presidential campaign and now for new House speaker, perhaps the real question is not who, but what is a winner. Some new survey data suggests an unorthodox issue might help Republicans attract voters who have been elusive to the center-right, and help the party re-establish its law-abiding, anti-crony moorings with its base.

Would you agree that women, young people, liberals, and minorities have cost the GOP elections? Wouldn’t it be worth noting an issue that has more than 70 percent support overall, and above 60 percent even among these groups largely sympathize with the left in presidential elections?

A Real Deal


imageWe’ve come to think of compromise as splitting the baby. Comprehensive immigration reform, for example, is a particularly good example of this sort of bad compromise: Republicans agree to an amnesty now, Democrats pretend they’ll do a better job of enforcing immigration laws in the future, and we pretend to believe them. I agree that’s awful, and we can’t do that sort of thing anymore.

What I propose is more like a trade: we get something we want, they get something they want, both at the same time.

For example:

A Litmus Test for GOP Leadership


shutterstock_225535513A big topic of conversation in the Beltway and beyond is the new Republican leadership elections scheduled for next week. While most are asking who will replace Boehner’s team, the more important question is what will they do differently?

There’s a great opportunity for new GOP leadership to differentiate themselves, which will start the process of taking advantage of their majorities in both houses. It’s past time for Republicans to move legislation that Democrats can’t duck and that will advance our strategic interests and policy goals, and it’s what Americans want to see Republicans do.

As I recently wrote in The Hill, here’s the most effective one: