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Today's Commentary: Single payer health-care in California -- Bernie Sanders' Remedy -- WJ investigates Obamacare
The Speaker of the California Assembly has shelved until next year a bill to institute universal single-payer health care. It could be revived next year, and likely will be, because it’s the hot button issue for the leftwing “progressive” tail that wags the dog that is the state Democratic Party. They’re already howling in outrage against the Assembly and blaming the postponement on insurers and (apparently, out of habit) President Trump. However, Speaker Anthony Rendon pointed out that even senators who voted for the single payer health care bill admitted it had a number of potentially fatal flaws, such as cost controls and financing.
To put that in plain English, even universal government-paid health care’s supporters calculated that it would cost $400 billion a year, or more than twice the current annual state budget. And that’s just a lowball estimate. Implementing it would drive countless businesses out of California, lead to inevitable rationing of care, and bring about financial ruination – yet a lot of California lawmakers said "what the heck" and voted for it anyway. Anybody surprised to hear that? Didn’t think so.
The “progressives” currently protesting the shelving of the bill might as well be shaking their fists at the sky in fury and outrage that the government can’t repeal the laws of nature and reality. Come to think of it, I think that’s what being a “progressive” has now come to mean.
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Bernie Sanders' Remedy
By Mike Huckabee
In the wake of the Democrats’ latest loss in the Georgia special election, Sen. Bernie Sanders called for a “fundamental restructuring” of the Democratic Party “in terms of how it does business and what its points of view are.” He’s right, that’s sorely needed; but he would restructure it in a way that would make both the Party’s electoral prospects and its effect on America even worse.
Sanders falls into the same trap as many other far-left Democrats, believing that the problem isn’t their philosophy or policies but a failure of marketing. If only they could communicate how wonderful their big government, class-warfare philosophy is, Americans would flock to them. Despite outspending Republicans 7-1 in Georgia and owning Hollywood, Internet companies and about 95% of the media, the Democrats just can’t get their message across. Bernie wants voters to know that the Democrats “feels the pain” of working families and will challenge the rich. He and his followers can’t grasp that working families have first-hand experience with his policies, from the US to Venezuela. They’ve long since figured out that those policies cause their pain, and when leftists talk about soaking the “rich,” they define “rich” as anyone who makes a dime a year more than they do.
Charles Krauthammer recently made an excellent point: for all the talk of the Republican Party being split over Trump, most Republicans still support Trump, even if some do it grudgingly; but it’s the Democrats who are genuinely split in two incompatible factions. The Bernie “progressives” believe in high taxes, big government, wealth redistribution and all the other leftwing dreams. The Clinton faction panders to various identity groups in hopes of stitching enough of them together to squeak over 50% of the vote. Their problem is that many of those groups have opposing interests (for instance, blacks and blue collar workers don’t want to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants and lose their jobs to them; many blacks are religious and don’t support LGBTQ rights, etc.) The Clinton faction has no philosophy to run on, other than “Republicans are evil and we should be in power.” The Bernie faction has a clear, coherent philosophy, but it’s insane and doesn’t work.
Their only real marketing problem is that according to Marketing 101, you first need to have a good product to sell. Everyone already knows only too well what the Democratic Party’s two products are, and most of us think they both need to be recalled.
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WJ investigates Obamacare
By Mike Huckabee
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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