Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00…
CFIF on Twitter CFIF on YouTube
This Week's "Your Turn" Radio Lineup

Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

 

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT:  Kay S. Hymowitz, William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute - An Epidemic of Loneliness;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Ross Marchand, Director of Policy for Taxpayers Protection Alliance - Unwarranted Carcinogenic Classifications and How the US Government is About to Drive Up the Cost of Videogames;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste - 2019 Congressional Pig Book;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Marlo Lewis…[more]

June 17, 2019 • 12:48 pm

Liberty Update

CFIFs latest news, commentary and alerts delivered to your inbox.
Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
Dems' Big Lie About Kavanaugh Print
By Betsy McCaughey
Wednesday, July 18 2018
As the states are proving, Obamacare rules aren't the only way to protect people with pre-existing conditions — just the dumbest way.

Democrats are so desperate to torpedo Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court that they're resorting to scare tactics, telling Americans that his confirmation would put 130 million people at risk of losing their health insurance.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says Democrats can sink Kavanaugh by showing how his appointment will lead to a court majority that "repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions." It's demagoguery. And it's working, as demagoguery too often does.

Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a frequent Trump opponent, is already moaning that the SCOTUS appointment will determine if "West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their health care."

Not true. Even if the Supreme Court does strike down the Affordable Care Act someday, the era of insurance companies turning down applicants with health problems is over. Across the country, Republican and Democratic state lawmakers agree on that. They are busy devising smarter ways to protect people with pre-existing conditions and keep insurance affordable, with or without Obamacare. Not one of these plans throws people with health problems under the bus. Democrats' rhetoric about losing coverage for pre-existing conditions is hysteria.

Even so, Democratic fearmongers have a shot at derailing Kavanaugh; they only need one Republican defection. With Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., absent due to brain cancer, Republicans have a razor-thin 50-49 Senate majority.

A TV ad targeting Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, claims the GOP has "a plan to install a Supreme Court Justice who will overturn" protections for people with serious health problems and "take us back to a time when insurance companies could deny you coverage." It warns viewers that "130 million Americans" could be dropped.

What's the truth? Before Obamacare, fewer than half a million people a year were turned down by insurers because of poor health. Not 130 million. It was a tiny problem that needed fixing.

Unfortunately, Obamacare fixed it the wrong way  by requiring insurers to charge healthy people and chronically ill people the same amount. It's extortion. Five percent of the population uses 50 percent of health care. Healthy buyers pay sky-high premiums with huge deductibles and seldom get anything covered when they see a doctor. All their premiums are going to cover the 5 percent.

In the first six years of Obamacare, premiums tripled. Actuarial experts point to the misguided pricing scheme. No wonder red and blue states alike are looking for better ways.

Alaska, Minnesota, Maryland, Oregon and Wisconsin are reimbursing insurers for their costliest patients using general revenues to bring down premiums for everyone else.

You might expect blue states to go that route. But red states are adopting the same fix. Governor Scott Walker, a conservative Republican, vows to maintain protections for people with pre-existing conditions by reimbursing insurers with public funds to cover the costs of chronically ill Wisconsinites. The state predicts premiums will drop 13 percent in 2019 and another 12 percent in 2020.

To get out from under Obamacare's rigid federal regulations, 20 states, including Wisconsin, are challenging Obamacare in court. The states that are suing cite unaffordable premiums and insurers exiting, and say they should be free to devise better remedies. Like Wisconsin is already doing.

It's possible that in two or three years, the lawsuit could reach the Supreme Court, where a Justice Kavanaugh would have a vote. Alarmist Democrats are flagging the lawsuit as an attack on protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Nonsense. As the states are proving, Obamacare rules aren't the only way to protect people with pre-existing conditions  just the dumbest way.

The states are maneuvering around Obamacare rules to give the healthy lower premiums and still protect the seriously ill. That sure beats scaring the nation with phony numbers and misleading warnings about pre-existing conditions.

As for Brett Kavanaugh himself, he has never written one word about covering or not covering pre-existing conditions. To smear him as an enemy of the sick is pure flimflam.


Betsy McCaughey is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and a former lieutenant governor of New York State. Contact her at
COPYRIGHT 2018 CREATORS.COM

Question of the Week   
Prior to 2016, what was the last Presidential election year in which the candidate who won had never before held elected public office?
More Questions
Quote of the Day   
 
"[T]he public fretting about launching a war with Iran ignores the fact that Iran has waged its own war against the U.S. and its allies for decades. It has supplied insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan with the roadside bombs that maimed and killed U.S. soldiers. It tried to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. More recently, Iran's diplomats and operatives were tied to terror plots in Western…[more]
 
 
—Eli Lake, Bloomberg Opinion National Security and Foreign Policy Correspondent
— Eli Lake, Bloomberg Opinion National Security and Foreign Policy Correspondent
 
Liberty Poll   

Should the 2020 U.S. Census add a multi-part question regarding U.S. citizenship, including specifically whether the respondent is or is not a U.S. citizen?