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Sen. McSally Must Avoid the Trap of Counterproductive Prescription Drug Legislation

Senator Martha McSally (R - Arizona) has broadly proven herself a stalwart ally of conservatives, libertarians and the Trump Administration in her brief tenure on Capitol Hill.  A former U.S. Air Force A-10 pilot, her votes have confirmed President Trump's phenomenal array of judicial nominees and advanced his economic agenda to bring us arguably the greatest economic conditions in history.

She must be careful, however, to avoid potentially catastrophic missteps on the issue of healthcare and prescription drugs.

Specifically, Sen. McSally has introduced legislation and supported other Senate Finance Committee proposals that would introduce drug price controls from socialist foreign healthcare systems to the U.S., empower the Department of Health and Human  Services (HHS) to directly…[more]

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211 ObamaCare Loses in Two Courts, not Just One

“Once you explain what’s in the bill, the American people of course like it.” ~Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nevada) “It’s going to be very, very exciting.  But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  ~Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D – …

212 ObamaCare in the Crosshairs: Why Repeal May be Closer Than You Think

Back in February – when liberals were in fever pitch over the prospect that a filibuster might derail their ambitions to make healthcare a federal utility – America’s columnist laureate, George Will, remarked of the Democratic Party’s fainting spells, “Filibusters are devices for registering intensity rather than mere…

213 The Government War on the American Diet

“My body, my choice” worked for abortion advocates, but that does not seem to apply to the American diet.  Federal and local governments for years have told us what we should and should not put into our bodies.  Whether it's alcohol or cigarettes, saturated or trans fat, sugar or salt, legislators and regulators pick things off…

214 The GOP’s ‘Doc Fix’ to ObamaCare: Doctors as Congressional Candidates

With elements of ObamaCare going into effect before the November mid-terms, voters in at least 31 congressional districts will have the opportunity to send someone to Congress who can offer an expert’s critique: a local doctor.  After years of fighting reduced Medicare payments with an annually passed bill known as the “doc fix,&rdquo…

215 Rep. Paul Ryan: Costs of This Debacle Will Be High

The legislative victory among Washington's political class comes at a high cost for all Americans forced to swallow this bitter pill. This massive health care overhaul - a remake of one-sixth of our economy - will exacerbate the very problems this reform effort sought to address. It will dramatically alter our deteriorating economic and…

216 From “Yes We Can” to “No Means No” – How Health Care Is Destroying the Obama Presidency

If George W. Bush was country music personified and Bill Clinton was smooth jazz, Barack Obama is Wagnerian opera. There’s something about our 44th president that pines for drama – whether in the shape of a make-or-break speech or an against-all-odds campaign.  Read either of Obama’s best-selling books and you’ll see this…

217 ObamaCare: It’s Law When the President Signs It, but What Is “It?”

Unless President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can bribe, blackmail or waterboard their way to the 216 House votes currently required to pass ObamaCare (assuming no one falls suspiciously ill or suffers an equally suspicious accident), it is over, done, finished, kaput...for now. For reasons explained below, it is imperative for opponents of…

218 ObamaCare: The Public Will Be Damned Only if We Allow it

Sometimes a writer captures, with relatively few words, an understanding that humbles those of us who merely try. Such is the case with Michael Gerson, writing of ObamaCare in The Washington Post:  “Whatever the legislative fate of health reform – now in the hands of a few besieged House Democrats – the reformers have failed…

219 Visions of Our Government-Controlled Medical Future, With or Without ObamaCare

My wife and I go to an island doctor.  We don’t live on the island, but we drive to the island doctor because he is one of the best diagnosticians in an area heavily populated by the aging and heavily serviced by docs with degrees from prestigious medical schools.  Our doctor is a sole practitioner, with a nurse and a receptionist.&…

220 Brown Victory in Massachusetts Kills ObamaCare Either Way

The veil placed before the door of liberalism’s holy of holies was torn on Tuesday night in Massachusetts.  With a decisive victory in the Bay State’s special election for the U.S. Senate, Republican Scott Brown is headed to Washington to assume a seat that was held by Ted Kennedy for nearly 50 years.   Republicans will paint…

221 President Obama’s Health Care Snake Oil

The health care claims peddled by White House pitchmen over the past several months might just as well have been snake oil.  The most laughable claim is that their 2,000-page, $2 trillion monstrosity of a bill will actually reduce health care spending in the U.S.  According to the Administration’s own Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

222 The Transparency of the Presidential Lie

Most of us know someone who, as is said, will lie about what he or she had for breakfast.  For those who don’t know such a stranger to veracity, meet the current President of the United States.  Now you know one. The late, lamented columnist and language explorer, William Safire, made the term “congenital liar” famous this…

223 The Evolution of a President: Not Yet Trans-Partisan

“We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the Stars and Stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”                – Senator Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. “The men and women who serve in our battlefields…

224 Dear Senior Citizens, Part Three

Oh goodness gracious, granny. By now, we thought we’d be singing “over the river and through the woods, to...” But you didn’t finish your job, did you?  Perhaps you believed that nice young man, President Obama, who told you ObamaCare would have no effect on your Medicare services, rather than those of us who bluntly…

225 Health Care Turncoats

What do you get when you mix political expediency, prevarication, “moderate” rhetoric and a desire to avoid the wrath of Nancy Pelosi?  A “Blue Dog” Democrat. During last Saturday’s midnight vote in the House of Representatives on ObamaCare, nowhere was the scent of political fear stronger than on the tails of self…

226 If Obama Is So Bright, Why Does He Keep Drawing the Auto Insurance Analogy?

Since Barack Obama charged into the spotlight with his 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, we have received constant instruction from our high cultural arbiters about Obama’s supposed intellectual prowess.    Never mind that when speaking without his teleprompter, Obama typically appears ineloquent and befuddled…

227 Let-Them-Eat-Cake Nancy

Marie Antoinette had nothing on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, except perhaps Marie’s ignominious end, no longer practiced in civilized countries. Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, once all the noise is removed, produced one inescapable conclusion.  It did not take those elections to produce that conclusion…

228 From “Honest Abe” to “Double-Talk Barack”

Lie:  1.  A false statement purposely put forward as truth:  falsehood.  2.  Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.  Core meaning:  an untrue declaration.  Double-Talk:  1.  Meaningless speech consisting of nonsense syllables mixed with unintelligible words:  gibberish. …

229 Lies My Congressman Told Me

The Inconvenient Truths Behind Health Care Reform The five most dangerous words that can be a spoken by a member of the United States Congress are “we have to do something!” It’s a credo only a politician could love.  Doing something, it should be noted, is not the same as doing it well.  But in the parallel moral universe…

230 The Baucus Betrayal

President Ronald Reagan famously quipped, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I'm from the government and I'm here to help.’”  So it goes with health care reform. This week, the Senate Finance Committee voted 14-9 to pass the so-called Baucus Bill, the latest iteration of ObamaCare in what is…

231 Jubilation over the “Health Care Reform” Bill that Isn’t a Bill and Isn’t Going To Be the Bill

Americans are rejoicing in the streets this week.  Oh, they aren’t?  In Washington, then.  No?  Well surely the Democrats on Capitol Hill and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are. The reason for this jubilation?  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have come down Calculator…

232 ObamaCare: Fiction, by Acclamation

When the book is written on the first decade of the 21st century, it will read that it was a time when grave challenges were met by unserious men.     For the past 10 years, Americans have increasingly come to feel that theirs is a government populated either by the incompetent or the dishonest. At the turn of the millennium, the…

233 It’s 10 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Governor Is?

Specifically, do you know your governor’s position on the various proposals for national “health care reform?” This is important, because if they are representing the interests of their states, all 50 should be opposed,  to the point of focused, vocal opposition – and more. Trying to count the losers, not to mention quantify…

234 Dear Senior Citizens, Part Two

With age comes wisdom.  Yes, there is that tired feeling of having been there, done that too many times, but oh the wisdom those times have brought.  How many times have your government representatives told you, “trust us, we know what is best for you?”  How many times have your government representatives told you something…

235 New Health Care Bill, Same Old Problems

This week, the Senate Finance Committee began its review of Senator Max Baucus’ “new” health care bill.  If the previous versions of “reform” upset you, don’t expect the Baucus bill to make you feel any better.  This “new” health care proposal -- ObamaCare 6.0 -- is another sad rehash of more…

236 Thoughts on “Health Care Reform”

Rube Goldberg, the popular cartoonist of the 1920s and 1930s, fascinated and amused a nation by drawing phantasmagorically complex machines, made from all manner of disparate parts, to perform the simplest of tasks.  In Goldberg’s cartoons, no matter how unlikely, his machines worked. We are not the first to note that our federal government…

237 This “New” ObamaCare Game Is for Suckers, Just Like the Old One

First, Obama and Company bought off the drug companies.  Then the hospitals. By the time they got to the pitifully inept AMA and the double-dealing AARP, those fast-talking sharpies were easy. They already owned the Congress, both houses with unassailable majorities stoned out of their empty gourds on the power of first spending the people&rsquo…

238 If the Public Option is Dead: Then What?

This week, opponents of a government-run health care system welcomed the news that President Obama might drop the controversial “Public Option” from his list of reform proposals. Despite weeks on the trail staging supportive town halls, the President is coming to the realization that there aren’t enough votes to pass his preferred…

239 Do Conservatives Offer a Healthcare Alternative? Meet Paul Ryan

Support for Barack Obama’s healthcare agenda has reached a new nadir, confirming the adage that familiarity breeds contempt toward his misguided proposal. According to Rasmussen Reports, a 53 percent majority of American voters now oppose the plan by Obama and Congressional Democrats to commandeer fully one-sixth of our economy, a nine-point…

240 Dear Senior Citizens:

You are being called upon to rescue your country. Yes, again. You have done it through depression, recession, war, plague and pestilence. You did it for your country and you did it for yourselves, and you must do it yet again. You must do it by opposing, with all your senior intellect, experience and vigor, the current government schemes to &ldquo…

 
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