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Statistic of the Day: Going Carbon-Free Would Cost Every American $11,300 PER YEAR

From realistic climatologist Bjorn Lomborg, writing in The Wall Street Journal this week, a jarring analysis of the cost of imposing the Biden/Pelosi/Schumer/AOC carbon-free "Green New Deal" agenda for every American annually:

 

A new study in Nature finds that a 95% reduction in American carbon emissions by 2050 will annually cost 11.9% of U.S. gross domestic product. To put that in perspective: Total expenditure on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid came to 11.6% of GDP in 2019. The annual cost of trying to hit Mr. Biden’s target will rise to $4.4 trillion by 2050. That’s more than everything the federal government is projected to take in this year in tax revenue. It breaks down to $11,300 per person per year, or almost 500 times more than what a majority of Americans…[more]

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241 Walker, Pence Show Routes to Conservative Entitlement Reform

With the implementation of ObamaCare in full swing, several Republican governors have reversed themselves, claiming that political reality is forcing them to play by the health law’s budget-busting rules.  But two of their colleagues – Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Indiana’s Mike Pence – are blazing an alternative…

242 Oklahoma Challenges IRS Interpretation of ObamaCare Subsidy

There seems to be no end to the interpretive jujitsu government officials are willing to employ to save ObamaCare from its poorly written self.  The newest example comes from the Internal Revenue Service.  Under the terms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. ObamaCare), the IRS is charged with accounting for an important…

243 Congress Should Act Against Mandatory Medicare

In a hugely disappointing end to a long-running legal battle, the Supreme Court refused to consider whether a federal agency can enforce a burdensome new policy, invented out of thin air, without even going through a formal regulatory process. But the overall policy fight should not be over. Instead, it should be shifted, with great fanfare, to the…

244 ObamaCare and the Doctor Shortage

What if 20 million Americans get mandated health insurance, but there aren’t enough primary care doctors to serve them?  Thanks to ObamaCare’s mandated expansion of insurance coverage, that’s exactly what will happen as the law exacerbates a nationwide doctor shortage.  Just after the November elections, the Robert Graham…

245 AARP’s $2.8 Billion Medigap Windfall from ObamaCare Hurts Seniors

Faced with a choice between saving seniors money or reaping a $2.8 billion windfall, AARP traded the best interests of its 40 million members for a massive payout under ObamaCare.    The moment of truth came over how to reform Medicare.  For years, AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired People, argued that…

246 IRS Rewrites ObamaCare to Increase Taxes

First the Supreme Court rewrote President Barack Obama’s signature health reform law to save it from the Constitution.  Now the Internal Revenue Service claims its new rule can interpret the law in a way that violates its text and history.  The latest outrage against common sense is an IRS rule finalized on May 23.  The rule makes…

247 Conservative Governors Are Right to Resist Medicaid Expansion

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding ObamaCare, at least this much is clear: conservative governors are refusing to help socialize healthcare by expanding a Medicaid program that will bankrupt their states.  Here’s how some are framing it.  New Jersey’s Chris Christie calls it “extortion.&rdquo…

248 Poll: Public Approval of Supreme Court Plummets

One week after the Supreme Court’s perplexing ObamaCare – pardon, ObamaTax – decision, debate continues regarding its most likely long-term legacy.  Was Chief Justice John Roberts playing a game of stealth conservative chess, while the rest of us remain only capable of checkers?  Or did he instead play the role of Supreme…

249 Slush Fund Sleight-of-Hand: ObamaCare’s Medicare (Dis-) Advantage

Recall this promise from President Barack Obama back in 2009: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”  The statement was designed to convince people that passage of ObamaCare…

250 Health Care Should Be an Ordinary Market

As good a job as ObamaCare’s opponents did in pleading their case before the Supreme Court this week, they failed (except very obliquely) to use one of the best available arguments, of a practical rather than purely legal nature, to refute the administration’s central thesis. They could have made a stronger case that there is nothing special…

251 Paul Ryan’s Defining Contribution to Medicare Reform

One of the biggest wins for conservatives in Paul Ryan's newest Path to Prosperity budget proposal is the eventual conversion of Medicare into a defined contribution plan, thus saving taxpayers trillions of dollars in unfunded promises. For decades, many employees enjoyed defined benefit plans from employers willing to guarantee a specific type of…

252 New Polls Suggest Assault on Religious Freedom a Political Loser

New opinion polls and government deficit projections create unexpected new difficulties for ObamaCare and its assault against religious liberty, as well as Obama’s reelection effort generally.  In fact, the issue has turned so quickly against Obama that he pivoted from contriving it as a political bludgeon to despairing that others might…

253 ObamaCare Exchanges Consumer Choice and State Sovereignty for Nationalized Healthcare

In its latest unveiling of ObamaCare mandates, the Department of Health and Human Services promises that the creation of government-run health insurance exchanges will give states more flexibility and consumers more choices.  But an examination of the rhetoric versus the reality reveals that these claims are just a smokescreen while HHS effectively…

254 The Critical ObamaCare Law the Supreme Court Won’t Decide This Term

From March 26 to 28 the United States Supreme Court will hear an historic 5 ½ hours of oral argument about the constitutionality of various provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e., ObamaCare).  But while the questions presented to the Justices could, if answered correctly, result in eliminating much of the law…

255 What’s Really at Stake With ObamaCare Legal Battle

The battle over ObamaCare is really a fight about freedom. Regarding the centrality of freedom to the very identity of the United States, the philosophical chasm between the American political left and right is vast. On health care, as on so many other issues, the left doesn’t even recognize freedom as a valid concern. Conservatives, on the other…

256 Protect Freedom of Choice and Conscience: Repeal ObamaCare!

The Obama administration’s mandated contraception compromise raises serious constitutional and moral questions.  It also makes one wonder why employees don’t have the freedom to choose their own health plan.  The answer comes from the late economist Milton Friedman.  In a 2001 report for the Hoover Institution entitled How…

257 Obama vs. Ryan Budgets: A Contrast of Visions

To read President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal regarding Medicare and Medicaid in light of Rep. Paul Ryan’s more flexible alternative is to see a startling contrast of visions.  On Page Four of President Obama’s Budget Message to Congress, there is a thinly veiled swipe at Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare and Medicaid…

258 Direct-Pay Medicine: A Free Market Approach to Healthcare Reform

While ObamaCare creates armies of bureaucrats in the public and private sectors, a small but growing number of doctors and patients are using a simple solution to improve medical treatment while cutting out middle men.  When it was signed into law in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was estimated by Newt Gingrich…

259 Paul Ryan’s New Medicare Reform Is Pro-Market

Like night following day, another Paul Ryan reform proposal is igniting another round of teeth-gnashing over the past, present and future of America.   Last Thursday, Representative Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced a plan to reform Medicare in a way that (1) gives seniors more options, and (2) reduces costs to taxpayers…

260 Paul Ryan Would Replace ObamaCare with Patient-Centered Reform

Rep. Paul Ryan’s recent speech at the Hoover Institution laid out a comprehensive alternative to ObamaCare that takes a patient-centered approach to controlling skyrocketing health care costs.   So far, it is the most detailed plan available for a conservative movement looking to counter the biggest government power grab since the 1960s…

261 “Let Him Die” Or Government Healthcare? That’s a False Dichotomy

Americans are often subjected to a false dichotomy in our ongoing healthcare debate:  Even more government healthcare versus letting people just die in the streets.  That false binary choice isn’t just intellectually sloppy.  It also emotionally tilts the issue in a manner favorable toward advocates of ObamaCare or wholesale government…

262 Romney, Gingrich Flunk Poli-Philosophy

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney both have serious problems that have nothing to do with their presidential campaigns: At least on health care, both of them are statists, and philosophically incoherent ones at that. The former House Speaker and former Massachusetts governor both defend the idea of an “individual mandate” to buy health insurance…

263 ObamaCare Debate Waives Goodbye to Rule of Law

Implementing the various command-and-control features of ObamaCare is proving to be as damaging to the rule of law as was its passage.  In a fine piece of journalism, the Daily Caller shows that 38 of the 204 new ObamaCare waivers issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in April 2011 went to swanky San Francisco nightclubs…

264 ObamaCare: We Have the Final Say, Not Justice Kennedy

This was a wonderful week for individual freedom in America.  For the second time in two months, a federal judge has ruled ObamaCare unconstitutional.  Specifically, Judge Roger Vinson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled that ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which would force…

265 Rep. Paul Ryan: Health Care Repeal Is Not an End, It's a Beginning

Last week, House Republicans kept a promise made in the recent election by voting to repeal the costly new health care law. Now it is time to keep another one – and put in place fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that seriously address the problems in our nation’s health care system. Since the health care bill became law…

266 Grading the Potential 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates on Health Care

Now that a Republican House of Representatives has passed repeal of ObamaCare, a momentous fight for the future of American liberty has been joined. Even amongst the most ardent supporters of repeal, however, the reality that it might require a sympathetic president to pull the final plugs on the program is becoming conventional wisdom. …

267 Texas Enters Fight to Repeal ObamaCare

In the opening days of the 2011 legislative session, Texas State Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) is serving notice that ObamaCare and its mandates most definitely mess with Texas.  From time to time, Texas’ commitment to limited government turns freedom into a straightjacket.  Because the state tries to cap the amount of damage…

268 The “Commerce Clause” – An Invaluable Constitutional Restraint against ObamaCare and Other Tyrannies from the Founding Fathers

The Congress shall have Power … To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes… ~The Constitution of the United States of America, Article I, Section 8  How symbolically fitting is this?   During the very week in which we celebrate the original Tea Party hosted by…

269 The ObamaCare Fit Hits the Shan: Health Insurance Costs and Spending Already Rising

In selling ObamaCare to a renitent nation just six months ago, proponents swore that it would restrain health spending and insurance costs.  To lubricate public acceptance, they even frontloaded the bill’s benefits so that the gain would arrive before the pain, making Republican efforts to repeal less popular.  For example, the bill…

270 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 – …

 
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