And where do you think Obamacare got it?

by Skip September 7, 2017

The biggest reason for Obamacare’s rate hikes? Two of its most popular provisions, guaranteed issue and community rating. These are the technical terms for Obamacare’s ban on insurance companies denying coverage or charging people who are sick more. The McKinsey report found that in Georgia, these mandates added between 44 and 52 percent to premiums. […]

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Notable Quote – Doug Badger

by Skip August 16, 2017

Obamacare is insuring more poor people and uninsuring millions of middle-income people. That suits the Democratic party and many congressional Republicans just fine. They measure social progress in the number of people receiving government assistance. Those struggling to pay their own way evoke little sympathy. Lawmakers of both parties, whose consciences were lacerated by CBO’s […]

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Even in a faux “marketplace”, people can still vote with their dollars

by Skip August 10, 2017

Given that I just came home from the Americans For Prosperity NH’s (AFP) Tax Reform meeting at Pittman’s Freight Room in Laconia, this is appropriate.  I’ve said for years now that a free marketplace is one where people make decisions that benefit their own self-interest; if something does not add value to their lives, they […]

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The Collapse of the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace was The Point

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2017

Before the Democrat’s one-party assault on the insurance and health care system in the United States, while people complained about costs and coverage, no one was looking to prevent the collapse of the individual health insurance marketplace. No one even talked about it. Now they do. And Democrats are now pretending to care, after eight years of […]

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Allen West: How Differently Would Senators Act Without the 17th Amendment?

by Skip July 31, 2017

We have interviewed Lt. Col Allen West in the past and were MOST impressed by this straight backed, straight talking man. I generally don’t abstract a whole post but I certainly agree with West. Progressives hate our Republic form of governance as they knew/know what our Founders knew – a direct democracy has always failed […]

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Senator Shaheen Suddenly Wants to Fix her Obamacare Disaster

by Kimberly Morin July 30, 2017

On Friday, Senator Jeanne Shaheen posted a homemade video of herself talking to “constituents” in New Hampshire about the failure of the senate to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. After ignoring her constituents for the past eight years, Shaheen suddenly wants them to believe she’s working for them.

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If Republicans fail, will single payer be next?

by Peter Lemiska July 24, 2017

As the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, continues to disintegrate, and Republicans endlessly fumble their plan to repeal and replace it, support is growing in this country for a single payer system. That concept, originated by Democrats and the left, has now begun to spread, possibly helped by the new entitlements Obamacare provided. The Pew Research […]

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About those millions “LOSING” their Obamacare insurance coverage

by Skip July 24, 2017

I’ve been listening to a lot of nonsense about the impact of the different GOP “replacement” plans for Obamacare and the numbers just didn’t make any sense. After all, none of them drastically did much on the core structure of Obamacare.  They deleted most (but not all of the taxes).  They started to tinker with […]

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The Democrat Obamacare lock-step talking points are already out there: Uncertainty

by Skip July 19, 2017

You have to hand it to the Democrats – when somebody says “Speak”, they do.  Just like their followers that send in the exact same email or letter when urged.  I know this because I get the Democrat emails that say to send an email.  And Guess Who has fallen right into line? US Senator […]

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“What Does it Mean to Be a Republican?”

by Skip July 18, 2017

Alternate title: John Thune: Health care debacle makes Republicans look ‘dysfunctional’ Look?  Really, you had the stones to say “look“, Senator?  Are you freakin’ serious?  Is there ANY doubt left? You must be delusional to think that we are SO delusional to even think of accepting that lame spin. But given what Congress has done lately, […]

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Bipartisan Obstruction

by Ed Naile July 18, 2017

RINO US Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, is holding up repeal of ObamaCare so she can have “bipartisan” support. Along with this RINO is another usual suspect, Alaska Senator Murkowski. Camera Hog and failed presidential candidate Lindsey Graham is in the same boat. How about this: Let’s all have a daily countdown until one of […]

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Notable Quote – Peter Kirsanow

by Skip July 18, 2017

The Republican agenda is stuck in neutral in part because of the tendency by Beltway Republicans and some conservatives to play by the rules established by the media and progressives, the flouting of which were a contributing factor in Donald Trump’s electoral victories. The health-care fiasco, though not foreordained, was eminently predictable once Republicans essentially […]

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GOP – deliberately made promises it had no intention of keeping

by Skip July 17, 2017

“I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of my colleagues didn’t. So we didn’t expect to be in this situation.” That was US Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) a couple of weeks ago at a town hall committing a gaffe – inadvertently admitting to a truth that none in the GOP elite (and […]

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Senator Rand Paul – the GOP isn’t going to keep its promise on Obamacare repeal

by Skip July 13, 2017

I don’t agree with him all the time but on this, I do.  The GOP made a singular promise, over and over, for seven years.  Now, like the dog that finally caught the car, they don’t seem to know how to govern.  Which is to say, keep that promise, to completely repeal and replace Obamacare, […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Don Boudreaux

by Skip July 13, 2017

In short, the “man of system” forgets that ordinary people are active, reasoning, creative individuals. They generally do not need government prodding to take actions that improve their lives. When they are so prodded, it is almost always to press them to take actions they would prefer to avoid. Conflict thus arises between ordinary people […]

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Data Point – Wait, WHAT? This isn’t supposed to happen with Obamacare!!!

by Skip July 10, 2017

And the news is from CNN (oh wait, should it be believed??)!  Yikes – they’re even saying the stuff we are: Several factors could be driving the uptick, Gallup said. Premiums rose substantially in 2017 for those who don’t qualify for federal subsidies, and many consumers had fewer choices on the exchanges because insurers bailed […]

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ObamaCare Drives Minuteman Health Out of NH

by Steve MacDonald June 23, 2017

Minuteman Health hasn’t even been available for two years in New Hampshire, and they are already bailing. Why? The ACA makes it too expensive to stay in business. The company, which insures about 27,000 individual members and three dozen small group members in New Hampshire, began offering coverage in the state in 2015 on the […]

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Notable Quote – John Cochrane

by Skip May 17, 2017

Now, the critique of an increasingly rent-seeking society echoes from both the Left and the libertarians.  Rent-seeking is a big problem.  Cronyism is a big problem.  George Stigler finds a lot to agree with in Joe Stiglitz.  As do Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, and so forth. But now comes the most astounding lack of logic […]

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Blogline of the Day: It shouldn’t take the Wall Street Journal to enlighten the DC GOP about this

by Skip May 12, 2017

WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD: The fastest way to lose Congress is by not repealing ObamaCare. The GOP has been promising this for 7 years.  The base put them in place for ONE and only ONE reason.  Complete repeal. Govt out of my decision making with my doctor.  No more mandates.  No more taxes. Heck, no more […]

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“If I vote for this healthcare bill, it will be the end of my career.”

by Skip April 30, 2017

Yesterday at the Rally for Jerry, I said the above to a prominent GOP activist here in NH when she said “not to worry” in that the DC GOPers will get the job done and repeal Obamacare.  I thought she’d about fall off her chair – she knows I don’t kid about such things.  I […]

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GOP Survey Does Not Ask About Repeal of ObamaCare

by Steve MacDonald April 23, 2017

The Republican National Committee’s most recent fundraising spam to hit my mailbox (snail mail not email) includes a survey, as they often do. In question two, it asks me to rank my priorities from a list of choices.  Build a border wall, reverse Obama EO’s, Enforce Immigration Law, Rebuild the military, Cut regulations and taxes, domestic energy […]

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By their own healthcare petard…heh!

by Skip April 19, 2017

Yeah, it seems all of the Left that advocate strenuously  for Progressive / Socialist policies always seem to get highly annoyed and irritable when, unexPECTEDly, those same policies start to affect them personally.  Heavens, they start acting, well, Conservatively!  The unions poured hundreds of millions into support Obamacare’s enactment – only to ask for waivers […]

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Resuscitating the healthcare debate

by Peter Lemiska April 13, 2017

A hundred years ago, our healthcare system was pretty simple.  There were no government regulations, and the few doctors there were, offered their services in exchange for whatever payment they could negotiate with their patients.  Like most of our economy, it was a free market system.  The term, “universal healthcare,” was non-existent. Since then, with […]

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Blogline of the Day (Part 2) – Republican “dedication”?

by Skip April 3, 2017

FORMER CONGRESSMAN TOM PERRIELLO: I lost my seat in Congress because I voted for Obamacare. I don’t regret that decision at all. House Republicans have yet to show similar commitment to their oft-stated principles. He was willing to sacrifice his political career for Socialism (for that is what Obamacare is – just like the VA). […]

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BlogQuestion of the Night: Which will get done first?

by Skip April 1, 2017

SHOT: BREXIT: UK publishes ‘Great Repeal Bill’ plan to replace EU laws. Unveiling plans to convert EU law into domestic law, the government disclosed that 12,000 EU regulations are in force in Britain. About 7,900 “statutory instruments” — government orders — have implemented EU directives. Some 186 acts of Parliament passed between 1980 and 2009 […]

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Really, this is all that it would take – quick, simple, and to the point

by Skip March 28, 2017

“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill states. None of that pussy footing around, no politicalese, fulfill’s a campaign promise in fullness […]

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An interesting thought – Striking down Trump’s immigration EO kill off Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate?

by Skip March 26, 2017

Has the Left sprung its own trap on its own feet that it didn’t know it laid all by themselves?  Remember all of the angst when Obama’s HHS decided that an “essential healthcare plan” had to include free contraceptives which also includes abortifacients?  Several organizations sued that it violated their First Amendment rights including Hobby […]

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Notable Quote – US Rep. Joe Barton

by Skip March 25, 2017

Reporters asked why, after Republicans held dozens of nearly-unanimous votes to repeal ObamaCare under President Obama, they were getting cold feet now that they control the levers of power. “Sometimes you’re playing Fantasy Football and sometimes you’re in the real game,” he admitted. “We knew the President [Obama – Skip], if we could get a […]

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RyanCare: Pi$$ Poor Planning Produces Pi$$ Poor Performance – the Debacle, Part 3

by Skip March 24, 2017

This post title DOES says it all for me (sarcasm at all the other faux outrage): How DARE House Freedom Caucus hold GOP accountable to its promises!? End Result?  Republicans wasted seven years in uttering hot air instead of doing the actual work – this bill failed their rhetoric. This bill also failed the Trust […]

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Quick Thought – Boy, have the Republicans screwed up “Repeal and Replace” – Part 2, The Debacle

by Skip March 23, 2017

No vote today and not vote tonite on RyanCare, thus a few of the headlines du jour.  All because of having a bad assumption (or assumptions) as to what was minimally possible to pass and NOT DOING YOUR HOMEWORK!!!: Chaos Inside GOP House Conference Forces Speaker Ryan to Cancel Thursday’s RyanCare Vote …The HFC members […]

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