UniParty – Oh, About That “New” Healthcare Plan Push…

There are many people rightly concerned about legislative issues seemingly stuck in the mud.   However, what many of those same people seem to forget is the basic reality of President Trump’s America-First agenda being opposed by professional republicans even more than it is opposed by professional Democrats.  DC is a UniParty.

Republican and Democrat political leadership, the UniParty writ large, have been paid to protect the legislative priorities of the multi-billion lobbying group known as K-Street.

The fallacy of false choice lies behind the concept of controlled opposition.

Prior to Donald Trump there was only one political party in DC, the Uniparty. President Trump represents the alternative; the second party.

For almost five years we have been pointing out the construct.  The UniParty have three unwavering primary objectives as purchased by the lobbying groups: 1) Retention of Obamacare; 2) Budgetary spending to retain growth of government; and 3) comprehensive immigration reform to include amnesty.

These three primary legislative issues are not up for debate, modification or discussion.  The legislative outcomes have been purchased, multi-million-dollar investments made, and the interests behind the legislative constructs will not allow any elimination or concession.

Beyond that reality, the rest is simply political optics and gamesmanship.  If you refuse to accept this baseline, you will continue to find yourself frustrated as you try to reconcile what is not happening.

Congress, as salesmen for the interests funding their activity, does that which is important to it; and congress does not do that which is antithetical to its pre-purchased interests.

President Trump, through his proposed policy objectives, is antithetical to those interests.

FULL STOP.

Essentially, President Trump has requested the following:

  • A budget with actual baseline reductions in spending.  Where Trump’s cabinet, individually and collectively, will actually reduce scale, scope and reach of federal government.
  • Healthcare reform to include the elimination of ObamaCare and a return to free market principles to drive down the cost of insurance products.
  • Funding funding to enhance enforcement of existing immigration law and a border wall to ensure the long-term reductions in the ease of illegal, unauthorized migration.

All three of those requests are opposed by Republicans and Democrats in congress.  You can beat your head against the wall in frustration, but the reality doesn’t change.  The big money interests who write legislation have paid all members of congress to block these basic principles of President Trump policy.

EXAMPLE – You might remember seeing Senator Rand Paul on TV for 10-consecutive-days (March), proclaiming that RyanCare must be defeated.  Toward that end Senator Paul put on a tuxedo went to the House of Representatives, lobbied them personally, and handed out instructions and books telling Hillary’s Favorite Caucus (HFC) if they simply blocked President Trump and Secretary Price he (Paul) would, within two weeks, provide a clean repeal bill from the Senate.  Senator Rand Paul said he and Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Mike Lee already had the legislation written for the clean repeal.  Senator Paul stated if the House members simply followed his plan he would guarantee the “repeal only” bill would advance within two weeks.

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Remember that?

Well?…

This is the same UniParty that approved Trade Promotion Authority, a Republican Bill, that allowed President Obama to construct TPP and congress reversed the threshold for approval – making it necessary for two-thirds of the Senate to oppose passage to stop it, instead of two-thirds necessary to approve passage.  Why would a republican controlled congress make it easier for Obama-Trade to pass and make it harder to stop?

This is the same UniParty that has refused to accept the ‘Notification of Intent’ letter from Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross permitting him to renegotiate NAFTA.  Why would a republican controlled congress block President Trump from re-negotiating NAFTA?

Go back and look at the lobbying money spent by the U.S. CoC.

You see, this is where CTH refuses to be co-dependents in our own abuse.  We fully understand, and more importantly ‘accept’, the DC UniParty congress has no intention of: Providing a budget to lower spending; repealing and replacing ObamaCare; allowing enforcement of immigration law to include deportation and a southern border wall.

It can be difficult to accept these realities.  It can be difficult to confront your abuser.  However, until the larger electorate understand the structural concept of the UniParty, there will be hours-upon-hours of talking in circles, and tens of thousands of column inches typed in an effort to reconcile the irreconcilable and avoid accepting the diagnosis:

….Battered Conservative Syndrome !

Codependent no more!

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215 Responses to UniParty – Oh, About That “New” Healthcare Plan Push…

  1. Pam says:

    Just to illustrate what Sundance said above:

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    • PaulyWalnuts says:

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      • PaulyWalnuts says:

        https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/essential-health-benefits/

        Essential Health Benefits
        A set of 10 categories of services health insurance plans must cover under the Affordable Care Act. These include doctors’ services, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drug coverage, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health services, and more. Some plans cover more services.

        Plans must offer dental coverage for children. Dental benefits for adults are optional.

        Specific services may vary based on your state’s requirements. You’ll see exactly what each plan offers when you compare plans.

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        • chojun says:

          Adding dental coverage as an essential health benefit will cause the cost of dental procedures to go up over time.

          This is nothing more than an attempt by large insurers to corner the dental market.

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          • StrandedinCA says:

            And isn’t it ironic that Medicare is not required to cover dental procedures. I guess dental health is not and “essential benefit” if you’re over 65.

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            • Red says:

              Yeah, and glasses and hearing aides aren’t covered either. I guess eyesight and hearing are not important for older adults.

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              • Sloth1963 says:

                Oddly enough(or not), those services remain fairly affordable. Coincidence?

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                • MY Doctor told me that he could charge 1/4-1/3 of current charges if he operated on cash and didn’t have to code and worry with dis-allowed charges. Already a x-ray and soft cast for a foot was less than $300. So $75 – $100 total if he didn’t have to hire coders and billing specialists.

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                  • SteveInCO says:

                    Yes. Precisely the point I’ve made time and time again. Insurance (and Medicare) imposes extra bureaucratic costs on doctors. Huge ones. They often have a squad of paper pushers working on that stuff.

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                  • There’s nothing legally stopping your doctor from having a separate set of prices for cash vs. insurance, nor for not taking insurance at all if they choose. We have a “cash only” clinic in my little town of 9,000, an urgent care that takes some forms of insurance, cash and Medicare (not Medicaid), and a hospital that must accept all types of payment. Most clinics pick and choose between insurance companies. Usually only hospitals take every form of insurance. They have to. In return they get to charge higher rates for care.

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                • WSB says:

                  LASIK surgery? Yes. The least expensive type.

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        • thesavvyinvester says:

          PW…
          This is on reason why our healthcare is FUBAR’d! Instead of “the Qualified Plan” ( which caused us ALL to have our policies cancelled, BTW which might be a 10th Amendment Issue, since policies and insurance were before Obamacare, regulated by the State Insurance Commissioners ), why can’t we have a menu option an order A-La-Cart? If I want Eye, Dental, and Pregnancy Coverage because I am young I can say yes or no to any of those options, much like custom order a car with the options I want. Shame you you Paul Ryan for bending over for the insurance lobby who doesn’t want to deal with customization and my guess is because the margins are too sweet for them.

          Don’t even get me started on the 18 to 26 deal and how that is costing large Corps a fortune. The only one to call that on as he sees it is Mike Huckabee…

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          • no-nonsense-nancy says:

            I attended a talk by 4 doctors in my area and 2 of them do not accept medicare. Each patient has a “box” that they pay money into for the year and the costs of the visits come out of there, including blood work and tests. It works well for all of them. No employee doing billing and worrying about codes.

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            • WSB says:

              No insurance. period.

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            • I must call “nonsense”, Nancy. Even if a practice uses pre-tax health savings accounts (the “box”), there’s still someone, or a service doing the billing (accounting). You just don’t see them in the office. And if you don’t have someone re-checking the codes, you are guaranteed to get sued every time a patient dies or faces an unexpectedly negative result. Doctors who don’t accept insurance still must use the diagnosis and treatment codes on all charts. It’s a legal requirement.

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              My chiropractor charges $100. My copay is $20. Medicare Advantage Plan pays $1.70. I am so grateful that he will even see me.

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      • annieoakley says:

        Well, reinstate Essential Health Benefits for muslim refugees, illegal persons and and all of their spawn here and still in Mexico? All the HB-1 who overstayed? Lovely.

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    • E C says:

      That reads like a bad SNL skit. Fingers crossed that the president has a work around for this BS.

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      • BobBoxBody says:

        I think he does. He didn’t just plan in advance to run in the election, he planned in advance for WINNING and beyond. I think he’s got a plan.

        Liked by 8 people

        • James O'Malley says:

          Nothing he does appears to be short-term, it appears that he plans things far in advance. Let’s hope he takes these bastards down, and Obamacare with them.

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  2. Running Fast says:

    I didn’t remember the broken promise from R Paul thank you for the reminder. Everyone else catch that one? Time to start holding these swamp creatures’ feet to the fire!

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    • Peter says:

      I don’t mean to be negative – but even McCain won last cycle – John McCain. How did that happen.

      It just seems there is no stopping them.

      If we get judges and wall, I’m happy. Everything else is the cherry on top.

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      • Sentient says:

        Ryan’s trying to stop the wall.

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      • BobBoxBody says:

        Razorfist explained it’s because of the local news media in Arizona that won’t cover alternate candidates. It’s still a pretty big factor over there.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMKLS4I4yJU He explains it pretty well. He’s a native of Arizona and HATES McCain with a passion. I’d spread this video and his video on building the wall around to open people’s eyes on the real cost of unchecked immigration into this country.

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        • camulla says:

          If the press won’t cover the candidates, then those candidates should go door to door. If door to door isn’t an option, the candidates should hold town hall meetings at public places so the message gets to the public. The first Americans didn’t just vote but instead knew about current events and discussed them so those events were common knowledge.

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          • Going door to door varies from year to year as to its effectiveness. If candidates haven’t done it for a while, it works miracles. People are amazed that a candidate is coming to their door to ask for their vote! Also, many are wiling to work in the campaign, IF ASKED, others will allow you to put a campaign sign in their yard.
            A few years ago, a candidate for county commissioner did that in our rural county, where it took hours just to drive up and down the country roads. He won in a huge surprise upset. The other candidates didn’t know he was doing that.

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        • Billc says:

          McCain owns the machine here in AZ.

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      • annieoakley says:

        McCain won because of Soros.

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      • It’s a problem with human psychology. Despite low approval ratings for Congress as a whole, voters generally believe the “bad guys” are all in someone else’s district or state. That’s how John McCain won, and why he probably will as long as he wishes to run.
        The re-election rates for incumbent members of Congress is over 90%.

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        • kp3ace says:

          How to hack an election in 7 minutes! Politico, August 2016.
          Formerly known as Diebold voting machines. Privately owned software.
          IMO, this is why politicians get re-elected.

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    • E C says:

      I laughed out loud when I read that. I missed it. How the hell did I miss that?

      Liked by 4 people

    • FofBW says:

      That is exactly what they count on. Our lack of short term memory with all the confusion.

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  3. Weeper says:

    Hey Congress – The American people have a new name for this….YouDon’t Care!!! If the shoe fits…..😉

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  4. oifoefvet1969 says:

    So very frustrating…the obvious overwhelming truths, more so.

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  5. NYGuy54 says:

    Here are the changes the HFC wants. They say if these provisions are included they will pull in the majority of the HFC.
    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/20/conservative-republicans-reportedly-pleased-with-changes-to-health-care-proposal.html

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    • yohio says:

      Sundance at this point is calling bullsh*t on the Freedom Caucus.
      I agree with him, until they do something assume Never doing

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    • Ron says:

      They keep moving the goalposts. As soon as someone you’re negotiating with moves the goalposts, you cut your offer down to 80% of what it was previously, and tell them to come back when they’re serious.

      As Sundance said, they don’t want to pass this, they’re PAID not to pass this. If this gets passed (reform or repeal) they’ll be in deep trouble. It’s the exact OPPOSITE of what they claim they want to do, because they’re all a bunch of liars.

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    • I may be missing something but this seems like a subtler plan than the comments here are appreciating.
      The States are being given the right to get waivers on most of the provisions for very generously stated reasons: if having a waiver will allow more people to get policies, bring down the cost of policies or any other public good. That means Congress is getting cover to repeal Obamacare by transferring control to the states. Most state governors are Republican and are interested in free market healthcare. To my reading this sounds like Obamacare is being continued when in actuality the mechanism to eliminate it by the States is being created. This puts control back at the State level where it belongs.

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    • Marc says:

      Can all these changes e made under current reconciliation rules which only require a simple majority in the Senate? If not, their proposed amendments are grandstanding and Uniparty obfuscation.

      Anyone telling the people to pass a “clean repeal bill” is either still ill informed or intentionally misleading you. That takes 60 votes, which won’t happen. Falling on their proverbial swords and going down with dignity isn’t an option for the American people. Real people’s lives are hurt by this terrible law and pretending to do something won’t be rewarded in the future.

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  6. yohio says:

    U N I P A R T Y – Those that are paid Beneficiaries to represent the Chamber of Commerce their Benefactors! Notice nothing in that statement about representing the People, You and I.
    The only person in years who has said they would represent the people without benefit or pay is OUR PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP.
    Never forget it, Never desert him, and do everything to help him, it benefits you and me!

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  7. Sentient says:

    I’ve always thought that the only way President Trump would be able to work his will over the objections of the GOPe would be to shut down the government for an extended period. Hope he’s willing to do that. No funding for the Wall? OK, no funding for anything else.

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  8. fangdog says:

    Trump and his people know all this and more. IMO, it is one reason Trump has yet to come down on the Swamp Dwellers. Rather the Swamp dwellers know where they stand as to corruption and crooked criminality. This way it remains an overhanging hammer rather than the hammer itself. I like the idea “it could be me” as opposed to “it is me or not me”.

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    • singingsoul says:

      Ryan is owned by everyone except the American people and that is why ignorers us.

      Liked by 5 people

      • TPW says:

        I just can’t figure why the people in his district don’t see how he is against everything they should be for …unless they knowingly are electing a fake republican…

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        • Marc says:

          Many are unaffected by his politics or are totally uninformed. If you’re upper middle income or better, over 65, and live in an area where you can go weeks without seeing an Hispanic, illegal immigrant, why do you care about what Paul Ryan wants to do to the country?

          The blunt truth is, it was the working class that lived in more ethnically diverse areas of the country that voted for Donal Trump. Trump lost New Hampshire because he wasn’t a Neocon and the Wall, illegal immigration, and bringing back manufacturing jobs didn’t interest most of those voters. Trump knew this, and also ran on the heroin epidemic issue going on there and all over the US.

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    • fuzzi says:

      Like the “sword of damocles”, hanging over their heads. They don’t know what Trump’s going to do, which makes the Swamp Creatures of Congress sweat a little…

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    • 2x4x8 says:

      with Bill O’reilly taken down by Leftest for a sex scandal, now would be a good time for Trump to get the Huma File (Pedo-gate) from the FBI and do some WikiLeaks

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  9. Orygun says:

    It was pretty obvious to us Deplorables that when we kept getting more and more control of our government it seemed even easier for Obama to continue his agenda. One Democratic judge can stop President Trump cold but complete control of congress only seems to speed up our demise.
    Hmmm, go figure!

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    • Sam says:

      We don’t actually have control of Congress. People thought they were voting for Republicans when in fact they were electing Uniparty candidates who claimed to be republican. Not enough voters understand the Uniparty exists and many RINOs or most RINOs are part of it.

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      • filia.aurea says:

        Not all of us. I knew I was voting for scum, but did it anyway in the hopes it would help our incoming President.

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        • Janie M. says:

          Both of the senators from my state are dems and did NOT get my vote – Duckworth and Durbin. Didn’t vote for the Rep. from my district even though he was a Republican because… it is Adam Kinzinger, the Never Trump SOB who provided weaponry for ISIS, assisted by Egg McMuffin and Songbird McCain.

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  10. FL_Guy says:

    I would like to see someone make a list of every bad thing that is in O-care. All the bad things are hidden in a multi-thousand page stack of papers that nobody has read. It’s time for light to be focused on WHAT is actually in O care. I don’t believe the clowns in Congress know themselves. We the People only see how we are getting screwed by paying a large sum of our income for O care and then, due to the outrageous deductibles, having to pay for our healthcare as well; paying twice and getting nothing in return. I believe that if all the bad things in O care were revealed in a readable form, it would be harder for the bar-code Congress to block getting rid of it. Just my opinion.

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    • fuzzi says:

      Just repeal the stupid ACA, don’t even waste the time trying to “figure out what’s in it”.

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      • I believe Orygun is taking into account the large percentage of the public which supports the ACA b/c they don’t know the bad stuff about it. There could be a PR campaign of :30 sec spot ads showing out ONE BAD THING each week – drip, drip, drip.

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      • Marc says:

        Please find 60 decent human beings in the Senate to do so. Until then, what you’re asking for is impossible. Thank the Uniparty.

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    • amwick says:

      ACA was nothing short of income redistribution. All part of their plan… I guess can see clearly who THEY are now…

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      • TPW says:

        Redistribution exactly…….redistribution from employer coverage to the govt and individual…80% of people before the ACA were covered by Employer group plans and did not discriminate against pre existing conditions…..but year over year cost increases I think it was the COC plan all along to do away with employee coverage with only a $2000per empoyee penalty for employer not giving coverage it is beyond me why they don’t dump everyone now unless they plan an gradual change without bad PR

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        • TPW and amwick – you obviously don’t live where I do. You seem to think saying “income redistribution” is the killing argument against Ocare. It is not. Half the people I talk to have NO IDEA what I am talking about when I say that, the other half think its a great idea!

          Can you see why I am looking for a new place to live?

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  11. I hate that picture of Ryan. Sundance keeps rubbing my nose in it. I’ve got to where I hate Ryan almost as much as Lou Dobbs does. Oh, and it is good to keep reminding me who the Uni-party is. It’s not Dem = bad guys and Repubs = good guys. Dems and Repub, one and the same,

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    • E C says:

      I think people are so used to it being Ds vs Rs that they default back to it even knowing there is no difference between the two.

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    • Weeper says:

      Hi BlindSquirrel –
      The GOPe/DEMe are the UniParty. Then there are the extremists on both the right and the left. And then there’s US, common sense Trump supporters who come from the left, right, and middle (Independents).

      Don’t care for Mr. Ryan either, I call him Eddie. That pic of him and McConnell could be labeled “the Munsters 50 years later” 😉

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  12. Pam says:

    Sundance stated it very clearly on twitter right after the vote in the house that wasn’t that Rand Paul didn’t have plan and called him out on it. All of that talk on CNN and other networks was just talk and nothing more.. People need to accept right now that Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz are part of the UNIparty as well as McConnell and Ryan.

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  13. ALEX says:

    I will give it a few more months, but no healthcare or tax reform and that is the end of Republican Party. President Trump controls the RNC and is apparently reshaping it to have candidates more favorable to America First..

    Sundance has been making the uniparty case for years and we will see how it shakes out…President Trump might be on verge of a true independent party as well..

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/12/trump-loyalists-take-over-state-republican-parties/?utm_campaign=atdailycaller&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social

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    • camulla says:

      Independent parties can’t win because of the lack of name recognition and because of barriers to run in elections. We would not have the current administration had the campaign been through third parties, so the best option is for people to work within the Republicans at the local and state levels so good candidates win.

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      • kp3ace says:

        I live in a state that was one of the first to legalize Cannabis. Many states have followed suit.
        Other states started their own National Vote laws instead of the electoral college.
        If one state starts a law to limit terms, just like the other states in my previous examples, rather than trying to find a decent candidate would at least be a good start.

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  14. magatrump says:

    This is so frustrating to me. I cannot stand these Gop traitors who will not work in good faith for us but instead would rather bow to the Koch brothers.
    What can we do? Call Ryan”s office? Most of the time they won’t even take your call if you do not live in their district.

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  15. FofBW says:

    IMO, President Trump has a plan for all of this treachery. Like everything else he does, we won’t know it till it happens.

    Think MOAB!

    We are part of President Trumps plan. How do we help? Just follow President Trumps lead. Simple.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      I saw the doc today; he diagnosed my ache and pains as CBS…….the doc had no anti-dote….your post was the elixir I needed to ease my agina…. Thanks.

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  16. neilmdunn says:

    An article by Zman (which fits under Sundance’s overlying umbrella) on why the demise of Fox News is happening.
    http://thezman.com/wordpress/

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  17. freeperjim says:

    This is RyanCare v2…just with different lipstick.

    Lyin’ Ryan is a TRAITOR to the American people.

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  18. Steve in Lewes says:

    OK, so what! What now?
    Anybody that has been reading here for the last 2+ years knows all this. There is nothing really new in this article. So for the next two years, nothing will get done, except what PDJT can do with EO’s which is minimal. We’ve done everything these bastards said they needed in order to change government and they fricking lied again. That ain’t new either. Anybody here thinks that the knuckleheads in Arizona, Wisconsin are gonna vote out Flake or Ryan are kidding themselves. The only way to stop these leeches in Washington is to stop sending them our hard earned money or get out the pitchforks, tar, feathers, and rope and march on Washington. Otherwise, two years from now we will read the same thing, they will promise the world, and we will be snookered again; except PDJT will get blamed for not delivering on his promises, the “resistance” will most likely deliver the House and/or the Senate to the socialists/commies and all the fricking hard work over the last few years goes down the crapper!

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    • FofBW says:

      Well, IMO, that is the attitude they are hoping their gaslighting and psy-ops generates.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      Steve in Lewis I feel your frustration believe me. I wrote the following last night and stand by it because this is the one arena these bastards can’t stop our President. This is where he will outlast all of them. What he will do internationally will be breathtaking and not just Americans but the world will thank him for it for years to come. The man has the will and desire for his domestic agenda. The issue is that these bastards have the ability to stop him.

      Thank you SD for connecting some of the dots for us! It is truly amazing how much our President has done in such a short period of time. It is also amazing to watch his cabinet positions work so naturally with one another. Egos are checked at the door in order to MAGA.

      The respect that President al-Sisi has shown our President is breathtaking. Over 8 times between the meeting in the Oval Office and his interview with Bret Baier he called our President “Your Excellency”. There is no way in hell that President al-Sisi would have ever called Obozo that.

      I have no doubt he will be able to bring all of this together with peace between Israel and Palestine, China will get NK to denuclearize, ISIS will be destroyed across the world, all NATO countries will pay their 2% by the time the 12 month window closes. Syria will finally have stability. This will all get done in the first 4 years. The reason I believe this is because Congress can’t get in his way. He has incredible men and women in his administration that have control of these outcomes.

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      • maiingankwe says:

        Thank you fleporeblog, I needed to hear that. I love your attitude and you’re spot on in my opinion.

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      • dekester says:

        Yes FB. I too enjoy your posts.

        Your Congress really is a shambles..there are hundreds of them, and they do sweet F. All.

        I am retired now, and have the time. I would urge Americans in the same boat, and anyone else that has the time. To organize a massive protest, not against Dems. They are a lost cause.

        But against the Anti PDJT, and obstructionist RINOS. And tag them publicly as being not Republican, but Uniparty.

        I had never before heard the term, before being directed to this site.

        Thank you

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    • boojum says:

      The means to destroy these people and those that control them resides on the computers and devices that were seized from Anthony Wiener. All in due time.

      Unpredictability. Let Trump be Trump.

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  19. fleporeblog says:

    I knew a thread like this was coming! I sit here so frustrated that these morons have total control of the outcome to healthcare, funding and decisions to cut gov’t waste. Our President has and continues to do everything humanly possible to help our country. He is being totally honest that he needs healthcare taken care of because of the cost benefit associated with it (close to $900 billion dollars). Without that piece, the overall tax cuts will be a fraction of what he would hope to get done for us.

    The GOPe played their hand recently with the 6th congressional district in Georgia. They were hoping and praying that the democrat would crack the 50% marker needed to win and not have a runoff. Notice how Senator Jodi Ernnst decided the morning of the election to state that she wished our President would spend less time at Mar-a-Lago. She was praying for the democrat to win because she would have been seen as a hero and a possible presidential candidate in 2020.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/politics/joni-ernst-trump-mar-a-lago/

    Tuesday night scared the crap out of all of them. Cracking 50% would have been their leverage to say that Americans are sending a message that they are tired of the clown show and want change as quickly as possible. Our Lion in a handful of tweets and robocalls neutralized 8.3 million dollars and the Uniparty dreams. Reality hit them square in the face. Our President is not being blamed for the healthcare fiasco. #Buildthewall is trending on twitter.

    At this point their dream scenario has come and gone! We will win all remaining congressional races prior to 2018. Lou Dobbs shared the other night that 8 Democrat Senators up for reelection in 2018 have approval ratings less than 50%. Paul Ryan’s approval rating was 29%. Lower that Bohner (36%) and Pelosi (35%) at the same time when they were the Speaker of the House under a new administration. Our President is only getting stronger and what he is about to accomplish in NK, Syria and Israeli/Palestinian relations and peace will blow the country away. He will be a hero to the world and many more Americans.

    Katrina Person and her pack are running $3 million dollars worth of ads supporting 12 republican congress members that have shown they have our President’s back. I can go on and on but my blood pressure is resigning because I don’t see how we can overcome these POSs!

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    • KBR says:

      Please, who are the 12?
      I haven’t seen these ads, perhaps because I never watch ads on TV?

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    • nobaddog says:

      Trump is smarter than them. He will tell us whats up and what we will need to do to get our country back in order. The swamp still needs to be drained and we haven’t forgotten he said hes going to do it.

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    • Pam says:

      I am beyond disgusted with Joni Ernst. What a disappointment she has turned out to be. Ted Cruz was chiming in with his criticisms of POTUS on the very same day the Ernst statements were made public. She is such an idiot. When will she learned those individuals at the town halls are paid by Soros to be there. I doubt the true Iowan constituents are that upset about POTUS’ trips to Maralago. They should have to answer for the frequent vacations they are taking and the lack of getting anything done. One R senator, I believe it was Lankford who was chiming in with the dems on POTUS’ releasing his tax returns of all things.

      We need to clean house folks!

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    • camulla says:

      I appreciate the encouragement because we all need it. We have work to do, too, though, in discussing these issues as much as we did in 2016 so Americans don’t trust the Democrat lies that are going to start in a few months prior to the primaries. Treepers and friends need to run to be election officials because honest election officials would stop fraud, and Treepers also need to recruit candidates to run for office so some of the Republicans in Congress have opponents and could be defeated in primaries.

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    • cycle1 says:

      Flepore, your posts are definitely appreciated. You have good insights.

      It seems to me that besides supporting candidates that will help Trump repeal and Replace (R&R) we need to actively go after the seats of HFC types that are not going to help Trump successfully R&R Obamacare.

      There are a lot of Trump supporters (TSs) and the TSs know that the future of our country is at stake if POTUS does not R&R Ocare and have tax reform before next presidential election.

      If I were retired, I would be willing to volunteer time to go to the HFC members (HFCMs) states and go door to door to campaign against them. I mean campaign against the HFCMs and anyone else in Trump’s way.

      Also, Trump himself would be very effective if he held rallies in the states of HFCMs and informed attendees to not support HFCM candidates but instead cast a vote for a TS candidate in order to ensure successfully R&R Ocare and subsequently have successful tax reform.

      There are enough TSs to do the above. Maybe we can’t get a TS to replace every HFCM seat, but if we organize and put in a a good grassroots effort, we help Trump.

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  20. Red says:

    What a sorry bunch and just think of it, we pay their salaries, fly them home every weekend, they wine and dine on our money, live their fine fancy lifestyles, and always wheel and deal behind our backs.

    All the while we keep our noses to the grindstone struggling to make ends meet paying bills, medical expenses, taking care of elderly parents who can barely afford to pay their bills. We try to give what we can to charitable organizations and try to do the right thing for our families, friends, neighbors and communities.

    It’s enough to make me want to scream!!!!

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    • flova says:

      This is so obviously true. When will we be the ‘resistance’ to having our hard earned paychecks go to these self-serving losers in DC?!

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  21. Betty says:

    I have one favor to ask.
    When ever you mention “the U.S. CoC” please preface the name with an accurate descriptor: “A the lobbing group calling itself the U.S. CoC”.

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  22. Personally, I’ve been saying it’s one party for about 3 Decades. BUT, my assessment was based purely on my gut instincts.

    This is where Sundance & the Treehouse team comes in handy. They put the reality & cold hard facts to my wild speculations.

    THANK YOU.

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    • FofBW says:

      Indeed!

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    • Weeper says:

      Hi Bluto –
      I agree with you 100%. This site has truly changed me. Sundance gives us the “seeds” so that we can plant the “trees”.

      BTW – I’m a YUGE fan of yours and Fluffy Dog. You’ve put many a smile on my face. 😀

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      • dekester says:

        Right on. My neighbour informed me this AM, that another seed has been planted in our neighbourhood.

        We are a group of centre right Canadians. Canadians who emigrated have emigrated from the U.K. Germany. S.A and elsewhere.

        Thank you for sharing your PDJT with the world. We know he has stated he is the President of the U.S. and not the world.

        However many overseas are grateful to your President.

        Thank you

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    • AJ says:

      So true Bluto. Imagine this scenario: Reagan, daddy Bush ?, Dole !!!!, Bush Jr (WTF), McCain, and then Romney????

      Would any serious political party follow up the massive success of Reagan with a series of losers like that?

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  23. Walt says:

    What is the plan to remove enough of these turds so the rest get onboard for self preservation???

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  24. yy4u says:

    I live in a city with a corrupt city council other than one member. So when I go to vote, I don’t care who is on the ballot. My meme is “if you’re in, you’re out” which means I vote against ANY incumbent but the one mentioned above (who is fairly new on council and roundly hated by the others including mayor and vice mayor). That’s what we need to do if the Repubs don’t get their act together. Vote against ANY incumbent whether Dem or Repub. We need a government that works.

    The Repubs are bone stupid. Trump is term limited to eight years at most. They could let him fix the country for eight years (as Reagan did) and when he’s gone, either a Dem will take over or Pence or another — Pence is a good man, but he’s “getable”. He doesn’t have the steel spine Trump does. He could be coopted and it could go back to business as usual. But they’re greedy, too. They don’t want to wait eight years.

    That’s my view. I agree with Sundance. He/she in many ways opened my eyes after Trump pulled off all their masks in the summer of 2015.

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    • StrandedinCA says:

      Exactly right yy4u. They have to be voted out – All incumbents R’s or D’s need to go. We’ve lived too long with the fallacy that our “bad R’s” are better than their “bad D’s”. They aren’t better and they aren’t worse – they are exactly the same. Vote them out – ALL of them. They have been allowed the luxury of knowing that people will continue to put them back in office no matter what they’ve done, because we won’t vote for the other guy. Time to change that and put the fear of God into the next person to take their place!

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      • KBR says:

        No. Just no.

        The difference between Republican and Democrat is the difference between Obama and Trump.

        The difference between individual people claiming to be Republicans who are not and Democrats constitutes UNIPARTY.

        To vote for a democrat is to give the signal that we want Islamization: remember the “we are all muslim today” dem march? To vote for a democrat is to give the signal that we want to wear pussy hats and we approve killing infants even as they are half out of the womb, or somehow survived an abortion attempt: remember the dem pussy hat march?
        To vote for a dem gives the signal that we wish Hillary were POTUS, and we love the new Muzzie dem party chair.

        We have to WORK, people. NOW. Find and support NOW the Trumpublican person in your own district and be ready to primary out the asses and rinos:

        Put Trumpublicans in and kick UNI-party RINO creeps out.

        Voting for Hillary’s and Obama’s party members is NOT going to help us.

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        • camulla says:

          I agree, KBR. On three issues the Republicans are not helping the people, but on a big number of important issues Republicans are holding back the transformation of our nation to be like Europe with gun confiscation, global warming treaties, etc. If I’m not mistaken, the treaties signed under Obama didn’t disappear after the 2016 election and could still be ratified with a Democrat Senate.

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        • Remington......lcome says:

          Hell of a way to finish the evening. Truth by 2 x 4…This is a butt ugly scenario when you get into the weeds. ‘Doubt any of us are shocked – Weve heard it before. Soooo easy to fall into the republican v democrap trap – even when we know it’s there. Just think about the clueless people…lost in space. As depressing as this reality is, take stock that our President is in God’s hands.

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      • kp3ace says:

        Oops! Another idea! A website, “How did you vote, or Post your vote here!

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    • mariner says:

      You’re not making sense.

      You write that ” I agree with Sundance. He/she in many ways opened my eyes”, but just above that you wrote, “The Repubs are bone stupid…They could let him fix the country for eight years…”

      This suggests that your eyes aren’t really open. Repubs are NOT bone-stupid–they’re on the same side as the Dems. And let’s face it, they’ve been smart enough to jerk us around, haven’t they?

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      • camulla says:

        The problem is we know Democrats are the beneficiaries of people voting out Republicans. See KBR’s post for reasons the two parties on some issues are NOT the same and for reasons the Democrats are MUCH worse. Remember, the stated goal of Democrats IS impeachment. Never mind that Democrats have no evidence. Remember Nixon. Democrats are getting more and more radical in the candidates who get elected. Look at Northeastern and Western states, and look at Europe. We would be Europe if Democrats get back in power. We are not going to get a second reprieve. It is on us to find candidates, campaign, and sacrifice hobbies and sports to go to meetings so that Democrats don’t get back in power.

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  25. Sandra-VA says:

    I am so sick of all this. At this point, I’d rather see single payer and be done with it all. They will never ever give up all the pro-gov stuff in OCare

    If you think this is bad, Paul Ryan’s Better Way Tax Plan is even worse. The lower tax brackets won’t really give us more money in our pockets because they take away the deductions for Personal Property Tax, State Tax etc etc… in other words, we will still pay the same in taxes, maybe more. But, those that don’t pay anything in taxes will still be getting huge handouts in the form of “tax credits”.

    Gah!

    Just ticked off with all this nonsense. Such a shame that the R’s will not work with the guy we elected President.

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  26. Pam says:

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  27. not2worryluv says:

    Can President Trump insist that everyone in Congess no longer be exempt from any Health Care act that they expect us to live with while all of them, their staff and families get free market Cadillac Plans that we the taxpayer funds?

    Absolutely NO exemptions for anyone!
    Congess, Labor, Donors, Big Corporations, former Presidents Senators, Representatives, stafffers- the entire D.C. Swamp.

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    • Deep Blue C says:

      I have requested that Trump do this very thing–two or three times. I suggest you do the same, and here’s the link to do just that: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

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    • Wiggyky says:

      What Cadillac Plan does Congress have? Please be specific, not opinion. It’s different than what I know they have.

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      • AJ says:

        I don’t know about the politicians but I thought the staff was moved to ObamaCare.

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        • Wiggyky says:

          His point specifically said Congress, not staff.

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          • churchmouse says:

            This article from the Los Angeles Times explains their sweet deal on health care:

            http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-congress-health-coverage-20170201-story.html

            And, if Obamacare is repealed, they’ll return to the sweet deal they had before, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program:

            http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/on-health-care-well-have-what-congress-is-having

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            • Wiggyky says:

              Again misleading. Check out who ALSO used FEHB.

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              • churchmouse says:

                Sorry, I did my research.

                If you know that much about it, please enlighten us. Thank you in advance.

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                • Wiggyky says:

                  I do too and have 30 years of documents. I got them the old fashioned way….copying articles and documents as they came out. Even Snopes, for once, had the integrity to tell the truth about it.

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                  • churchmouse says:

                    But you’re not adding anything to the discussion.

                    You challenge. Someone finds something. You say it isn’t good enough and you have 30 years worth of documents to prove it.

                    In a nutshell, what do they say?

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                  • Wiggyky says:

                    I posted a link at the top of this conversation. Is that not a contribution? And I’m sure Sundance would not appreciate me posting 30 years of items as you request. Sound like you have more homework to do and I am not going to do it for you.

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                  • churchmouse says:

                    I don’t see your link. I see the following:

                    ‘What Cadillac Plan does Congress have? Please be specific, not opinion. It’s different than what I know they have.’

                    I did say ‘in a nutshell’. Why ask questions if you’re not prepared to summarise your point?

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                  • Wiggyky says:

                    OK I erred because the link is on the Uniparty Healthcare thread that Sundance set up.

                    My original question in this series was “What Cadillac Plan”. No one has answered other than to claim the FEHB. What they failed to include is that program applies to ALL government employees. Second, you hung your hat on the L.A. Times article, yet I found this: “What likely would happen is…” So it was not definite. One would think if a LAW took Congress off the FEHB and put them on ACA, would it not take another Law to move them back to FEBH or another plan? So again I ask, where is the Cadillac Plan? Makes good fodder for the gullible, and has for many years, but doesn’t mean anything in reality.

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                  • churchmouse says:

                    Thank you for your response.

                    Regardless of what happens, it seems unlikely that legislators or most federal employees will be on the same plan as the average American.

                    The New Yorker article said:

                    ‘… it follows that, if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, members of Congress would be able to return to the federal plan that they, like millions of federal employees, were so fond of. Twenty million other Americans won’t.’

                    The LA Times enumerated the special clinics and doctors those in DC are entitled to see, under the old system and under ACA.

                    They have had — and will continue to have — a better deal.

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                  • Wiggyky says:

                    It all depends on how the new Law is written. We will have to wait and see.

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            • Wiggyky says:

              BTW, this so called “sweetheart deal” has been going on for years. The gullible will believe anything the media says.

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      • not2worryluv says:

        As an example,Paul Ryan and his Staff enjoy The Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan that covers (pays for with our taxdollars) 70% of of their premiums. They can choose their plan- plans that allow them to choose plans that include physicians, hospitals, services they want including what the deductible and co-pays are (if any). Congress exempted themselves from the “law” after the bill was passed and realizing how they were losing one of their Golden Eghs by claiming each office had less than 50 employees ego a “small business”.

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        • Wiggyky says:

          Sorry but as of 2014 members of the United States Congress and their staff are excluded from the FEHB and required to purchase health insurance through the health care exchange due to the Affordable Care Act.

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  28. Donna in Oregon says:

    Mail them teabags and march on Washington DC. They may be brave on television, but face-to-face is a little different. They will cave.

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  29. Pam says:

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  30. 2x4x8 says:

    so if Trump is the Opposition Party to the UniParty, then Trump will withdraw the USA from the Paris Climate Accord, because it does not need Congressional approval, Global Warming is a hoax and Trump Executive Orders have reversed Obama’s implementation regulation

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    • BG2 says:

      Alas, the Trump Kid’s are Global Warming alarmists. Al Gore was invited to the White House to brief Ivanka. Shudder.
      You’ll see the Kid’s real influence on the direct question of withdrawl from the Paris Accord which was assumed, listening to Donald’s speeches

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  31. C. Lowell says:

    You are amazing Sundance — yours is the clearest political I’ve seen anywhere —

    Where would we be without you?

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  32. Donna in Oregon says:

    John Adams letter to H. Niles
    Categories: American Revolution
    Date: February 13, 1818
    But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations…This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.

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  33. Pam says:

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  34. Vince says:

    The solution is obvious but difficult. We need our own Chamber of Commerce type lobbying group.

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    • camulla says:

      The solution is repentance and turning to the Lord first and then getting involved at the local level. Trust me, I work, and I know how difficult finding time is, but most of us have at least two or three hours a week if we rearrange our priorities, and we need to find people who can go to Republican meetings, go to these meetings ourselves, find people who can run for office, vet them, and campaign so we don’t have the same people in Congress.

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  35. Pam says:

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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    • camulla says:

      I guess we knew he would run again. Texas needs to work on finding a good candidate for the primaries and getting that person name recognition through campaigning.

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    • Weeper says:

      Ugh! The only thing worse than listening to Lester Holt oooze distane for PDJT on NBC Nightly News is listening to Dr. Seuss, aka Lyin Ted, campaign. I’m from Texas. Where are those earplugs 😖

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    • Wiggyky says:

      I always thought that if the Texans were smart they would have challenged Cruz by running for Senator while still a Canadian Citizen. Yet they’ll probably ignore true facts of his past and reelect him. Heidi slipped up and stated he is not a Natural Born Citizen. If he is so honest then why does he have all his papers locked up like Obama did?

      http://rickwells.us/heidi-cruz-admits-husband-ted-not-eligible-not-natural-born-2/

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      • AJ says:

        Texas is smoke and mirrors. Of all the states Texas had it in it’s power to challenge the federal government under Obama but never stepped forward.
        The final salvation of the US must come from the states since Trump’s legacy will evaporate just as Reagan’s did.

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  36. Pam says:

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  37. Linda says:

    Maybe Trump needs to use 1 of 2 possible nuclear options:
    1-Prove Obama did not meet the qualifications to be President, therefore anything he signed into law is null and void.
    2-Start prosecuting the corruptocrats in Congress. Maybe start with Ryan to make an example of.

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Institute criminal RICO grand jury investigations of Donohue/CoC, Soros, Ryan, <0bunghole, etc. etc. Make the targets 2 Demonrats for every 1 GOPer. Citizens of the USA are the victims of their <0-don't-care extortion racket and more. Should be able to file the case anywhere the victims were victimized, so just pick the most conservative U.S. District in the entire U.S.A. and let a jury of our peers go to work on 'em. Really sick and tired of looking at their weasel faces and hearing their parcel-tongue blather.

      In the meantime, PDJT should also veto every bill that comes across his desk, if he or a definite ally didn't write and advance the bill. No porky amendments, no more "Cromnibus" b.s. Shut down House and Senate. Let them know how it feels to have your company/employer go bust, b/c of their criminality.

      Nuclear option? No hotter than our anger at its coldest.

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    • MVW says:

      I figure Sessions is getting the pedophile prosecution docket packed, then start marching a few into court, afterwards legislation will start making progress.

      Today a Big General got tagged as a child rapist as a token promise of Pizza gate. However, a few of the untouchables will need to be hauled to the hoosegow to make them into believers. Not Rice, perhaps a juicy Neocon, a network executive, or better yet, Google’s Schmidt.

      What would be glacier busting would be a Rothschild oligarch on Rico charges rather than pedophilia.

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  38. Rick says:

    It’s easy to want to go nuclear on the whole fckn establishment. Truthfully, I have come to believe over the past two years here, and knowing there are many others that think the way I do, Trump isn’t even focused on the shit heads in our Uni-party Congress.

    I think he has already sat down with his boys/girls; T-Rex, Gen Kelly, Old Mr. Ross, and the other TRUE supporting cast members and all have been given a real heads up from AG Sessions about the non-functioning and complicit obstructionists that exist in both Houses. These are smart folks.
    They will not lose playing long ball with lightweight punks like Ryan, Flake, Dems, etc….

    I think while the intent was real to Replace and Repeal O-Care and to have a new tax law in place early on, Trump let the boys in D.C. hang themselves on the first rodeo go-round, even though he took a few headshots. Now, I’m convinced that his Cabinet knows that the issues facing our Country in regard to past weak Foreign policy, is a much easier Win-Win situation for the President to confront. (which any President would have to anyway, excluding Obummer) Ironically, even the worse Anti-Trumpers are now starting to sing praises for Trump. (Ms. Lindsey Graham) Not as much because Trump has turned 180 degrees on his campaign positions in regard to Foreign intervention, but because the reality is that the Obstructionists have less control over him and no understanding what his Game Plan is there. He holds the Ace card in all element of surprise and he can’t be gamed by the DC Uni-party. Tillerson has been nothing short of masterful on the World stage. Kelly is cleaning up the Border and Sessions is just starting to roll.

    Gorka was great the other day when he said this Admin will not reveal their game plan in regard to what Trump will do as far as NK, Syria, Iran, Isis etc….Freezes the crap out of the Uni-party fools and the big money cabals who have milked the American middle class with their NWO directive over the past Four Administrations. They know that the man is beating them in at their own game. He has moved his queen out for attack (military strategy) while defending his King (domestic long ball) for the checkmate that will come later in 2018, 2020 and beyond.

    Trump controls the Military…our greatest signal source of World Strength. The Globalist greater fear. Yeah, it used to be “it’s the economy stupid”. No cheaper words uttered than that slogan by slick Politico’s who never did anything about helping Mr. & Mrs. America. Trump is already rocking Wall Street, while manufacturing and Made in AMERICA is back and vogue again. (Unemployment filings lowest since 2001) Folks, that’s beginning days of George W. (following peacetime days of Clinton)

    Yet, I really believe that the Military strength & initiative is what has taken everyone by surprise and have left many off guard. Where the hell did this come from, they ask? Trump’s plan to force China & Russia to pick sides is gamesmanship not seen since post WW2. Yes, scary times for sure, we all knew that. However, Trump has put he little Fatman front and center as the real emerging World menace. He has 30 nukes or so already. Scary shit! All the more beautiful for Trump to lay out the naive negotiation of Clinton-Albright past, the anchor now tied around the necks of mindless Dems, drowning them in their own Swamp of Worhless Foreign policy.

    The Iran deal will be laid on Obama’s neck too, and the Dem’s will have to listen to how Trump had to clean up this mess also, that this all happened because of Dem over-reaching domestic policies neglecting a strong military and our countries long-term security. This is a winning marketing plan, as good as American Apple pie. Why do you think Pence is now on aircraft carriers? Why is he giving tough looks facing North on the DMZ? Why the trip to the Orient? This isn’t just photo op time. Shit is going to get serious. We pray that it will be swift and with a quick resolve. Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, World allies know that the Little Fat man has crossed the line. The World knows his missiles and he, MUST GO. Trump knows it too. The Globalists don’t know what Trump knows, nor what he will do. If he plays it right, he’ll right his own ticket for us for the next 50 years. Supreme Court, Domestic Policy, New World respect on Foreign Policy and America First Trade deals.

    Even now, before the military action hits, Trump’s winning in so many ways. It’s reported that 89% of media is Negative Trump and the guy just flat out breaks their balls every day. He just doesn’t quit. So, how could I quit him? No folks, for me it really is about WINNING! Trump will get the Domestic agenda moving in time. Ideally, if there wasn’t a Uni-Party and a Obstructionist media, Domestic changes would have happened already. T.A.R.P. for Obummer was just theft and payback to the Globalist cabal. The puppet was in place. We all lost. No more. Trump is independent. It’s best he strengthens our Global position first now. Immigration is coming to a screeching halt, which does make us safer and in light of World events, it may be the best thing for now at home. The Wall is going up for bid and trial sections in Otay Mesa (8 miles from me) will be constructed soon. (I’ll be sending weekly pics to you Treepers, so you can smile daily)

    So much more to write….so much more to talk about. Yet, in one final blast of wind remember to tune out the MSM…seek your own knowledge and don’t be fed pablum by the Media or the Politicians. This site is a good medicine for what we need NOW. That’s reinforcement. Keep each other strong. It’s not being rah, rah but more the realization that what has been destroyed for decades cannot be righted in 100 days or 1 year. Let’s be real. It’s a real fight and we all know it.
    However, no greater victory could have happened for us other than what did happen on the night of Nov 8th, 2016. Another day that will really live in infamy.

    Stay strong and even recognize that Breibart, Fox, Drudge and all of the experts have their own agendas. That’s OK! So do we.

    Our agenda is the real agenda though. It’s a fight for the future of our way of life. We must stay strong, continue our unwavering support for the President and to keep exposing the demons by hook or crook, by Twitter or Facebook, or by any other means that shows WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN! May God Bless and May God Bless America.

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  39. Old Ez says:

    Theories can be true or untrue. A single clearly related concrete fact that disagrees with a theory proves it untrue. Several related facts that are not as concrete or as closely related that disagree with a theory make it likely to be untrue.

    1) The UniParty exists. Perhaps not exactly in a form we image, but it is real none the less.
    2) The UniParty is controlled by unelected money interests; lobbies and large donors.
    3) Ryan and McConell are power players in the UniParty.
    4) Neither the Uniparty nor Ryan and McConell have the interests of the American people above the interests of Big Money.
    5) Obamacare was and is more of a maneuver of America toward totalitarianism and socialism than a bill to improve healthcare for American citizens.
    6) Obamacare passed by bullying and bribing away any party opposition and keeping the majority of the contents secret from likely public outrage until after passage.

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    • Old Ez says:

      7) RyanoCare has not been made public. Its contents known to a few who only relay to the public bits they feel are favorable to passage.
      8) From what details that have been leaked about Ryanocare, it appears to almost identical to or leaves in place the majority of Obamacare. Obamacare 2.0 would be a VERY good description from what the public has been told.
      9) Almost every Representative that was elected by and stayed mostly true to the Tea Party Deplorables is a member of the House Freedom Caucus. When people keep bringing up Chaffetz to represent the whole HFC, THEY ARE PURPOSELY DECEIVING YOU. He is NOT lock-step with the HFC and has been pressured by Tea Party Deplorables to NOT run again in 2018.
      10) Meadows, the House Freedom Caucus leader, was one of Trumps earliest supporters and even went so far as to attend Trump rallies unannounced, with no press coverage, no speaking opportunity, and no prearranged chance to even speak to Trump himself, JUST BECAUSE HE WANTED TO HEAR WHAT THE MAN HAD TO SAY WHEN HE THOUGHT IT DIDN’T MATTER. With the likely exception of Jeff Sessions, Trump has NO ONE in either the House or Senate who has been as strong a supporter as Mark Meadows.
      11) A decent person does not join his sworn enemies to attack his loyal friend. If you do, you are not a Deplorable. You are DESPICABLE and forever an enemy of mine.
      12) Just because you are against one thing (RyanoCare), does not mean you are for another (Rand Pauls crazy ideas). To say or imply such is dishonest.
      13) Just because you are against one thing you feel is a dishonest mistake (Ryanocare), does not mean you are incapable of understanding the difficulties undoing that thing in a single stroke.
      14) There is always more than one way to skin a cat. Anyone who tells you that either this way or Pauls way is the only way, is deceiving you with a false choice.

      People who have had success with a method in the past (The UniParty) tend to use them in the future. Besides carrot and stick (bully and bribe), divide and conquer is time tested. I refuse to stand with Ryan, McConnell, and the UniParty against the few friends the Tea Party deplorables have consistently had.

      If I must choose a side, I stand with the American Tea Party Deplorable Movement and Meadows, even if I stand alone, I will never stand with the UniParty against America.

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      • Old Ez says:

        I’m sure the bots and trolls will all over me now, even though Trump has few supporters as staunch as I have been. I will quite possibly be asked to leave. So be it. I will never stand with the UniParty against America.

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      • jmsvoice says:

        I agree, and frankly would like to see Trump aggressively move back to the promises he campaigned on and enough of the WH flirting with Paul Ryan-O Care and his globalist ideas, the Paris Climate deal, and letting the Kushner/Goldman Sachs uniparty boys Trump has appointed run the show. The Freedom Caucus seems to be a lone voice for conservatism and I’m miffed at why Sundance has been relentlessly calling them out.

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        • Old Ez says:

          THX!
          I was beginning to think that either no one read or no one understood. I am heart broken that the last bastion of hope, the last refuge of common sense conservatives has moved so far Left. I’ve only commented recently but have read here from near the beginning.

          I worked ten times harder to get Donald Trump elected than all the other candidates combined over my lifetime. He and the Freedom Caucus are the only thing standing between a little hope yet and the forced exercise of the second amendment. Trump nor the Freedom Caucus are gods and if either refuses to listen to the people they will become worse than useless. Still, they remain our last decent hope of avoiding the horrid actions necessary if we lose all voice. If we lose either one to the UniParty or let them become divided, we will be left no other chances or choices.

          I pray Dear God in Heaven please let it be your will to deliver us and our children from that dire task…

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  40. Attorney says:

    Treehouse did nothing short of incredible work during the election. I do not regret voting for Trump at all, because I have no doubt that he was and remains our best hope. But the odds are against him. And I have to say, the influence of NY liberalism in his administration is beginning to concern me. He seems to be missing some opportunities that could be taken advantage of with a more aggressive stance on domestic policy. Just saying. I hope Treehouse is right that there is reason to be optimistic. Again, though, just imagine Jeb, for example, as POTUS. Trump is already much better than that scenario.

    I will see where we are at summer’s end. Cannot imagine having to deal with the likes of Paul Ryan. That alone would drive most people mad. Trump hopefully has a plan.

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  41. Donna in Oregon says:

    Just waiting until we get the call to stand-up to Congress and protest. My ears are tuned to Sundance and Pres. Trump.

    Samuel Adams A State of the Rights of the Colonists Date: 1772

    “Let us disappoint the Men who are raising themselves on the ruin of this Country. Let us convince every invader of our freedom, that we will be as free as the constitution our fathers recognized, will justify.”

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    • cycle1 says:

      In addition to protests, we can also campaign against HFC members and those who stand in the way of POTUS delivering on POTUS’ remaining campaign promises.

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  42. Constance Morrow says:

    Why doesn’t some write this clearly in a big full page op ed and get it in the hands of every voting American? Most do.not.know. this. Trump needs help. How can we help him?

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  43. This revised attempt at healthcare smells like more B.S.
    For what it is worth here are my 2 cents so grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!
    Our healthcare system is completely broken as is our government. Our citizens are tied to their jobs because they can’t afford to lose their employer based health insurance. Think about that one for a moment. The following is a very high-level multi-faceted approach to solving our capitalistic health insurance (ours is NOT healthcare) issues. In order to properly address health insurance every single item mentioned below would have to be done and it would all need to be done in one set of legislation, NOT a phased approach.

    However, in all honestly we would likely be better of with universal healthcare in conjunction with optional supplemental insurance coverage (that my friend’s is a separate post).

    1.Major tort reform is required to drive down provider costs (for example, back in 2010 my OBGYN’s malpractice insurance cost approx 180K per year).
    2. Either do away with the requirement for EHR/EMRs (Electronic Healthcare Records Systems) or start paying providers to update the useless records. Our lovely government thought that someday all of the different EHR/EMR’s would be integrated to communicate with each other. They aren’t and they never will be. Today there are over 200 vendors and all of these platforms will never be integrated. Further, there are safety issues with these platforms (I was almost killed in 2013 because of an Rx error in one hospital department that filtered through to other departments). One mistake in a hospital record follows the patient and mistakes are not easy to get fixed. The EMR systems should NOT allow for copy/paste functionality. Physicians should be paid a flat rate or time based rate per patient to input the patient data. An alternative to this solution is to simply eliminate the requirement for electronic records and have a simple requirement that states all doctors must have type written notes. They can dictate into a headset and it can auto transcribe to their format (hand written notes should not be allowed as most doctors have poor handwriting.).
    3. Physicians should be reimbursed for phone calls with patients and e-mails sent to patients. This could be a flat fee reimbursement.
    4. Prices for all medical treatments and tests must be posted on the internet within a single comprehensive website for each state. Prices shown should be based on insurance and cash/credit card pay prices. All data should be updated every 24 hours. For example, if a consumer is shopping for a new primary care physician they would be able to go to a single website and enter say their zip code, the provider specialty and distance and type of service (example, new patient office visit) and they should see a list of doctors with their prices for such service. It would be even better if they could see patient ratings, but I will leave that for another day. Be warned, the AMA and insurance companies will not go for this. Why you ask………..because doctors would see what other doctors are getting paid by each insurance company for each type of service and it would make it more difficult for the insurance companies to negotiate their contracts with the providers! With increasing deductibles, co pays and coinsurance shouldn’t the consumer be entitled to see the costs of care before they make decisions?
    5. The same as number 4, but for hospitals. Every consumer should be able to look up the hospital; associated physician’s and costs for services.
    6. Any doctor working in a hospital should be required to be contracted with the same insurance companies as the hospital for which they are contracted. This will avoid getting bills for professional services done out of network. When a patient goes to the hospital they should not have to ask every single professional that provides them services if they are contracted with their health plan.
    7. Providers and Hospitals should be able to process claims real-time (this technology exists) to ensure accuracy of quotes to patients. This also helps to ensure accurate provider reimbursement.
    8. Eliminate each state’s health insurance laws. Gone. Eliminated. Kaput. If you want insurance companies to be able to more affordably sell across state lines then barriers need to be removed and this is one of several barriers.
    9. Disband the Blue Cross Blue Shield agreements (this one is too technical to explain here). Elimination would help open markets to allow Blues plans to compete with each other.
    10. Completely eliminate/outlaw employer sponsored/paid health insurance. Yes you read that right. This is the bread and butter of the insurance companies. This would push everyone into the individual market. Why should an employer be involved in the health of its employees? Do they buy/sponsor auto insurance? Home insurance?
    One thing the average American does not understand is that about 60% of the employers in this country self insure. Let me explain what this means. Just because you have an ID card that is branded say UnitedHealth does not mean they are who is insuring you!!! When an employer self insures (another term used is self funds) they contract with a health insurance plan (in this example UnitedHealth) and they pay the insurance plan a fee for each employee (and their spouse and children if applicable) to administer the plan. In the health insurance world this is known as ASO (Administrative Services Only). In these instances there is a contract between the employer and health insurance company where by the employees access the provider networks and the insurance company processes and pays the claims from an account set up by the employer. The funds to pay the claims come from a bank account established by the employer group. Also, the employer group usually has what is called stop loss insurance. This is required in order to protect them from high dollar claims. When high dollar claims come in this form of insurance kicks in (and the premiums for this may go up the following year) and the high dollar claim gets paid by this insurance company. Companies that self insure fall under ERISA. Ok so stop and think for a moment. How would you feel if your employer knew all of your medical information? You wouldn’t like it. Do you think they make decisions based on your medical information? Well guess what…………they do! This is a very dirty little secret the average American does not understand. There is supposed to be a “firewall” between the claims that get paid by the insurance company and the employer group, but most often there is not. Even when the company gets what is called the claims detail with the employee names scrubbed out………….they can tie the date the claim is paid to those employees out. Also, have a sick spouse or child? These too can cause issues with your employment. I have seen and personally been involved in cases where the employer makes layoff decisions based on employees that have high costs of medical claims. I can also tell you that the mass layoffs that were happening in 2008-2010 the first place employers looked to cut that were self insured…………they looked to employees that were costing them more in medical claims than they were worth. Think about it….if you are paying an employee say 80K per year and in that year their medical claims were 100K why would you retain them? This is a reason you never ever want to work for a company that self insures if you can avoid it. It also makes me a firm believer that medical insurance should not in any way be tied to unemployment. Just think if insurance was not tied to your employment in a job you hated……well you would be more inclined to find a better job!
    For example……….take a look at what AOL did back in 2014………..this is a very good example of executive decisions made based on their employee’s health and/or the health of the employee’s spouse or child:

    11. Deny all insurers, hospitals and health IT companies the ability to hire H1-B and further they should not be allowed to outsource (no near shore, onshore or offshore). This will bring some jobs back; protect patient data (reminder to all that most insurance company’s process data in India and HIPAA is not applicable overseas). Without getting into details………the number one software platform used by 80% of insurance companies to process claims data was purchased by an Indian company. Many Americans lost their jobs and those that are left there are miserable. AN Indian company now owns the technology that I can guarantee that 80% of the people on this site…..their insurance company uses the platform. I could write stories that would make you cringe………..
    12. Covering children and young adults until the age of 26. I think all children should be covered until they are 18 and then until 24 years of age provided they are at minimum a part-time student. This is how it used to work.
    13. Now this is the big one………pre-existing conditions. Everyone wants this but no one knows how to pay for it. Based on what I am hearing over the past couple of days they are talking about guaranteed issue. There are rumors they plan on modeling it after what the state of Maine is doing. To understand this I recommend reading this:
    http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2017/03/02/invisible-high-risk-pools-how-congress-can-lower-premiums-and-deal-with-pre-existing-conditions/
    and after you have read that link read this one:
    http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/the-2-words-that-spell-doom-for-the-gops-obamacare-replacement-plan/
    Guaranteed issue is a very technical topic and it would take me several days to write something that is easy to understand. Basically if you have any pre-existing condition you would most likely need to go the Guaranteed Issue route. Without having access to the new proposed legislation I can’t say too much more. What will more than likely happen is there will be a listing of what they will consider pre-existing conditions. In my previous life when I worked in this industry I will tell you a few things. Back in 1994 I was working inside the largest health insurer in the US. I was working in their California offices. I was responsible for COBRA, Individual Market and CA Guaranteed Issue. Yes, California used to have Guaranteed Issue and here is how it worked. If you lost your job you were entitled to 18 months of COBRA coverage (could be more if you were deemed disabled). Once your 18 months were exhausted you took one of two routes. You applied for individual coverage if you were healthy. And when I mean healthy…………you had no conditions………..not even acne or a single high LDL blood lab. Not many people were approved for individual coverage. If you had health issues you would elect Guaranteed Issue, if you could afford the premiums. In 1994 the premium for a single person over the age of 40 was $1,400.00 per month. That is not a typo. And the cost went up every year. People that elected this often ended up being terminated for non-payment of premiums. What one needs to understand is that Guaranteed Issue isolates all people with health issues into one pool. When you get a pool of sick people……well the premiums go up by large amounts every year!!! The Guaranteed Issue plan in Maine they say is working, but costs are going up. The thing about Maine is that it is a relatively small population. Here we are talking about doing this for the entire country on a state level. I can say that Guaranteed Issue will result in people that cannot afford high premiums will end up dying as at some point it comes down to making a mortgage payment or paying your health insurance premium. I am going to go out on a limb now and say for a person with pre-existing conditions, say a 43 year old male in Southern California the minimum starting premium will be about $1,800 per month. Providing affordable care for people with pre-existing conditions in a capitalist health insurance market is impossible. The ACA attempted to put everyone into one pool which in theory is what would need to be done to bring down the price, but not as many younger healthier people obtained coverage so the rates spiraled out of control. Once I know more about the proposal I may return and write some comments as to my opinions.
    14. The costs of prescriptions must be addressed. This is going to be very difficult especially due to the money the Pharma companies have and the lobbyist. Here are a few starting points:
    a. Pharma companies should be prohibited from any form of advertising direct to the consumer/patient. They should only be permitted a single informational website for consumers. Most all countries (except Australia I think) prohibit advertising directly to consumers.
    b. The United States (this means the government and health insurers) should never be charged more than 20% below the average cost of the medication world-wide. Have you ever wondered why medications are much cheaper in foreign countries than the US? It is because our high prices in the US subsidize the cheaper costs in foreign countries.
    c. The government should be allowed to negotiate drug prices.
    d. US citizens should be allowed to purchase drugs outside of the US in places such as Canada and Mexico.
    e. All prices should be transparent on a single website and drug prices should be updated on a daily basis
    f. The FDA approval process must be streamlined.
    15. The executive level pay of employees of health insurance, hospitals and pharma companies needs to be brought under control.
    16. We may want to consider lowering the Medicare age to 55 (after all many companies refuse to higher people over 50) and increasing the FICA contribution for people over 40 years of age. The premiums for people 55 to 64 would obviously need to be a bit higher than those 65 and older.
    17. Each US citizen should be given a unique subscriber identifier (this is required for providers today in order to get paid and prevent fraud…it is called a NPI, National Provider Identifier). This is not a social security number. Medicare’s use of SSN has resulted in fraud.
    18. Our elected officials and all government employees should be forced out into the individual market and have the same choices as regular citizens!

    Lastly consumers should have a choice. When we purchase auto insurance we pick our deductible and other components of coverage so why should we not be able to do this for our health insurance? Consumers should be able to pick their deductible, co pay or coinsurance level and the types of coverage they want or do not want. One component all plans should have is catastrophic inpatient hospitalization. For instance I don’t need maternity coverage, substance abuse coverage, chiro etc….. As a consumer I should be able to tell a company what I need and do not need and they should in turn be able to provide me with a product that matches my needs and budget. The systems used by the insurance companies are flexible and could support this. This would also force insurance companies to come up with better plan offerings.
    Whew….that is it for now. I could write for days but I think you get the picture

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  44. Martin says:

    Has anyone else gotten a Trump Agenda Survey from the GOP in the mail recently? I wrote

    Unless and until the GOP stops opposing our President, you’ll get zero!

    As if.

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    • Robert says:

      I did as well. I told them to work more and get things accomplished, and stop taking vacations that are longer than their working time, and then I will be happy to donate.

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  45. President Trump should be starting to put the word out to members of Congress who have Kickback-Voted to enrich Donors in Pay-to-Play.

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  46. kltk1 says:

    Thanks for the reminder that nothing of substance will occur, regardless of who’s in charge. Blame the HFC all you want, remember they’re one piece of a puzzle. Getting in bed with Ryan and his “Change nothing but let’s call it something else” plan does nothing to fix the problem and sets up POTUS to fail if he signs it while handing Democrats their talking points for 2018 and 2020. Standing with the HFC gets POTUS nowhere because they don’t have the power to bring their own legislation to the floor and anything they could bring would never make it as Ryan would block it because “That’s not who we are”. Pissing and moaning isn’t a strategy. Pick a lane.

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  47. shadowcole says:

    Honest question, where the flying flipping fuc+ do we go now? What’s next?

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  48. cjzak says:

    Until all members of Congress/Federal govt. have to use the same healthcare options they are trying to push on the rest of us, they will do as their told by the big money entities controlling them. They all sit there in DC spending other people’s money–we the taxpayers’ money–with no seeming thought to the effects they are having on us because it really doesn’t affect them personally at this point. Until they are trying to get elected that is. Then they will say and promise everything they think the majority of us want from them. When they get to DC, they conveniently forget all those promises and sink right into the swamp, wallowing in the mud and their own slop with all the others with few exceptions.

    I think President Trump is learning this lesson now about how deep the swamp really is–one he probably knew existed but not how truly bad it is—and I have no idea how he’ll combat it all and get anything done. He is doing his best but he does face the proverbial mountain to climb. A big mountain. We should be grateful for anything that he accomplishes, but I am not very hopeful on the healthcare issue anymore. The other things SD mentioned seem a little more achievable to me, but who knows really. I trust him to do what he can.

    We shall see as time goes on and yes we need to vote out the ones who oppose him. Problem is, we know what’s going on and what is essential to do, here at CTH, but most Americans don’t have a clue about it all and vote like those in AZ who kept McCain in his seat, with little thought to what they were voting for, just keep the status quo because it’s ok. Without a means to publicize all this information to voters, they will just vote for the people who seem to go along with their wants and needs.

    We have no large media working for us and now even Fox is being compromised and they weren’t that great to begin with. Who will speak the truth to the people and help them understand what they need to do? Wishful thinking, but I hope some of the deposed conservative news personalities and wealthy Trump supporters band together and start a new conservative, pro Trump- pro we the people media outlet. There is a big need to really reach a lot of people and let them know how much their support is worth. There is a need to promote all that Pres, Trump is actually getting accomplished in the face of massive opposition coming from the swamp creatures in DC. Would be so nice to have someone in the media on our side for a change.

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  49. Paco Loco says:

    This Gordian knot created by Big Business controlled Uniparty will only be untied when the people remove the oligarchs from power and control. How that is to be done by the ballot box or by other means is the big question and who will challenge the status quo and lead the insurrection?

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  50. qwck10th says:

    Still seems like there is a piece missing here. Trash the HFC if you like, maybe they were complicit, maybe they were duped, but just maybe they saved us from ObamaCare 2.0 (aka RyanCare.) That’s how I remember it going down.

    Now, Ryan and the boys are acting like they are working on something new, but all we have are press releases and whispers; to my knowledge no working document has been (or likely will be) released. We have to pass it to find out what’s in it. Riiiiight.

    I don’t trust any of them, even DJT is getting some extra scrutiny after getting behind RyanCare. Well, he should. No one is perfect, no one.

    If Ryan is smiling. We’re getting screwed-over. Its as simple as that.

    Qwck.

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