Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan Governor that was brought along on John McCain’s presidential suicide mission, is speaking out against the absolutely awful bill that Congress is attempting to pass through under the auspices of ‘healthcare reform.’ She calls it RINO-Care.
I prefer to call it RYAN CARE. But, anyways…Paul Ryan introduced a bill the he’s calling the “American Health Care Act.” It doesn’t repeal Obamacare but it does amend large portions of it. There have been mixed reports citing that the bill wasn’t reviewed properly through the committee procedure and that’s both right and wrong. It certainly was reviewed, but it was done late at night between 11 PM and 4 AM in some cases. Republicans from the House Freedom Caucus and the libertarian bloc in the senate have been coming forward to admonish the bill calling it everything from Obamacare 2.0 to crony-capitalism.
Governor Palin has been the most outspoken and she brings up a d**n good point:
“I do want to speak about this, but I am tempted to say not another word from our fearless leaders about this new form of Obamacare that I’m going to call RINO-care—not another word from them until we are definitively told that there is no provision whatsoever allowing Congress to exempt itself whatsoever with this law,” Palin said. “As with anything else mandated by Congress, every single dotted I and crossed T better apply to them, too, and not just the people who they are lording this thing over because remember this is government-controlled health care, the system that requires enrollment in an unaffordable, unsustainable, unwanted, unconstitutional continuation of government-run medicine, and even in this new quasi-reformed proposal, there is still an aspect of socialism. That’s the whole premise here.”
She has her facts mixed up a tiny bit, but the premise is right: Americans are being screwed over and told to like it and be appreciative. The system doesn’t require you to enroll, but it will punish you if you try to enroll later in life after not enrolling in the beginning. Essentially, if you go off an insurance plan for longer than 63 days, it will become much more expensive to return to a plan. This is a loophole. Congress is allowed to say they are mandating that pre-existing conditions be covered. That’s only half-true. If you are someone with or without a medical condition tries to go back on medical insurance a 30% rate hike is assessed per month for the first year for their new coverage. So, sure, if you want to switch your insurer or increase your coverage you will be able to do so with a pre-existing condition. No problem. But if you are not covered and attempt to get coverage you will be penalized. See? Loopholes. Not even really clever ones for Congress’ standards either.
“That’s a great question. That’s a great question,” Palin said when informed of the fact that House GOP leaders have refused to answer which lobbyists were involved in writing the legislation. “The people want to know with this RINO-Care, we know that it helps Big pharma and big lobbyists who need big government to stay in business. We want to and have the right to know who’s actually putting pen to paper and writing this because we know the politicians don’t write the laws.”
This is something that not many people understand about the legislative process. Everyone seems to get that lobbyists are involved with essentially bribing Congressmen and Senators, but what they fail to recognize is that these people are also responsible for writing large segments of the bills. That’s a reason that we describe legislation as “sponsored” rather than “authored.”
As for how this problem will be solved, the Alaskan frontierswoman had an interesting take: she believes that President Trump will step in at the stroke of midnight to save us from this miserable bill. Speaking to Breitbart News she said, “he will step in and fix it. I have great faith that President Trump is one who will fulfill campaign promises. He already has a track record of doing it so well in these first months, I’m just really proud to have been part of the constituency that wanted him there and worked hard to get him in there.”
The former Alaskan Governor did have a moment of deep (relatively speaking) introspection when she was asked what she would say to Paul Ryan if they were sitting together. Frankly, it was one of the most mature things a politician has said in quite some time:
“There is much that we agree on,” Palin said. “Thank the Lord, we all agree that Obamacare is devastating one-sixth of our economy. That’s what health care encompasses. Once the government took it over—it obviously is unaffordable, unsustainable and unwanted. So, from the get-go, thank the Lord we all have that in common, and we want to do away with Obamacare. I would ask Paul Ryan’s forgiveness if I come across sounding like I’m just whining and complaining about a problem without proposing a solution. Like Teddy Roosevelt said, that is the definition of whining.”
She earnestly tried to propose a solution of her own:
“So I want to propose solutions, and I want Paul Ryan to listen to the people who are suggesting that, okay, if government is going to be this involved in our healthcare system and choices, then allow the states to take this over. Get it out of big government’s hands. The most responsive level of government is that which is closest to the people. If you’re not going to allow individuals to have the freedoms and the autonomy and the choices provided in their health care, at least let it be a states’ rights issue. So that’s one.”
There’s only one problem with Sarah Palin’s idea: if healthcare coverage is controlled at the state level then that would mean states could choose to create arbitrary lines. This is the biggest issue that needs to be solved and one that neither RYAN CARE or Obama Care have done anything to change.