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The Republicans' Best Replacement for Obamacare is Obamacare.

Paul Ryan says that the replacement for Obamacare will be well thought out - much better than the current dog’s dinner. And as soon as they repeal the ACA they’re going to start working on it. Which raises the question: What have they been doing for the last seven years? However, ...

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The Self-Delusion of the Trump Voter

A sign in many Irish bars reads, "In God we trust, all others pay cash". It is a straightforward sentiment. One that many a tavern and other small business owners do well to follow. But in the larger realm, outside of petty commerce, people have to expand their circle of trust. Not with blind ...

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Jeff Sessions Plays Make-Believe.

Today, Jeff Sessions started his Senate confirmation for Attorney General. His pursuit of promotion is hindered by a long and dishonorable history of racism. In fact, he is in the unusual (unique?) position of taking a second crack at Senate confirmation, having failed the first time. So what's a man, with ...

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We ate low-fat and got fat. What was the cause?

Sugar: Another Corporate America Snow Job

Anyone who grew up, from the 1970s on, 'knows' that the biggest threat to cardiovascular and heart health - as well as the largest contributor to obesity - is fat. Specifically saturated fat. The problem is, they are wrong. The body needs fat. We may eat too much - but we must ...

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Republicans Have the Impulse Control of Drunk Teens.

In the 1770s, chaffing under the yoke of English oppression, the American revolutionaries stated their grievances and rose against an oppressive power. They took up arms, broke their shackles, and fought. And while they fought, the intellectuals and politicians hammered out a roadmap to a new nation. They had a plan. That, ...

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Paul Ryan says that the replacement for Obamacare will be well thought out – much better than the current dog’s dinner. And as soon as they repeal the ACA they’re going to start working on it. Which raises the question: What have they been doing for the last seven years?

However, there is good news for Republicans. They don’t have to look too far for a replacement. There are two. And best of all, they are Republican creations. Romneycare, which was a success in Massachusetts. And the Newt Gingrich-led Republican congressional plan rolled out in 1994.

At the time ‘Newtcare’ was the Republican ploy to keep health insurance as a market-based endeavor – countering ‘Hillarycare’, a government-based option.

So why not just roll out ‘Newtcare’? It’s a fair question. The answer is that the Republicans’ 1994 plan is essentially ‘Obamacare’. Which is what the Republicans are now trying to get rid of. You see, the Republicans have no ‘absolute’ values. If the GOP proposes a 10% tax cut – it is good. If the Democrats propose a 10% tax cut – it’s not enough.

Let me add another ingredient to the Republican healthcare stew.

It is accepted wisdom among conservatives that Americans hate Obamacare. Certainly, some do. A larger number don’t. And a third group is willing to see it repealed – but only if it is replaced. Replaced with a better plan – not an IOU or vague promises of something ‘terrific’.

Even among people who are ‘repeal no matter what’ there is great affection for many elements of Obama’s eponymous plan. No cap, no denial for pre-existing conditions, free contraception (name a better return on investment) and the like. But what Republicans won’t admit is that none of it works without the individual mandate.

‘Socialized’ medicine keeps costs down because everyone pays into the system. The young may not benefit immediately – but let them not complain, the old would willingly trade places with them – but in the long run, they will accrue the same benefits, that the ‘new’ young would be paying for. In a sense, the youth of today are investing in their future medical well-being.

Republicans do have another option – keep Obamacare, just call it something else. Perhaps the ACA. Many people like Obama’s plan a hell of a lot better when they don’t know it’s his plan.

The whole brouhaha illustrates this incisive understanding of the human condition: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” And for those who think that aphorism is a socialist sop, the author was the great saint of modern American conservatism, Ronald Reagan. Although, I suspect that, as conservatives do, he ‘borrowed’ the idea from another.

Politics is the art of blame and credit. People, who can check their ego are rarely in that arena.

Last in the healthcare discussion is the President-elect – he has promised wider, better coverage – at lower cost. But as his plan is mostly adjectives, it is impossible to rate it. Let’s revisit the compulsive liar’s effort when there is something on paper.

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The Self-Delusion of the Trump Voter

January 13, 2017

A sign in many Irish bars reads, “In God we trust, all others pay cash”. It is a straightforward sentiment. One that many a tavern and other small business owners do well to follow. But in the larger realm, outside of petty commerce, people have to expand their circle of trust. Not with blind faith, but with a healthy […]

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Jeff Sessions Plays Make-Believe.

January 10, 2017

Today, Jeff Sessions started his Senate confirmation for Attorney General. His pursuit of promotion is hindered by a long and dishonorable history of racism. In fact, he is in the unusual (unique?) position of taking a second crack at Senate confirmation, having failed the first time. So what’s a man, with a history of bigotry, […]

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Sugar: Another Corporate America Snow Job

January 9, 2017

Anyone who grew up, from the 1970s on, ‘knows’ that the biggest threat to cardiovascular and heart health – as well as the largest contributor to obesity – is fat. Specifically saturated fat. The problem is, they are wrong. The body needs fat. We may eat too much – but we must eat some. Sugar is different. […]

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Republicans Have the Impulse Control of Drunk Teens.

January 6, 2017

In the 1770s, chaffing under the yoke of English oppression, the American revolutionaries stated their grievances and rose against an oppressive power. They took up arms, broke their shackles, and fought. And while they fought, the intellectuals and politicians hammered out a roadmap to a new nation. They had a plan. That, my friends, is how […]

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Really? 1.5.17 – Marsha Blackburn: A Star Is Born. Lincoln weeps.

January 4, 2017

The new Michele Bachmann – Part 1. (What women don’t want) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) lacks the maniacal glint in her eyes that Michele Backmann so indefatigably displayed. However, she gives no ground to Bachman when it comes to crazy talk. Take women’s rights. Blackburn voted against the ‘2009 Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act’. She later […]

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Nationalism Isn’t Patriotism – But It Is Politically Useful.

January 3, 2017

Conservatives spanked President Obama for not wearing a flag pin. Which raises the question, what does a flag pin signify? The wearer believes it’s patriotism. It isn’t. The pin is no more than a biker patch – his ‘colors’ if you will. The pin wearer declares himself to be no more than a nationalist wearing […]

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Really? 1.1.17 The Gun Follies Continue – And People Still Die.

January 1, 2017

She’ll never see six. Fidel Rodriguez Canchola, 34, thought it would be fun to shoot a gun across his yard to celebrate the New Year. A 5-year-old girl walked through his field of fire – and was shot dead. This doesn’t happen in the rest of the civilized world. But then the rest of the civilized […]

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Really? 12.30.16 – Dispatches From the Edge of Trump’s Dystopia.

December 30, 2016

Trump’s inaugural address. Reports from the Trump campaign indicate that Donald Trump is writing his own inaugural address. In this, he his following in his wife, Melania’s, footsteps – in that she reportedly wrote her own speech for the Republican National Convention. Should this be true, expect to hear much of President Obama first inaugural address regurgitated.  The […]

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