Will Congress “Milk” the Middle Class?

September 13, 2017

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Republicans want to “stabilize” the Affordable Care Act. That means they want to save it. The entire trajectory is away from repeal and toward a “fix.”
 

There’s just one problem. There’s no such thing as a “fix” for the ACA. Not in America. Not under the U.S. Constitution. Accepting the ACA is accepting the unconstitutional federal takeover of doctor’s decisions and patient lives. Look no farther than the death of Charlie Gard in England or the eugenic disposal of Down syndrome children in Iceland (my op-ed).

Like Medicare and Medicaid, the ACA is unconstitutional, infringing on freedom. In 1854, President Franklin Pierce vetoed a bill to help the mentally ill saying, “I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity.” He said the spending “would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” Does President Trump know this? Indeed, federal control of doctors through Medicare shows how subversive federal programs can be to freedom.

Hold on to your pocketbook. A federal fleecing of the middle class is in the works.

In 2010, health plans made a deal with President Obama and the Democrats. The plans would cover all Americans if everyone was forced to buy their product (individual mandate), their competition was demolished (catastrophic indemnity insurance prohibited) and their costs were covered through wage and premium redistribution schemes (run through the exchanges). The Democrats saw a path to single-payer and passed the ACA. And this, according to The Motley Fool, is the result:

 

 

The health plans, now holding monopoly power, threaten to leave the exchanges, where individuals who buy their own coverage have been forced to go if they want premium subsidies. They want Republicans to keep Obama’s lucrative arrangement fully funded through various taxpayer-funded ACA redistribution systems: CSR bailout subsidy payments, premium subsidy payments, risk adjustment payments, reinsurance payments and the individual mandate.

ACA redistribution systems are cash cows. Health plans and states want Congress and President Trump to “milk” the middle class of its hard-earned dollars.

The U.S. Senate plans to implement the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies that Obama paid to health plans for years without congressional authority. A judge ruled Obama’s payments unconstitutional. President Trump continues these bailout subsidies. A bipartisan group of state governors supports Trump’s violation, writing: “The Trump administration should commit to making cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments.” The cost is expected to be $7 billion in 2017; $10 billion in 2018. Not one dime has yet been authorized by Congress.

Was the Republican promise to “repeal Obamacare” a mere ruse for re-election? Even so, repeal is still possible. Before the 51-vote budget reconciliation option runs out on September 30th, ask for these five things:

 

·      CONGRESS: Vote to repeal every word, mandate and regulation of the ACA.

·      CONGRESS: Pass a simple bill to repeal just the individual mandate. Who could vote NO?

·      CONGRESS: Refuse to fund CSR (bailout) subsidies.

·      TRUMP: Stop unconstitutional CSR payments immediately.

·      TRUMP: Stop taxpayer-funded “special contributions” to Congress and staff (up to $12,000) that cover                  Obamacare premiums.

Hold their feet to the fire!

Yours in freedom,

Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder