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Healthcare Debacle Shows GOP Needs RINOplasty

Healthcare Debacle Shows GOP Needs RINOplasty
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan departs after delivering remarks and taking questions at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol after the American Health Care Act bill was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives March 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By Monday, 27 March 2017 11:23 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Trump, having failed to close the deal to replace Obamacare, has set his sights on tax reform, which he considers an easier issue to tackle.

He’s hallucinating.

Obamacare is a tax. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, in 2012, ruled as such in “National Federation of Independent Business et al v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al.”

“The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Roberts wrote for the majority.

Amazingly, hours after declaring his intention to move on from healthcare, the president opined that Obamacare is still fixable, with bipartisan support from Democrats — the same folks who forced the cancerous law on America, in 2010, with nary a Republican vote.

Why, then, can’t the Republicans eradicate Obamacare without the Democrats? After all, they own the House, Senate, and White House.

Simple: Republicans are bipartisan. Some, including the Freedom Caucus, want to shrink government and cut taxes. RINOs (Republicans in name only), like Democrats, want to expand government and increase taxes.

Instead of obliterating Obamacare, the malignant tax, the divided House Republicans, led poorly by Speaker Paul Ryan, advanced a three-phase, big-government replacement: the American Health Care Act, or AHCA.

Bringing the Democrats aboard, therefore, would compound the problem. It would generate a tripartisan mess, not a solution, thereby breaking Mr. Trump’s campaign promise and worsening American healthcare.

The only way to cure any cancer is to completely eradicate it, not create a substandard workaround, lest it spread to kill its host body.

The AHCA was a substandard workaround.

One of the biggest excuses for forging ahead with the AHCA, despite its defects: Too many insurance companies have pulled out; what else could we do?

For starters, repeal the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, which prohibits carriers from selling health-insurance policies across state lines.

Then, lure the carriers back.

Recall the corporations whose CEOs have promised to keep or add jobs in America, based on President Trump’s gravitas and outreach: Carrier, GM, Ford, Softbank, Amazon, IBM, Walmart, and Lockheed Martin.

Why didn’t Mr. Trump do likewise with the insurance carriers, in exchange for promising to excise Obamacare, in concert with Republican legislators?

Good question. He would have succeeded. But, he relied too heavily and blindly on Paul Ryan, who couldn’t walk his talk. Mistake.

Had Trump been proactive, he could have overcome the resistance of RINOs like Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, who complained that the AHCA would leave too many of her constituents without insurance and deprive the poor and elderly of funds for their healthcare.

Only marketplace-oriented healthcare, with interstate competition and freedom of choice, can decrease prices and increase value. Government can’t do this.

If President Trump tries to cut income taxes with the same strategy, tactics, and crew he employed to cut the Obamacare tax, he’ll fail again.

What is the core problem?

Democrats are organized. They row in the same direction — albeit toward Venezuela, the imploding socialist nation, where people fight in the streets for food — but, they are in-sync!

The GOP is schizophrenic about what it means to be a Republican.

Only the minority of Republicans, conservatives, are small-r republicans, who honor the Constitution, small government, individual liberty, property rights, and fiscal responsibility.

RINOs, who crave approval from liberals, loathe conservatives. They use their party as camouflage and talk a good game. In reality, they’re statist profligates.

Mitch McConnell, senate majority leader and prototypical RINO, pledged during his 2014 reelection campaign to repeal Obamacare, “root and branch.” After winning, he demurred, claiming cowardly that it would be impossible without a Republican president.

Democrats are never ashamed to be spendthrifts, social-justice warriors, and open-border advocates. But, RINOs are awkward, apologetic fiscal warriors and constitutional guardians.

What can small-government voters do?

The GOP needs RINOplasty, the surgical removal of ersatz Republicans. This is the only way the party can give voters the small government they demand.

But, GOP apparatchiks won’t perform this surgery. Voters must do it.

Where to begin?

Before operating, surgeons must know where and what to cut.

ConservativeReview.com provides a “liberty score” (100 is perfect) of every federal legislator in America. Here are the scores of Republican lawmakers mentioned above: Paul Ryan, WI (51); Mitch McConnell, KY (40); and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL (24).

Don your scrubs.

Marc Rudov is a branding advisor to CEOs, speaker, media commentator, and author of "Brand Is Destiny: The Ultimate Bottom Line" and "Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO’s Guide to Branding." Find him at MarcRudov.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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President Trump, having failed to close the deal to replace Obamacare, has set his sights on tax reform, which he considers an easier issue to tackle. He’s hallucinating.
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