Today the All-Star Panel covered a wide range of topics: failed Obama-care, John McCain, Jeff Sessions, and the President’s speech to the boy scouts just to name a few. The panel was divided on a couple of the topics today which doesn’t happen often. Listen in to hear what topics they were not all in agreement on. To join the All-Star Political Panel come up to Sycamore Crossing every Friday morning at 8:45 am.
From Wichita, Kansas to Roswell, Georgia – If Democrats have any hopes of recapturing The House of Representatives in 2018 they will need to reconnect with rural America. James Thompson turned out to be the picture perfect Democrat candidate. Thompson opposed Kansas State Treasurer, (R) Ron Estes, for the Kansas 4th Congressional district. This was a special election to replace Mike Pompeo, who is now the CIA Director. Democrats are trying to figure out how to reconnect with voters in the heartland.
Kansas is a very red state, so red that Donald Trump won by 27 percent and Pompeo won reelection to the seat with a 30 percent margin. Questions surround why a Democrat was able to get 48 percent of the vote. Estes won the seat with 53 percent of the vote.
During Thompson’s campaign it was somewhat difficult to recognise he was running as a Democrat. There was noticeable distance between him and the party. Also, what should not go unnoticed is that his campaign highlighted pro-second amendment, veterans, families, government waist, along with most of issues important to middle America. This kind of campaign could easily confuse voters that do not pay attention to part lines. But when it’s over, Thompson is a Democrat. If he had won he would definitely have followed the direction of Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.
#BKP questions whether the voters in Witchita Kansas did not see Estes as a strong candidate, have already turned against President Donald Trump, or are they holding the Republicans in The House of Representative responsible for not repealing and replacing Obama Care. Democrats will continue to take the temperature of the country as they move towards the 6th district of Georgia, where (D) Jon Ossoff has the lead among 18 candidates. Ossoff’s campaign has approximately 8 million dollars to spend, thanks in large part to the DCCC, MoveOn.org, and liberal publications like the Daily Kos.
Lets to the comparable; A district in Kansas that Trump won by 27 percent, the Republican could only win 53 percent to the Democrat 48 percent. Now fast forward to the 6th district in Georgia, that Trump only carried by 1.5 percent and the Democrat has 10 times more campaign cash to spend than Thompson had in Kansas. If the Democrats win on April 18th it will set the tone for the 2018 elections. If Republicans win it will be just another tax day.
Obamacare, The Gift That Keeps On Giving!
The current state of our medical care after the passage of Obamacare, is a total disaster. We all know why. It was a socialist wealth transfer scheme that demanded everybody buy insurance, including options not needed or wanted. It was designed so those without any form of insurance could get their healthcare provided by the government, practically free. It was an expansion of medicaid, with medicare thrown in. It was a start, they thought.
The idea was that Medicaid, the existing plans for the poor, and the “Part B” Medicare supplement for those who had insurance, while sounding good, was a Br’er Rabbit tar baby trap. Both plans had limited eligibility but the socialists, the Democrats, cunningly raised the eligibility levels bringing more and more folks under the governments health care umbrella creating yet another layer of dependency so voters would, hopefully, resist any attempts to change it. That’s exactly where we are at right now. Republicans are stuck. Oh, what to do?
Today, the political fortunes of the Democrat party are tanking and the Republicans, stuck in the socialized medicine tar baby left for them, are trying to figure out how to reduce costs while maintain Obamacare’s unaffordable eligibilities. Nothing is free! To reduce costs, the first order of business is to dramatically reduce the eligibility requirements back to pre-Obamacare levels.
In other words, repeal Obamacare, then get on with necessary changes. Just do it! The two major problems of government tax subsidized employer-owned medical insurance are portability and the pre-existing conditions issues. The insurance companies will do anything so long as they can make a profit, even if it’s from government, and politicians who, through health industry lobbyists gladly take insurance companies donations, will help them to maintain the status quo. It’s called maintaining the swamp! The Obamacare scheme served only to provide a small number of really poor people, homeless, addicts and immigrants, some form of insurance, through Medicaid, at costs few Doctors are willing to take while making insurance totally unaffordable to the majority who once did have it. Politicians cannot run anything.
The Republican are now in charge yet their solution seems to be trying only to “tweak” Obamacare simply to maintain that status quo, not reforming it, or eliminating it like they promised and the conservative base wants.
Republicans have legislated HSAs, but have not made HSA’s the centerpiece of their reform efforts. Why is that? Probably because they didn’t expect Trump to win the presidency and push them to repeal Obamacare as they promised, leaving the corrupted GOP politicians to continue their obfuscation (lie to us) in order to keep their power. They are in danger of losing it all.
The Democrats, on the other hand, seem to be fixated only on obstructing the Republicans. They continue to advocate for a single payer system, as Bernie Sanders demands, and Chuckie Schumer soon will, when no solution comes out of the Republican Senate. That means the Federal Government as Single-Payer of course, exactly what the socialists want.
Ryan and McConnell are losing ground here because they continue to push for employer-based plans, now out of date, rather than individually owned HSAs. Individuality is anathema to their power and control. It’s a sickness. That’s one reason five GOP Senators are hedging their bets on this bill. Five GOP Senators want the GOP to keep its promise to repeal Obamacare. Any vote that does not do that will doom the GOP bill and dangerously, the GOP’s majority in Congress. The GOP will lose their conservative base; the GOP will be gone forever.
Should individually owned HSAs actually become the dominant form of private health care, (fat chance of that) there is a probability tax subsidies could be phased out leading to true, affordable free-market health care while dropping costs as well. These efforts would even facilitate affordable care for the poor and the elderly and, of course, the little children. Mustn’t forget them.
The current state of our health care is disastrous and it appears that all the posturing and promises made by Republicans to repeal Obamacare, was nothing more than an exercise in blowing soap bubbles. At the moment, the Democrat Party lies prostrate before us, but don’t count on the Republican party to kill ‘em off. It ain’t happening.
What is sorely needed is to continue the restructuring of the what’s left of the GOP, by working at the grass roots level to kick out the RiNO’s who can’t make a decision to shove in the knife into the Socialist ribs starting with Obamacare.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!
#BKP’s interview with Atlanta TEA Party Patriots President, Debbie Dooley. After the Freedom Caucus blocked the American Health Care Act from passing, we question where that leaves the TEA Party. The chairman #MarkMeadows, #JodyHice, and #JimJordan are among 30 members that the TEA Party endorsed and supported during their campaign for office. After the bill was pulled from the floor; Freedom Caucus representative #TedPoe resigned saying “No is easy, leading is hard but that is what we’re elected to do.” Now the TEA Party has a decision to make, support Freedom Caucus members or the President of the United States. What will the TEA Party do when a member of Congress which they supported has someone running against them in the primary?
Does the thought of Nancy Pelosi once again being Speaker of the House terrify you? After the failed attempt to repeal and replace Obama Care the American people put health care squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans. Republicans will need to pass health care, tax reform and fund the construction of a wall on our southern border. April 18th we will find out how much trouble the Republicans may be in with voters. That’s election day in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia. Democrats need 24 seats to take over The House. If their candidate, Jon Ossoff, wins that may put in motion what Democrats hope to be 23 more seats in 2018.
There are 435 seats in The House of Representatives. See the statistics of past years below:
– 2004 –
- Republicans: 232
- Democrats: 202
A difference of 30 seats.
- Democrats: 233
- Republicans: 202
The Democrats won 31 seats and took control.
President Obama was elected.
- Democrats: 257
- Republicans: 178
The Democrats won another 21 seats.
Republicans take back control.
- Republicans: 242
- Democrats: 193
The Republicans increased 63 seats. This was the largest single shift in an election cycle.
- Republicans: 234
- Democrats: 201
The Republicans lost 8 seats.
- Republicans: 247
- Democrats: 188
The Republicans gained 13 seats.
- Republicans: 241
- Democrats: 194
The Republicans lost 6 seats.
24 seats is what the Democrats need to take back over control.
Who will hold The House of Representatives in 2018?
GA 9th District Congressman, Doug Collins, was the floor leader Friday for the American Health Care Act Debate. We asked Congressman Collins if the Health Care Bill was dead? Could they overcome Republican gridlock in the House to take on President Donald Trump’s Tax Reform Policy? You will be shocked to hear the Congressman’s answer! Collins goes on to talk about how this bill would have defunded planned parenthood. You will hear the Congressman’s frustration that that did not happen.
6th Congressional District of Georgia Special Election to replace new HHS Secretary Tom Price. Interview with candidate (D) Dr. Rebecca Quigg
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After the American Health Care Act failed in The House, President Donald Trump took to twitter to go after the Freedom Caucus. The major media outlets may be making more out of the friction between the Freedom Caucus and President Trump than actually exists. Senator Rand Paul which originally called the American Healthcare Act Obama Care lite, played a round of golf with President Trump Sunday. Afterwards, Paul tweeted out “I had a great time today with @realDonaldTrump and believe we are getting closer to an agreement on health care!” Director of The Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, a former Freedom Caucus member joined The President and Paul on their golfing outing. So, questions surround whether Paul has a message to take back to the Freedom Caucus and if President Trump will still be able to work out a health care bill without the help of Democrats.