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Call White House on Obamacare


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Seven Senate Republicans; John McCain, Lamar Alexander, Rob Portman, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, Shelly Capito and Susan Collins voted not to repeal Obamacare.

They all said they would except for Collins. Collins, Murkowski and McCain also voted to keep the individual and employer mandates, so people will still be fined for not buying health insurance, small businesses will continue to limit the hours of their employees and Obamacare will still implode because it’s financially unsustainable.
There are about a dozen Republicans in the Senate and 40 or so Representatives who Democrats rely on to get what they want, which is to keep Obamacare until they can replace our health care plans with single payer and control one-fifth of our economy. No Democrat voted to repeal Obamacare, but five Democrats from Republican states; Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Angus King, Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly voted against single payer. Their colleagues voted present, and no Republican voted for it.
Democrats won’t bring Bernie Sanders Medicare-For-All plan up for a vote, and what happens to Obamacare may not be decided until 2018 when Democrats likely lose five or more Senate seats and angry Republicans’ primary liars up for re-election.

Fixing Obamacare is untenable because its high cost and loss of liberty isn’t worth it. It must be repealed. Capping malpractice awards, allowing groups of people like barbers form associations, letting us buy health insurance like we buy car insurance, and permitting insurers to offer low cost plans, are ideas that reduce premiums and make insurance more accessible. Repeal is a $700 billion tax cut that gooses the economy and liberty for people punished for refusing to buy a product they don’t want. Expensive issues; insuring people with pre-existing conditions, forming high-risk pools for the chronically ill and subsidizing people’s insurance should also be addressed.
Trump can end Congress’ exemption from Obamacare and stop payments of co-pays and deductibles for people insured through Medicaid. If you agree, call the White House at 202-456-1111. The president wants to end Senate rules that let the minority (Democrats), even without the help of their Republican allies, thwart legislation. After Obamacare’s repeal, its replacement, if any, can only be decided if it’s done in phases, first tort and free market reforms, then entitlements.
Respectfully your knuckle-dragging, Bible-banging, flag-waving neighbor.
Ralph Rivera