Sunday, April 2, 2017
The Tea Party and freedom caucus played a vital role in tempering government expansion in the Obama years and were the primary reason for the revival of the Republican Party.
The GOP establishment sees the Freedom Caucus as a band of useful idiots who help the power mongers of the GOP when in the minority, but need to be soundly scolded and sent packing when the GOP is in power.
I have to admit. I am extremely upset with the Freedom Caucus myself.
I am not upset that the Freedom Caucus stands for liberty. I am upset that they spent seven years posturing on freedom but failed to create a viable alternative to ObamaCare.
Because the members of the freedom caucus will not discuss health care, we are stuck with TrumpCare.
TrumpCare is nothing more than ObamaCare with fewer benefits. TrumpCare, ObamaCare and RomneyCare are all the same damn thing.
Americans have a bigger reason to be upset with Trump than with the Freedom Caucus. Trump campaign slogan was to "Repeal and Replace Obamacare." His plan turned out to be little more than the to rename and rebrand ObamaCare (with fewer benefits).
Trump's campaign of "Repeal and Replace" was a lie. I am extremely upset with the lie.
Americans need to discuss health care. The only possible way to come to create a decent health care system is to discuss health care.
Trumps lie that that he had a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare made it that much more difficult to find people to discuss health care reform.
It was obvious, to me at least, that there was no substance behind Trump's campaign slogan. If Trump had a viable plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, he would have presented the plan and not just the slogan.
But, none of the GOP candidates were presenting viable paths to free market reform.
We are eight years into a health care debate, and I haven't found anyone in the GOP, with the Exception of Ben Carson, who has even the slightest interest in discussing health care reform.
I love that members of the freedom caucus is standing up for freedom.
Unfortunately, the Freedom Caucus is in a losing fight. Because Conservatives systematically fail to discuss health care, we are guaranteed to lose our liberty.
Simply standing for liberty does nothing. Simply standing for something is nothing but empty posturing. For people to realize liberty, we need leaders who actively engage in debates and who seek to solve our nation's problems with liberty.
A free society is not simply a society in which the government does nothing. A free society is one where people are engaged, at multiple levels, to improve the society.
A free society is not won through obstruction alone. It is one in which people are actively engaged in improving their personal lives and their communities at large.
The Freedom Caucus has failed to date because they have been following the Conservative methodology of obstruction and reaction. By following the path, the Freedom Caucus uses obstructions as its primary tool of engagement, the Freedom Caucus has failed to create a viable alternative to ObamaCare.
I am angry that the Freedom Caucus failed to create an alternative to ObamaCare, but, as they are the best that we have at the moment, I can't share in the hatred that Trump and the media have directed at the Freedom Caucus.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Not that it's worth anything, but I was completely right in my predictions about the Trump Administration.
During the campaign, I kept saying that Trump did not have a plan to restore free market health care.
Sure enough. Donald Trump came out with a health care reform package that, at best, can be called "Obamacare Lite."
While Trump's plan reduces some of the benefits, some of the costs and some of the regulations of PPACA, the basic framework of TrumpCare is the same as ObamaCare (which is the same as RomneyCare).
To make matters even more depressing. The so called "Freedom Caucus" does not seem to have any substantive ideas on how to restore free market health care either.
The conservative movement has just proven itself to be as big a joke as the progressive movement.
I would be laughing, but the pathetic and disingenuous nature of the Conservative Movement is destroying our country.
Members of GOP are trying to cover the corrupt nature the conservative movement with claims that health care reform is hard.
They are wrong. If implemented correctly, free market health care reform could be delivered with minimal disruption in individual lives.
Free market reform might lead to the break up and dissolution of Fortune 500 insurance companies and it might reduce several billionaires to millionaire status, but it would not disrupt the lives of the people at large. It would actually improve the finances of most Americans.
The reason that Conservatives do not have a free market insurance plan in hand is because conservatives systematically refuse to discuss free market reform.
If there was a true discussion of free market health care; people would realized that employer based health care is an anti-market approach to health care. Employer based insurance is a revival of the feudal order. Your employer is the new feudal lord that controls your health and the person who controls your health controls your body.
A true and honest debate about free market health care would question the formulas used by the insurance industry. Such a debate would discover that these formulas do an inadequate job of providing care and have the negative side effect of concentrating wealth in a ruling elite.
True free market reform would not start with a discussion of regulations, but would start by creating new mechanisms for funding health care.
This silly thing I created called "The Medical Savings and Loan" was based on such a debate.
What I do in this program is break apart an insurance pool into individual accounts. The system funds care through a combination of savings, a loan reserve and generous grants. The system is administered by a new position called "The Health Care Advocate."
The system can be created organically from scratch, or it could be created by taking an existing pool.
If we created the MS&L from existing pool, we would see that the M&SL would have the same amount of resources as a health insurance pool. I can prove that the actual allocation of funds would be more equitable than an insurance company. Since people would start negotiating prices with health care providers, it is likely to dramatically drop the cost of care.
If I could find people willing to sit down for an evening and talk health care, I can prove that not only is free market health care reform possible. I can prove that the distribution of care would be more equitable.
Donald Trump is correct about one thing. All plans have winners and losers.
There is one group that would lose a substantial amount of money and influence.
The group that would be harmed by the Medical Savings and Loan is called "The Ruling Elite."
Progressives like to call this group "The One Percenters."
The insurance industry transfers trillions of dollars from the working and middle class to the ruling elite.
Creating an alternative to insurance would stopped this artificial transfer of wealth.
The wealthy and powerful people who control our nation would lose wealth. They would lose power. The leeches in our society who feed off the transfer of wealth from the people to the elite would lose as well.
It would be chaos in the Congressional Lobby as people who make their money by leeching off a corrupt health care system see their once lucrative pools of capital dry up.
Everyone else, of course, would benefit.
Personally, I don't care if billionaires see their position diminish. I care about the people, not the elite.
I have no problem supporting ideas that stop the artificial transfer of wealth from the people at large to the elite.
Unfortunately, the leaders of the Conservative movement care more about the elite than about the people. The very nature of the Conservative Movement is to favor the elite over the people.
The non-debate surrounding TrumpCare simply proves, once again, that the conservative movement is inherently corrupt. While conservatives are known to posture about free market reforms. They are unwilling to debate or even consider reforms that stop the transfer of wealth from the people to the elite.
So, while I deserve bragging rights and say "I Told You So." I actually feel extremely depressed because our nation is still on the Road to Serfdom. The election of the GOP simply changes the names of our feudal lords. It does not free the people.