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OP-ED: Why Lamar Alexander’s Dangerous Obamacare Sequel Must Go

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Moderate Republicans think they can make a deal with Democrats on healthcare. But this “deal” would only hurt Americans and further liberal plans to stage a government takeover of healthcare.

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander proposed the Lower Health Care Costs Act (LHCC) earlier this year to address a serious problem: surprise medical bills. Millions of insured Americans are hit with these unexpected costs every year when they are rushed to out-of-network hospitals in emergencies. President Trump himself has vowed to tackle this problem head on. LHCC aims to accomplish this goal, but it falls far short of achieving it. Instead, it creates new problems and injects more big government incompetence into our healthcare system.

Sen. Alexander’s solution to surprise medical costs is fixed pricing for all out-of-network medical care. That’s socialized medicine – in some respects, a step to the left of even Obamacare. That may sound good to people who want to emulate Venezuela, but it won’t be good for the American people.

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Patients and physicians would not benefit from this policy, but giant insurance companies would. The lobbying arm of the insurance industry, America’s Health Insurance Plans, backs LHCC just as enthusiastically as it backed Obamacare. The reason is obvious: the Alexander plan rewards insurance companies with more government largesse. The trouble is that this giveaway will cause Americans to lose even more doctors and hospitals than they did after Obamacare’s passage.

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By capping the cost of out-of-network medical service, insurance companies may make more money, but the country will have less care options. And it will get worse once these cronies abuse this very legislation that was ostensibly crafted with their interests in mind.

Insurers control their own networks. So, with prices set at median in-network rates, they will easily be able to cut costs for themselves even further by eliminating higher-priced doctors from their plans. There will be fewer care options for the average American and many people will experience a decline in their healthcare service.

For all these reasons and more, healthcare providers are not keen on the LHCC. The American Hospital Association opposes this government intervention into medical care.

“[We] are concerned about several of the proposals that would allow the government to intrude into private commercial contracts between providers and insurers,” AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels said of LHCC. “Specifically, banning so-called ‘all or nothing’ clauses could lead to even more narrow networks with fewer provider choices for patients, while adversely affecting access to care at rural and community hospitals.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a doctor himself, is one Republican who notices the big problem with LHCC. “If you fix the price that ER doctors work at, you will get a shortage… This is what happened to Chavez, it’s what happened to Maduro. I don’t think we’re becoming Venezuela soon, but this is part of what they do down there,” he told reporters in June.

LHCC is another misguided Republican attempt at bipartisanship. It won’t solve the problem it aims to fix, but it will make moderate Republicans feel like they did something. However, that something is worse than doing nothing. It involves helping Democrats bring socialized medicine to the United States.

Ordinary Americans want a healthcare system that lets them have the doctors of their choice and provides affordable care for their needs. Government bureaucrats will ensure that they have neither. Americans will end up a troubling forerunner to socialized medicine that still leaves them with surprise medical bills and painful costs. Bureaucrats, shockingly, can’t solve these problems.

Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, and the rest of GOP leadership should tell these Republicans to stop trying to please Democrats and come up with a real solution to our country’s healthcare problems. LHCC is not a real solution. The only people who will be happy with it are those who want a government takeover of healthcare and insurance companies.

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President Trump Must Consider Annihilating the GOP to Reverse Electoral Impropriety

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While vote fraud whistleblowers are putting their freedom and their reputations on the line to expose an unprecedented assault on American democracy, the GOP leadership class is getting ready to capitulate.

Republican leaders at the state level, who could reject the fraudulent official election results and choose pro-Trump electors under lawful authority granted to them under the 12th Amendment of the Constitution, are instead announcing declarations of fealty. Lawmakers in contested states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona have pledged total and complete compliance with the rigging of this election, announcing to their enemies publicly that they lack the backbone to overturn their historic vote steal.

“I don’t see us in any serious way addressing a change in electors,” said Rusty Bowers, Arizona’s Republican House speaker, announcing that he is effectively spitting in the faces of constituents begging him to use his constitutionally-valid powers to stop the steal. “They are mandated by statute to choose according to the vote of the people.”

“The Pennsylvania General Assembly does not have and will not have a hand in choosing the state’s presidential electors or in deciding the outcome of the presidential election,” leading Republican legislative leaders, state Sen. Jake Corman and Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, wrote before the election. They remain steadfast in their unwillingness to act even after Democrats have made a mockery of the electoral process in their state.

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Republican legislative leaders in Michigan have pledged total fealty even as terror campaigns are launched against Republican officials in Wayne County for lawmakers who refuse to certify a dubious vote. They also applauded the Michigan state board of canvassers for certifying earlier this week, after whistleblowers attested to the grotesque fraud that occurred in Detroit and throughout the state, calling the immense betrayal “America at work.”

“Speaker Chatfield’s position on this has been clear from the beginning — the candidate who receives the most votes will receive Michigan’s electoral votes,” said Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesman for Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield. Meanwhile, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is throwing cold water on investigations about inner-city vote-rigging, saying that “it is not the expectation that our analysis will result in any change in the outcome.”

Chatfield and Shirkey are at the mercy of a deranged state attorney general in Dana Nessel, who threatened the lawmakers with criminal prosecution for merely accepting a meeting with President Donald Trump. The lawmakers are in a position where they won’t just receive threats and hatred from mobs of deranged left-wing extremists empowered by monolithic Big Tech platforms. They will also potentially be criminally prosecuted, based on the conspiracy theories of a histrionic LGBT activist on a power trip, for performing their duties under the Constitution.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is already making deals to get his establishment cronies into the administration of his old chamber buddy, president-elect Joe Biden. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) pushed for the Biden team to begin receiving intelligence briefs, believing that it is good for the country to go along with the media’s charade. Trump eventually capitulated after a successful left-wing terror campaign against the GSA chief.

The president does have one final trump card that he can use to enforce compliance and prevent cowardly Republican leaders from submitting: the total annihilation of the GOP.

Republican establishment figures like House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) have the audacity to point to 2020 being a break-out election for Republicans with underprivileged groups as if the party is viable with or without Trump as its figurehead. They ignore that it was Trump’s unconventional approach – shattering the conventional wisdom of every pollster, consultant, and prognosticator in the business – that brought the minorities on board.

It was President Trump’s authenticity, his unabashed defense of American greatness, and projection of strength against a bankrupt political class that opened the GOP tent to groups typically dominated by Democrats. It wasn’t politically correct pandering, parading around a handful of corporate-funded tokens, or inclusive talking points that led to this sea change. As soon as the Trump era is shuttered, the GOP establishment will revert back to the recipe of failure faster than you can say: “2024 presidential nominee Nimrata Randhawa.”

President Trump must play hardball to defend his legacy, which is now inextricably tied with the fate of America. He must make it clear to Republican leaders that if this steal is not overturned, then the Republican Party goes down with him. The prospect of a viable independent “America First” political party led by Trump and bolstered by his loyalists in the GOP would make the likes of McCarthy and McConnell fall in line rather quickly. Republican leaders are feeling pressure from the other side, and now the Silent Majority must flex its muscle to keep them from faltering.

Millions of Trump supporters being whipped into a frenzy demanding that their Republican lawmakers show fealty to this new collective would effectively destroy the GOP. It may help the Democrats temporarily, but the short-term losses would be worth it to end Republican cowardice forever. The master maneuverer in the White House has the political capital to pull off such a gambit, and right now, he has nothing to lose. It’s time to bring the Republican establishment to heel, once and for all, by going nuclear on its leaders.

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