The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus defended President Donald J.Trump’s efforts to complete his promise to repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also called Obamacare, in an Oct. 19 op-ed for Fox News.
“Remember: ObamaCare was sold on false promises that could never be kept. Recall what they told us in order to sell this bill: If you like your health care plan, you can keep it; if you like your doctors, you can keep them; premiums will go down – and for families they’ll go down by an average of $2,500; deductibles will go down; emergency room visits will go down,” he said.
“All of these assertions were false. Seventy-five percent of the ObamaCare-created state health care co-ops have gone out of business. Premiums have gone up drastically. Deductibles have risen,” he said.
“People lost their health care plans and couldn’t keep their doctors,” he said. “This law made health insurance costlier and it made the business of offering it riskier.”
Meadows and Norman also saluted the president’s Oct. 12 executive order that began the process for approving regulations that would allow organizations and associations to create health insurance plans and expanded Health Reimbursement Arrangements.
These HRA programs are employer-funded and a response to the Obama administration’s hostility to the Health Savings Accounts, which were employee-funded and directed like an Individual Retirement Account.
In the preamble to the executive order, Trump laid out out his own frustration with President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform legislation.
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, however, has severely limited the choice of healthcare options available to many Americans and has produced large premium increases in many State individual markets for health insurance,” the president said.
“The average exchange premium in the 39 States that are using www.healthcare.gov in 2017 is more than double the average overall individual market premium recorded in 2013,” he said.
“The PPACA has also largely failed to provide meaningful choice or competition between insurers, resulting in one-third of America’s counties having only one insurer offering coverage on their applicable government-run exchange in 2017,” Trump said.
Trump was joined at the EO signing ceremony by Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.), who has been working with Meadows from the beginning of this congressional session to fulfill the promise to change the country’s health care regime in order to lower premiums and deductions.
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Meadow said he dismissed the complaints from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D.-N.Y.), who both criticized the president’s executive order expanding health care rights.
“Let’s put the House and Senate minority leaders’ talking points aside and look at what’s really happened with this executive order,” said the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
Congress Uses Fake Russia-Taliban Report as Excuse to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
Another victory for the war party.
Democrats are seizing upon a fake news report alleging that Russia has funded Taliban mercenaries to kill U.S. soldiers in order to make it more difficult for troops to be pulled from Afghanistan, thus undermining President Trump’s foreign policy agenda.
The House Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to make it more difficult for Trump to pull troops out of Afghanistan. It would force several certifications to be met before Trump could bring troops home. Republicans in the committee joined the Democrats to undermine Trump with the approval of this National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the neoconservative who supports Bush-era globalism, said the measure “lays out, in a very responsible level of specificity, what is going to be required if we are going to in fact make decisions about troop levels based on conditions on the ground and based on what’s required for our own security, not based on political timelines.” It was approved by a 45-11 vote.
The amendment requires an assessment to determine whether or not “state actors have provided any incentives to the Taliban, their affiliates, or other foreign terrorist organizations for attacks against United States, coalition, or Afghan security forces or civilians in Afghanistan in the last two years, including the details of any attacks believed to have been connected with such incentives” before troops can be removed from the country.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) bragged about how the measure will make sure the U.S. does not leave the region and more American lives are put in jeopardy for a war effort that is largely recognized to be a lost cause.
“There’s been bipartisan criticism of what a weak deal [Trump] got with the Taliban, a deal that is already falling apart,” Moulton said. “Now we learned that he was making this deal at the same time as there were bounties on the heads of American troops, American sons and daughters. We clearly need more oversight over what the president is doing in Afghanistan.”
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is the most eloquent voice for an “America First” foreign policy in the House, opposed the measure because of its obvious implications against peace.
“A great nation does not force the next generation to fight their wars, and that’s what we’ve done in Afghanistan,” Gaetz said. “I think the best day to have not had the war in Afghanistan was when we started it, and the next best day is tomorrow.
“I don’t think there’s ever a bad day to end the war in Afghanistan,” he added. “Our generation is weary of this and tired of this.”
The defense industry is pushing the Russia bogeyman yet again, in order to create xenophobic outrage and a pretense to keep troops occupying in the region. The Pentagon has reported that Russia is trying to expedite the removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but they are painting this news as if it is a bad thing.
“As of February, the Russian government was working with the central government, regional countries, and the Taliban to gain increased influence in Afghanistan, expedite a U.S. military withdrawal, and address security challenges that might arise from a withdrawal,” a report from the Pentagon said.
“Russia has politically supported the Taliban to cultivate influence with the group, limit the Western military presence, and encourage counter ISIS operations, although Russia publicly denies their involvement,” they added.
The political establishment, including the military-industrial complex, is pulling out all the stops to sabotage President Trump and deprive him of achieving his goals before November’s election.
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