INFORMATION WE NEED FOR THE DEBATE ON REPEALING AND REPLACING OBAMACARE

Click on the link below, and you will get a pop out showing a video of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) presentation on the Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?425131-1/speaker-ryan-explains-gop-health-care-plan-amid-growing-opposition&popoutPlayer

Here is link to the location where CSPAN posted the video.

My congressman, Representative Rob Wittman (VA-01), is looking for inputs from his constituents.

Friends –

This week House Republican leaders unveiled the American Health Care Act, legislation that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.

In my view, the ACA has fallen well short of its own stated goals to expand choices, increase access to care, and reduce costs. That is why I voted to repeal all or parts of it numerous times. All across the country insurance providers are leaving the ACA-created exchanges, resulting in less choice and higher costs. In Virginia, premium rates may increase as much as 16 percent, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

It is clear that we can do better. And we can do better by putting the patient and health care provider – not the government – at the center of our health care system.

You can read the full text of the American Health Care Act here.

So where do we go from here?

Next, the committees with jurisdiction over health care issues – mainly Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce – will begin “marking up” or amending the legislation. This process is already underway.

Eventually a bill or bills will come to the House floor for a vote. But before we get to that point, I will be evaluating this legislation in the days ahead to determine if it will be good for Virginians. I will apply to the bill my five principles for replacing the Affordable Care Act to determine if it will win my support. I’ve listed them below.

1) All Virginians should be able to purchase health insurance coverage.

2) Choice and access must be prioritized and maintained.

3) We need to get serious about reducing health care costs.

4) Medicare and Medicaid must be protected and preserved.

5) We need to create a system that empowers individuals and the private sector, not one that grows government.

My initial thoughts are that while this bill contains some provisions I support, I do have deep concerns about the lack of details on how many people will be covered under this legislation and what the overall costs will be.

One thing that is very important to me is that I continue to hear from you about the ACA repeal and replace plan. You can send your thoughts to me by emailing ACAIdeas.VA01@mail.house.gov

This is a topic I expect to address in upcoming telephone town hall meetings, and so if you would like to receive a call to join the next one, click here. I also hope you’ll take a moment to sign up for my weekly email updates, which will contain news on this and other topics highlighting my work on your behalf.

I look forward to hearing from you, and it’s an honor to serve you and Virginia’s First District in the People’s House.

Sincerely,

Rob

Meanwhile, Reclaim Our Republic observes that members of the House Freedom Caucus are rallying around Senator Paul Ryan’s plan.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus stood with Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) Tuesday to denounce the Obamacare replacement bill supported by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) and to announce the filing of Paul’s own bill, which is sponsored in the House by Rep. Jim Jordan (R.-Ohio). (continued here)

Where do I stand on the matter? The problem is that Obamacare has damaged the insurance markets.  So I am not exactly certain what would happen with a straight up repeal. My guess is that where there is only one insurer prices would climb (as they already have), but eliminating Obamacare would encourage competition. So things would soon get back to where they were before the Obamacare mess. So I would like to see Obamacare repealed.

Frankly, however, I don’t understand the reconciliation process.  Speaker Ryan makes the point that he cannot put everything wants in the bill because of the reconciliation process (which allows the bill to pass with a simple majority in the Senate). Nevertheless, Ryan never says what could be done with reconciliation. So I wonder if a clean repeal is possible. It is something I will have to look into.

What about the folks with preexisting conditions and over aged children who want to stay on their parents healthcare and other such things that Obamacare was supposed to fix? I am sort of puzzled as to why people think government is suppose to fix problems like that. If you don’t understand why, then I would like you to explain why the national debt is growing like mad. In addition, I would to hear you explain why it is moral for some people to vote to make other people pay their personal bills.

MAKING VOTER FRAUD ABSURDLY EASY

It is a fact of life. If we don’t want people to do something, we make it difficult for them to do it. That why, because we don’t want strangers entering our homes, we put locks on the doors. Some people, however, strive to be willfully ignorant. Burglars, for example.

So it is I read this editorial with disgust.

How people feel about voter fraud often breaks down along partisan lines. Most conservatives feel that it’s a serious problem, while liberals tend to scoff. They either claim that it doesn’t happen, or that it doesn’t happen enough to make a real difference.

Tell that to William Gardner. New Hampshire’s secretary of state is a Democrat who wants to rid the Granite State of what he calls “drive-by voting” — a type of fraud in which people from out of state come for a short period to vote on Election Day. (continued here)

Google “new hampshire” “drive by voting” and you will find plenty of articles on the subject. Some people will say we need to get rid of the problem. Others will say there is no evidence of a problem. I would just like the latter folks to get rid of all the security systems (locks, peep holes, home and car security alarms, and so forth) that they use to protect their stuff. Think of all the trouble they would avoid pretending there is no evidence they need such things.

King Solomon, “I’m Just a Girl”

Here is a good post!

I suppose some will consider Rudy u Martinka’s post a putdown on technology, but that is to misunderstand technology. To read the Bible — to give it priority in our lives — we don’t have to give up technology or our cell phones. Properly applied, technology has in fact made the Bible far more accessible. Some people, for example, access the Bible using their cell phones.

We forget that over 500 hundred years ago Johann Gutenberg (credited as the inventor of the printing press) became the first man to print a book using interchangeable metal types (=> https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/bibles/the-gutenberg-bible.html). That first book was the Bible.

Why do so few take the time to read the Bible? It is a matter of attitude. 500 hundred years ago only a few people could read. Only a few people had access to books. Most people, because they did not have access to books, understood that those who could read the Bible had a special source of wisdom. Therefore, when the printing press made it available, almost everyone craved the opportunity to read the Bible and become wise.

In our era, the printed word is abundant. So are numerous distractions, the cell phone being a big one. So we look for “experts” to summarize the meaning of this, that, and everything else. Many of these experts have told us the Bible is a book of mythology.

Yet that raises a question. How much can we trust “experts” to filter our view of the world?

Should we trust “experts” to summarize the Bible for us? Is the Bible the Word of God or merely mythology? Is it credible to believe the Bible is the Word of God, that Jesus lived, died for our sins, and rose from the dead?

Christians say the Bible is about Jesus. History records the beliefs Jesus taught us overthrew those of the Roman Empire. In fact, through His Bible, what Jesus taught us is still slowly sweeping across the world. Because Jesus was the most significant person in history — God made man for the sake of our salvation — none of us can trust someone else to read the Bible for us. Reading the Bible is something each of us must do for our self.

There are some things we cannot trust to experts. What is the meaning of life? Why do you exist? Read the Bible, and you will discover the answer for yourself.

Rudy u Martinka

Is this comment an indication of a girl’s attitude of unfairness in life of yin or yang,  or perhaps a clue to her state of  spirituality?

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the collision of patriotism and xenophobia

Since this has been the topic on my blog here of late, and Julie (aka Cookie) puts the case so well…..

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“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith
becomes an American and assimilates himself to us,
he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else,
for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed,
or birthplace, or origin.
But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American,
and nothing but an American…
There can be no divided allegiance here.
Any man who says he is an American, but something else also,
isn’t an American at all.
We have room for but one flag, the American flag…
We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…
and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

Theodore Roosevelt

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( part of the health screening for those passing through…

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