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Disgrace: Almost 100 Veterans Died Waiting For Health Care At Los Angeles VA Hospital

Townhall.com - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:00
Worse than Phoenix, the epicenter for the entire VA scandal
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Trump supporter buys billboard bashing ABC News for Russia coverage

The Blaze - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:56

A vocal supporter of President Donald Trump and a longtime member of ABC News’ audience purchased a billboard in Texas to deliver a message to the influential television network: “We are through.”

The billboard was purchased in June by Texas businessman Kyle Courtney, who says ABC News’ biased coverage of the alleged connection between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government has driven him away from the network forever.

“ABC News: I grew up with you. We are through. The Russians didn’t elect Donald Trump. I did,” the billboard reads, according to MySanAntonio.com.

‘We Are Through’: Trump Supporter Blasts ABC News With Billboard Message https://t.co/e6bCP7D6Dt

— FoxNewsInsider (@FoxNewsInsider) June 24, 2017

Courtney appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” on Saturday to discuss his decision to buy the billboard, which he says was motivated by the “misinformation” actively promoted by ABC News.

“Why did you want to put that billboard up?” asked “Fox & Friends” co-host Abby Huntsman.

“I just watched too much misinformation, and I’ve been around awhile and I think I know the truth when I see it, and I think I know when someone is trying to pull the wool over my eyes,” Courtney said.

Courtney also told “Fox & Friends” he believes the American news media has lost touch with everyday people.

“I don’t know where [the mainstream media] get their information,” Courtney said. “It’s as if they never leave New York City. But there’s a lot of America out here. There are a lot of people who we don’t feel like they represent us.”

While cable-news ratings have soared in the Trump era compared to one year ago, evening news broadcasts, including ABC News, have slumped. According to Nielsen, the evening news telecasts for ABC, CBS and NBC dropped by 4 percent in the season that ended in May compared to last year.

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Antifa thugs’ protesting hits new, horrible level: read police chief’s account of ‘feces’ mayhem

The Blaze - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:35

Portland, Oregon Police Chief Michael Marshman revealed on Friday that riot cops forced Antifa protesters out of local parks during a Jun. 4 protest after the anti-facist group began launching balloons filled with feces, urine and chemicals at law enforcement.

In an open letter to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Marshman also noted that protesters “may have been using ‘gopher gassers,'” which are “small rodent poison gas devices.”

After The American Civil Liberties Union called the response to the Antifa group “excessive,” Mayor Wheeler demanded reasons from the Portland Police Department as to why they responded to rioters tactics in the way that they did.

The ACLU took issue with the way that protesters were “corralled” and photographed as a result of their demonstration.

About the law enforcement’s response to the protesters, ACLU Legal Director Mat dos Santos said:

“We are troubled by the continued crackdown on protest by Portland Police and cooperating agencies, but the kettling of individuals and refusal to let clearly innocent people free until they had been documented was another low for our city.”

In response to the ACLU’s claims that law enforcement used excessive force against Antifa protesters, as well as the call from Mayor Wheeler to provide documentation to support their use of force, Marshman responded with a six-page open letter, which detailed the biologically oriented attacks on officers.

“The decision to move the group located in Chapman Square was made after PPB had repeatedly observed objects being thrown and shot from slingshot type devices from Chapman Square into Terry Shrunk Plaza,” Marshman wrote. “These objects included urine and feces filled balloons, balloons with unknown chemicals, marbles, bricks and rocks.”

He added, “Given this, the assembly was declared an unlawful assembly and the park closed for public safety.”

Reporters from Willamette Week also noted that they witnessed rioters were throwing “red-stained” tampons at law enforcement officials during the “peaceful” protest.

Explaining why protesters were “corralled,” Marshman claimed that his task force was simply attempting to cut down on the potential of violent attacks between alt-left and alt-right groups who had gathered to face off.

As for why Marshman and his team photographed the protesters, the police chief simply chalked the decision up to speeding up the process of identification, rather than having to interview each offender individually, noting names and addresses.

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Watch: Krauthammer destroys Dem narrative that accuses Trump of ‘witness intimidation’ against Comey

The Blaze - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:15

After President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last month and subsequently boasted about “Comey tapes” on Twitter, some Democrats accused the president of “witness intimidation.”

They said that Trump was publicly attempting to quell any possibility of Comey testifying against him by alleging that he had tapes of conversations between the two. Trump’s implication was that he had something damaging on Comey and would release it if he needed.

But Trump put those rumors to bed on Thursday when he tweeted from his personal Twitter account that there are no “Comey tapes.”

“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” Trump tweeted.

Still, Democrats continued their “witness intimidation” claims.

The ethics lawyer for former President Barack Obama’s White House, Norm Eisen, said on Thursday that Trump’s public admission that he doesn’t possess any Comey recordings amounts to witness intimidation.

“This lie increases Trump’s legal exposure for obstruction and witness intimidation–more evidence of corrupt intent,” Eisen wrote on Twitter.

This lie increases Trump's legal exposure for obstruction and witness intimidation–more evidence of corrupt intent @Susan_Hennessey https://t.co/qBx7e58XEl

— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) June 22, 2017

But political commentator Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News Friday that accusations from Democrats that Trump is trying to “intimidate” Comey is absolute “rubbish.”

“The idea that this is intimidation of a witness is pure rubbish,” Krauthammer said, before giving an example of what is witness intimidation and what isn’t.

Krauthammer explained the witness intimidation accusations are just another ploy by Democrats and Trump’s opponents to try and bring him down and defeat him in the court of public opinion, despite the fact that none of the accusations have solid ground to stand on.

“We’re now at the tertiary level of accusations,” he said. “You can’t get anywhere on collusion. We have yet, in almost a year, to have any evidence of collusion. So they’re on to obstruction. Obstruction is really kind of shaky. There isn’t really that much there. So now you want to go on to intimidation of a witness.”

“They’re getting a bit desperate,” Krauthammer added.

Krauthammer went on to predict that Democrats’ accusations will go on for months or possibly even years.

“But it’s getting more and more absurd — it’s tail chasing,” Krauthammer explained. “If the Democrats want to spend the next year, year-and-a-half in a rabbit hole, be our guest.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

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And here’s MSNBC’s Morning Joe throwing the wet blanket on Democratic 2018 hopes

HotAir - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:01

Even if Democrat Jon Ossoff was able to win the Georgia special election over Republican Karen Handel, it wouldn’t have really been a win. A shot of enthusiasm to the Democratic party, yes—but it’s not a win that the so-called Resistance will be able to duplicate across the country. Certainly it won’t be enough to retake the House. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, the panel, which included The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, The New York Times’ Nick Confessore, and former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, all acknowledged the obstacles facing the Democratic Party of the 2018 midterms, while throwing cold water on the notion that an Ossoff win would really mean anything. It’s a battle that would’ve been won, but it won’t win the war.

Confessore noted that the really winning message for Democrats in areas that they need to win in order to retake the House is a ‘getting things done’ message, not one that read ‘suck it, Trump.’ After the Peach State beat down, Democrats will still need to find a trove of solid candidates and they don’t have them.

 

“There’s all this money flowing into these races, but they still can’t find the best candidates for a lot of these districts. If they can’t recruit the best candidates, they can’t retake the House,” said Confessore.

Co-host Scarborough made a good point about what Barack Obama said during his political career about red districts. He might not have won them, but he went into these areas, talked to its residents, and lost them by, in Scarborough’s words, 25 points instead of 50. That 25-point difference between total destruction and just a really bloody beating in deep red America, coupled with areas that Obama was heavily favored to win—the cities—is enough to a) win an election; and b) prevent the GOP from doing what they did to Clinton in 2016: run up the score with working class Americans. He also said that if there was a business-minded Democrat who spoke about infrastructure, spoke about tax cuts for small businesses, knows the people from being active in the community, like being part of a church or a chamber of commerce chapter, and eschews the narrative peddled by D.C. Democrats—the party could be in much better shape. The Democratic National Committee isn’t taking that line though; they’d rather use strong language while bashing Trump.

Yet, Earnest said that they’re trying, while noting that an Ossoff win would’ve boosted Democratic recruitments efforts.

Rays of hope, right? Enter Mr. Costa with the cold water, while once again; noting the importance of state and local races that Democrats don’t seem to really understand is the key to rebuilding a political talent pool.

Here’s the challenge for Democrats and Ossoff is so revealing of the challenge. In 2010 Democrats were wiped out not only of the U.S. House, but of state legislatures across the country. And that Democratic farm team that, seven years on, could have been there to have these candidates who are state reps and state senators, it’s not there. It was depleted in 2010. That’s why they don’t really have the lawmakers in states to turn to at a potential wave election like this.”

Costa did note that Democratic recruitment of veterans helped them retake the House in 2006; Scarborough was really laying his admiration of Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) pretty thick. Moulton is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Still, it shows that this was merely a battle. The war has yet to be won and Democrats don’t have a full arsenal for an offensive yet.

On Monday, former White House Chief of Staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that there are 1,000 fewer Democrats in office than in 2008-09. And it seems it will remain that way.

 

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Left-wing Canadian PM Justin Trudeau heaps praise on Trump

The Blaze - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:55

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised President Donald Trump on Thursday, telling an audience Trump listens to opposing views and carefully examines “the ensemble of facts” before making decisions.

At an event in Toronto organized by the New York Times and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Trudeau suggested Trump listens to opposing views, a claim that caused many in the left-wing crowd to start laughing.

“No, I can understand the laughter but there’s a lot of politicians who have a deep, vested interest in being right all the time and therefore close themselves off sometimes to facts or evidence or differing opinions,” Trudeau said, according to Fox News.

“What I’ve found from this president is he will listen to arguments made,” Trudeau continued. “He will look at the ensemble of facts and proposals of impacts you put together, and he will be open to shifting his position.”

Trudeau also said Trump has kept the promises he’s made.

“I have always found that whenever he has made an engagement to me or a commitment to me on the phone or in person, he followed through on that, and that is someone you can work with,” Trudeau said, according to the New York Times.

Trudeau’s praise of Trump has surprised many. Unlike Trump, Trudeau is a noted leftist who supports the North American Free Trade Agreement and bringing massive amounts of refugees from the Middle East to Canada. Trudeau is also generally a supporter of high taxes and the theory humans are primarily responsible for causing climate change, policies the Trump administration has opposed and been criticized for by many left-leaning media outlets, including the New York Times.

In addition to praising Trump, Trudeau also said he believes NAFTA, despite Trump’s rhetoric, will remain in place in the years to come.

“NAFTA will remain a hugely important and successful trade deal for both our countries,” Trudeau said.

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Liberal wants holiday for those who don’t want ‘resource-sucking, waste-making human beings’

The Blaze - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:30

Forget Mother’s Day and Father’s Day: HBO’s host of “Real Time, Bill Maher, says that a new holiday should be in order for those who don’t want to have children.

During Friday night’s airing of the show, Maher — who has never married — lobbied for the new holiday, which he wants to name, “I Didn’t Reproduce Day.”

“I’m just saying, where’s the holiday for single people?” he asked. “We don’t have a day. Only happy hour.”

“We spent a lifetime being the cool aunts and uncles, but while we celebrate everybody else, nobody ever celebrates us, and they really should because you know what Mother Nature loves even more than electric cars? Condoms,” Maher quipped, but his “joke” didn’t stop there.

The liberal talk show host added, “There’s nothing literally that you can do that is better for the environment than to not produce another resource-sucking, waste-making human being, probably with a bad attitude.”

“I didn’t bring a kid into the world to consume valuable resources,” Maher ranted. “Where’s my breakfast in bed? Where’s my coupon ‘Good for One Foot Rub?'”

“You could do it all, you could get a hybrid car, do the recycling, not throw batteries in the trash,” he continued. “It all adds up to a fraction of the good it would do to have just one less child, because that child increases your carbon legacy by over 9,000 tons.”

Maher noted, however, that there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a child — it’s simply up to personal preference.

Calling continued generations “the leaders of tomorrow,” Maher added, “Having kids or not having kids, there’s not a moral dimension to it. It’s just your taste.”

“I don’t want to have kids for the same reason you do,” he concluded. “Because that’s what each of us wants. I get it. Lots of people love kids. Although I must say, no one in the world ever looks happier than when Maury Povich says, ‘You are not the father.'”

See the full segment in the video below.

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This state’s health care bill could make it the nation’s go-to destination for illegal immigrants

The Blaze - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:05

In May, New York’s State Assembly approved a massive single-payer health care bill that would make the state the first in the nation to effectively eliminate private health insurance, but one key provision in the text could also dramatically increase the size of the state’s illegal immigration population.

The legislation, titled the New York Health Act, would provide zero-cost health care coverage to every person in New York. There would be no out-of-pocket fees, network restrictions or other requirements.

The estimated cost of the plan varies, but many conservative and libertarian analysts believe it will substantially increase the required tax burden. For instance, the Reason Foundation estimates the proposal will cost taxpayers in New York an additional $91 billion per year by 2019. Avik Roy, the president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and opinion editor at Forbes, says the proposal would require more than $200 billion in tax increases.

To put these figures in perspective, New York state collected $71 billion in tax revenue in 2016.

But perhaps even more damaging is the effect the program could have on illegal immigration in New York, which inevitably would impact the countless other social programs offered by the state. According to the single-payer bill, which remains under consideration by the state’s Senate, the only requirement for enrolling in the program would be to claim residency, and illegal immigrants wouldn’t be turned down coverage.

As Matthew Glans — a senior policy analyst at the Heartland Institute, where I also work as executive editor — noted in a recent article on the proposal, “The program’s free coverage for undocumented immigrants would likely create an incentive for people to come to the state for the free care. This will create a burden on the system that funding may not be able to cover.”

It’s not unreasonable to believe millions of illegal immigrants could come pouring into New York if it approves this single-payer plan, especially since the New York City government, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, has repeatedly said it will not help federal officials enforce U.S. immigration law.

In May, following the arrest of 156 illegal immigrants, de Blasio said that it’s “very distressing … to hear that ICE is picking up people who are law abiding and contributing to the community.”

According to a report by the Pew Research Center, an estimated 3.8 percent of New York’s population in 2012 — about 750,000 people — was composed of immigrants illegally residing in the United States.

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Win for 1st Amendment

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:02
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Trump's Climate Policy: Burning Down the House

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:52
Patricia Williams, The Nation
Trump's climate policy ignores our impendingâ??and sharedâ??global disaster.
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UK Parliament Hit by Cyberattack

Townhall.com - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:52
The British Parliament is under a "sustained and determined" cyberattack which began Friday.
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Ann Coulter accuses Sean Hannity of ‘censoring’ her — then Hannity hits back with two tweet response

The Blaze - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:36

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter accused Fox News host Sean Hannity of “censoring” her Thursday by allegedly cutting remarks she made during a segment while taping for Hannity’s Thursday night Fox News show.

“As expected, @seanhannity totally censored my answer on @realDonaldTrump’s “rich man” remark (Goldman Sachs). See my column this week!” Coulter wrote on Twitter late Thursday.

As expected, @seanhannity totally censored my answer on @realDonaldTrump's "rich man" remark (Goldman Sachs). See my column this week! https://t.co/YPmwqYIaKO

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 23, 2017

Ironically, Coulter predicted prior to the taping that Hannity’s producers might edit some distasteful comments about Goldman Sachs and President Donald Trump from her segment.

“I’m on @seanhannity at 10 discussing Trump’s “rich man” comment & if Sean cuts ONE WORD of my attack on Goldman Sachs, it will be a scandal,” she wrote in a separate tweet earlier Thursday.

Coulter’s tweet and comments referred to remarks Trump made earlier this week when he said during a rally in Iowa that he’s proud his cabinet is comprised of rich people because “in those particular positions I just don’t want a poor person.”

Trump lauded the fact that former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn is his top economic adviser and director of the national economic council. The irony behind that extends to Trump attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during last year’s Republican presidential primary for once taking loans with Goldman Sachs. At the time, Trump accused Cruz of being controlled by the massive bank.

But as the Right Scoop notes, when Coulter appeared on Hannity’s Fox program Thursday there was no mention of Goldman Sachs and there were one or two very awkward pauses or jumps between comments from Coulter and Hannity.

But Hannity unequivocally denied editing Coulter’s comments.

In a two-tweet response Friday, Hannity said Coulter’s comments were edited out of the segment because of television time constraints.

“I have done more to help promote you and your books which I like over the years. No CONSPIRACY. THERE ARE TIME CONSTRAINTS ON TV,” Hannity tweeted.

“Ok Ann cut the BS. You were the last guest. I was taping that night. I tried repeatedly to to get you to stay on time. U went over time,” he added.

I have done more to help promote you and your books which I like over the years. No CONSPIRACY. THERE ARE TIME CONSTRAINTS ON TV. https://t.co/zhem0bIGFd

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 24, 2017

Ok Ann cut the BS. You were the last guest. I was taping that night. I tried repeatedly to to get you to stay on time. U went over time https://t.co/OjSLbBV2cl

— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 24, 2017

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Do We Want the Supreme Court to Decide What Is Too Partisan?

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:35
Charles Lane, WP
The decision was 5 to 4, with the most conservative Republican-appointed justices in favor of Bush. Democrats condemned the ruling as nakedly partisan, saying it was based not on precedent but a cooked-to-order legal rationale: Recount rules didn’t treat all ballots the same way, thus violating the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the laws. Many critics saw Bush v. Gore as an indelible blot on the court’s legitimacy.
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Republicans, Celebrate Your Victory--It Will Be Short-Lived

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:35
Maria Cardona, The Hill
Last night’s special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District was a disappointing outcome for Democrats. But let’s put something to rest right here and now: Democrats are incredibly motivated, energized and hopeful for the opportunities we have in 2018. Republicans should be worried.
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America Shouts While Europe Shrugs

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:35
Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
The U.S. media capitalize on division. Meantime, Parisians hardly notice a terror attack.
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I Saw Nixon's Downfall, & I've Got a Warning for Trump

Real Clear Politics - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:34
Richard Ben-Veniste, Atlantic
Watching the national controversy over the White House and Russia unfold, I’m reminded of Karl Marx’s oft-quoted observation: “History repeats itself: first as tragedy, second as farce.” I was a close witness to the national tragedy that was Richard Nixon’s self-inflicted downfall as president, and I’ve recently contemplated whether a repeat of his “Saturday Night Massacre” may already be in the offing. Given how that incident doomed one president, Trump would do well to resist repeating his predecessor’s mistakes—and avoid his...
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The decline and fall of Obamacare and the AHCA

HotAir - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 08:31

The new Senate health care bill (not to be confused with the AHCA) was finally unveiled this week by Republicans in the upper chamber. It led to an immediate round of cheers and bipartisan support coming from… almost nobody. It was something of a given that not a single Democrat would support it, but with only a slim margin for victory available, the GOP couldn’t afford to lose more than two votes from their own caucus. At last count, with the addition of Dean Heller, we’re up to five. (The Hill)

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) announced Friday that he is opposed to the Senate Republican ObamaCare repeal bill in its current form.

“I’m announcing today that in this form I will not support it,” Heller said during a press conference.

He raised concerns about the bill’s phaseout of the Medicaid expansion. Heller joins GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas) in opposing the current bill.

There are some moderates like Susan Collins who are already “expressing concern” over issues such as Planned Parenthood funding as well. Odds are that once there is enough resistance to sink it they’ll jump ship as well. It’s a safer play for them in terms of their next election and if they can’t be pegged as “the vote that killed the bill” it’s an easier call to say no.

So is the fight to repeal Obamacare pretty much over? Let me take a saw to the limb I’m currently sitting on and say… yes. But really, the fight was over shortly after the original Affordable Care Act was passed. There’s an old maxim in American politics which tells us that any entitlement program or other initiative which gives away goodies to the public, once in place, is pretty much there forever. There have been a few rare exceptions, but for the most part this is a tradition which is written in stone.

We’ve got Senators from the more conservative side saying that this new bill isn’t going to do anything to reduce costs and premiums. Of course it won’t, because the government is entirely incapable of doing that through mandates and executive orders. Even if we ignore the fact that our bloated bureaucracy composed of career politicians was never exactly suited to manage something the size and complexity of the nation’s health insurance system, any effort to institute top-down socialization of something as inherently capitalist in nature as the health insurance industry was doomed to blow up in your face.

But that’s not even the core fault in our stars here. You see, even if the GOP manages to remove Obamacare, all they’ll be able to do is take out the parts which most conservatives hate (such as the mandates). Taking out the goodies is not only harder, but likely impossible. Obamacare was structured brilliantly in that the things everyone was going to like (mandatory coverage for preexisting conditions, parents keeping their kids on their plans longer) kicked in fast. It took years for the really ugly features to fully come on line (higher penalties for not having insurance, additional mandates driving up premiums). That means that people were already used to the candy being handed out before the flaws in the system ensured that it would begin to implode.

So who wants to be the one to take away those goodies now? Nobody. And this leaves the GOP in the position of trying to make it look like they can still play Santa and hand out all the sugar without the slug of bitter medicine to follow. In order to “fix” this system and make it solvent we would have to deliver bad news which is the political equivalent of blowing out the pilot light in your oven and sticking your head in.

But wait,” I can hear some of you saying. “If this doesn’t work, can’t we just go back to plan B and let Obamacare implode on it’s own?” Not really. Whoever is in charge will take the blame no matter whether they supported it originally or not. We now basically have a new entitlement theory in which more than 60% of American voters think that affordable health insurance (not Health Care, which is a critical distinction the media generally tries to ignore) is a human right and it’s the government’s job to make sure they get it. But the cost of health insurance isn’t dictated by the government… not for long, anyway. It’s dictated by the cost of actual health care and Washington still hasn’t the beginning of a clue as to how to bring that down.

So what’s the only solution left to keep delivering bread and circuses to the masses? Probably a completely top-down, socialist single payer program, which will rapidly bankrupt the entire system. (California is already finding that out the hard way.) You can expect to eventually see some Republicans going along with that line of thinking too, believe it or not. It’s that or the aforementioned head-in-the-oven scenario.

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