Twilla Brase, a certified public health nurse and the co-founder and president of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) in St. Paul, Minnesota, rips into how the GOP screwed up repealing Obamacare
“Their bill, the American Heath Care Act, just pulled from the House last Friday did not repeal Obamacare. It didn’t even replace Obamacare.”
Instead, Ryancare continued government-run health care with mandates, guaranteed-issue requirements and more, she says. “Nothing [in it would have] guaranteed prices will go down or access will go up” for patients, she says.
As for what went wrong, Brase says conservatives were never really welcomed and included in the policy discussions leading to this package. In fact, she says some speculate that the Republican establishment thought they didn’t need to consult conservatives, but could just use Trump to bully his base into agreeing to the concocted replacement bill.
We know that Steve Bannon tried to bully memebers of the Freedom Caucus into voting for the Ryan’s
healthcare bill Crap Sandwich, and failed miserably
White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon told a group of House conservatives they had no choice but to back the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill days before the bill was pulled, according to a new report.
Bannon confronted members of the House Freedom Caucus earlier this week during the White House’s push for the American Health Care Act, Axios’s Mike Allen reported Saturday in his newsletter.
“Guys, look. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill,” Bannon reportedly said.
If that is true, then at least of of those Republicans should have told Bannon to go intercourse himself, except in more garphic language frankly. In any case Ryancare collapsed because it sucked in a most sucktacular fashion, can you say 17% approval? So now, it is time to go back and REPEAL Obamacare. Then get a bill that gets government OUT, regulations OUT, and address health freedom. Here is a link to Twilla Brase’s group and their ideas Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom and here is a pdf on things Congress can do to help
Restore Affordability The high-cost of insurance and medical delivery today are a result of heavy third-party involvement in every medical decision…and burdensome regs, reporting, measurement –
TRUE INSURANCE – Expand/Restore major-medical indemnity policies. –
COST CONSCIOUS – Require individual skin in the game, even Medicaid. –
BLOCK GRANTS – Provide Medicaid block grants that allow states to direct contract with doctors and hospitals, bypassing costly managed care PMPM payment/contracts.
CUTS COSTS – End costly overhead, bureaucracy, “quality” reporting, contracts, regs,
End Pre-Existing Conditions Pre-Ex conditions are typically “acquired” when a child with a condition ages out of a family policy or when an employee with a condition loses employer-sponsored coverage, sometimes because the employee cannot work due to the health condition.
OWNERSHIP – Expand individual lifelong ownership of health insurance.
PRE-BIRTH – Encourage parents to buy individual health insurance policies for their children pre-birth, and transfer responsibility for payment to the child at adulthood.
TAX REFORM – End tax deduction for employer-sponsored coverage.
GRANTS – For those stuck with Pre-Ex conditions, give temporary financial support to states to establish high-risk pools, NOT for reinsurance (Health Plan subsidies).
Set Medicare Recipients Free The Clinton administration imposed a Social Security rule in 1997 without public notice or comment. In 2008 a lawsuit, including plaintiff Dick Armey who wanted to keep his insurance, was filed. SCOTUS refused to hear the case in January 2013.
RESCIND – The SSA requirement that individuals enroll in Medicare Part A to receive their Social Security Retirement benefits.
RESCIND – The SSA requirement that forces senior citizens to pay everything back, including Social Security benefits, if they disenroll from Medicare Part A.
EXECUTIVE ORDER – President Trump can issue an Executive Order to rescind the rule and strip the prohibition from SSA Procedure Operations Manual System (POMS).
Restore Catastrophic Coverage Health plans are an aberration pushed by Ted Kennedy (HMO Act of 1973). SCOTUS in Pegram vs Hedrich said Congress’s purpose for the law was to ration health care. –
REPEAL ACA §1302(e) – Repeal Obamacare prohibition on catastrophic coverage
EXEMPT FROM TAXATION – Exempt indemnity major medical non-interference policies (new or returning entrants) from federal taxes for 10 years
REPEAL HMO ACT – Repeal approved merger of financing/deliver to end health plan control over federal/state policy decisions and patient/doctor treatment decisions.
DISFAVOR MANAGED CARE – Health plans are the problem, not the solution.
NO MANDATES – Do not require EHB or insurance, or prohibit health-sharing.
FAVOR HSA – Large HSAs; Sen. Paul S.222 HSA section; Delink HSA from HDHP
They have may more ideas please go check them out at the link, and check out The Wedge, a free trade zone for healthcare