Wimping Out On Repeal
Top Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, is walking back comments attributed to her that Obamacare can't be repealed. But she's not the only one suggesting that the goal should be making changes within the framework of the health law. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, says the goal is to get the law "fixed." Apparently, a lot of Republican lawmakers still haven't read the law. If they had, they'd know the framework is corrupt.
Even presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, speculated on Friday that repeal is unlikely, because it will be "difficult to turn the clock back."
Nonsense. Even by the most inflated Obama administration claims, some 8 million people have signed up for exchange plans out of a nation of 318 million. Obamacare is able to be repealed and should be replaced with a plan to cover the uninsured and reduce costs.
Obamacare's authors paid lip service to these goals but had an ulterior motive: forging a permanent Democratic majority. The law creates a huge infrastructure for enrolling millions of people not just in health care but also food stamps, housing assistance and other welfare programs — and registering them to vote.
Here are the pillars of this corrupt scheme. None of the minor fixes Republicans are discussing come even close to sweeping away this corruption.
—Navigators and assisters (Section 1311): Instead of government employees promoting Obamacare and enrolling the uninsured, the law reserves these jobs for community activists, unions, community health centers and other not-for-profits. Players include the NAACP, Planned Parenthood and the Service Employees International Union. Hiring these groups is a way to fund the shadow army of the Democratic Party in between elections.
Assisters sign up the uninsured for non-health benefits and register them to vote. The National Association of Community Health Centers identifies voter registration as a key part of its mission. The whole scheme recalls the days of Tammany Hall, when local ward bosses got the poor and newly arrived whatever they needed in exchange for their votes.
Obamacare institutionalizes this corrupt model and pays for it with your premiums.
Read the entire OpEd here.