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Seven too many clowns at this party.

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On 26 July 2017 the US Senate voted to keep ObamaCare in effect forever.

On Wednesday, 26 July 2017, all 48 Democrats plus 7 Republicans in the Senate voted to destroy the most efficient and successful private healthcare system in the world.

Nice move, idiots.

Every totalitarian government in modern history that nationalized medical care for their constituents did it for reasons having nothing to do with medical care or economics, and everything to do with purging the population that remembers oppression and the obvious causes.

ObamaCare is no different.

Welcome to fascism, folks. They’re gonna shove it down our throats despite majority public opinion to the contrary.

[Commentary is my own, top image found here.]

[Update: Corrected the numbers above. h/t Macker. Here’s the tally.]

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5 Responses to “Seven too many clowns at this party.”

  1. Deplorable Macker Says:

    Um, scuse me Bunk. There aren’t 50 Demo☭rats in the Senate. Nine Republi☭ans joined with the 48 Demo☭rats to keep things frakked up!
    Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/politics/health-care-senate-amendment-votes/?utm_term=.87922449587b#bcra

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Macker– D’oh! I must have been too irritated to think straight when I posted that. Partial repeal of Obamacare (yesterday’s vote) was shot down by 48 Dems and 7 Repubs. Thanks for the correction.

  3. Tetsubo Says:

    I’m a bit confused here. Is it your contention that the ACA is bad and that the healthcare system we had prior to it is good? I am genuinely interested in clarification. Thanks.

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Tesubo–

    My contention is that the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA, aka ObamaCare) is an economic atrocity that 2/3 of the American public didn’t want. The designer of the legislation admitted boasted that it was sold with lies, and it wouldn’t have been enacted had the Supreme Court not redefined it as a tax (which it is), and is therefore constitutional.

    The previous system certainly had its flaws, but it could have been significantly improved by allowing insurance providers to sell their products across state lines, thus introducing competition between regional providers. Another improvement would be to enact Tort Reform to limit liability and payouts for frivolous and punitive claims beyond a reasonable amount. Both these remedies would have lowered premiums dramatically.

    Instead, the US Government decided to get in the insurance business and compete with the private sector. Only one problem with that scenario: the government regulates the industry and can change the rules by fiat to destroy the competition, and that’s exactly what they did. Once they own the monopoly on health insurance they can charge whatever they want, decide who and what is covered, fix the prices of medical care providers, and the private sector eats it. This is the very definition of fascism.

    ObamaCare took it a step further. With an economy still reeling from recession, the Employer Mandate was enacted, forcing companies to provide health insurance for full time workers or face stiff penalties. The free market reacted. Businesses laid off workers and/or demoted them to part time status, or they simply closed up shop and walked away.

    Don’t just take my word for it. Minds much sharper than mine have discussed the travesty of ObamaCare (and offered alternative solutions) including:
    Milton Friedman
    Dr. Thomas Sowell
    Dr. Benjamin Carson

    That the Republicans have gone along with this nonsense for years pisses me off (in case you didn’t notice). Thanks for allowing me to vent.

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