115th Congress, Congress, House of Representatives, Issues, Obamacare, Paul Ryan, Politicians

Finally, It’s Put-Up or Shut-Up Time on Healthcare


The Republican’s initial offering for an Obamacare replacement has a lot of people very nervous, especially those who have to run for office again in 2018. Everyone acknowledges that the bill doesn’t come anywhere near close to accomplishing what Republicans have been promising for seven years — replacing the much-hated Obamacare with a cost-effective solution — but it’s time for the GOP to put up or shut up.

There are two schools of thought on a replacement bill. The Ryan-Price coalition’s thinking is, “First, let’s keep our promise to voters by repealing Obamacare immediately, which will give us time to work on improving it through a second, third, fourth, and fifth step. Their viewpoint is purely political in nature, which is understandable, because there’s a lot at stake politically. The problem is that many aspects of Ryancare are as bad or worse than Obamacare, which could be a fatal blow to Republicans in 2018.

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Image Credit: Gage Skidmore CC by SA 2.0

The problem with counting on steps two, three, four, and five to clean up the bill down the road is that the Dirty Dems will use every trick in the book to see to it that the GOP will never be able to get any of those measures through Congress. Which means Republicans run the risk that their timid step-one offering will end up in an Obamacare-like death spiral before they have a chance to improve on it.

If you’ve read my first book, Winning Through Intimidation, you may recall that I explained that when it comes to working on selling a real estate project that involves a second development phase, a broker should make it a point to get paid for both phases on closing of the first phase, even if he has to take a drastically reduced commission on phase two. The reason for this is that second phases have a way of never happening. (See Chapter 15 of the newest edition of Winning Through Intimidation.)

What’s at the heart of the healthcare fiasco is expectations. A consistent rule I’ve observed over the years is that once you give someone something, the person on the receiving end tends to see it as an entitlement. This is why most government programs not only become permanent, but grow by leaps and bounds.

This was the psychological strategy the Dirty Dems were counting on when they locked the prim-and-proper Republicans out of all Obamacare meetings and forced the bill through the legislative process by nefarious means — before anyone was even allowed to read it! Once it became law, of course, it was easy for anyone with an IQ over 30 to see that it was nothing more than a massive redistribution-of-wealth scheme, which is why the Dirty Dems didn’t want anyone to read it in advance.

It was the same strategy that was used to legalize abortion in 1973. Roe v. Wade was a 5-4 decision by unelected officials, and now it’s looked upon as a court-given right. (As you know, God doesn’t have a say in these matters.) Today, abortion lovers are willing to fight to the death (interesting pun) for their “right” to terminate the lives of millions of unborn babies.

It’s also reminiscent of Ted Kennedy’s lying assurances that his Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 “will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs.”

The modus operandi of the Radical Left is to get your foot in the door by lying, then be patient, slowly raise the stakes, and end up with what you were really after from the very start. And it almost always works for them.

Which brings me full circle to Ryancare. There are times in my life when I desperately want to be wrong, and this is one of those times. I’m rooting for an abrupt end to Obamacare and not so much a “new plan” but a genuine free-market approach to healthcare. I dare not get my hopes up, however, because politicians will always make certain they’re involved. The goal, then, should be to aim for a healthcare system that minimizes the harm politicians can do to its citizens.

I could go on and on, because there is no end to the complexities of this monstrous problem, but I would like to own up to at least two areas that, as a civil libertarian, cause me moral concerns. First is the insane prices of prescription drugs. In theory, I believe that pharmaceutical companies should be allowed to charge whatever the market will bear for their products. But from a humanitarian standpoint, it is beyond the pale to me that, generally speaking, drug prices in the United States are astronomically higher than those charged in other countries.

As just one example, a medication someone in my family has taken for years costs more than $200 in the United States, but only $10 in Israel — and just a bit more than that in New Zealand. It seems to me that some kind of reasonable agreement could be reached to get drug companies to bring their U.S. prices down dramatically. I sometimes wonder if GlaxoSmithKline doesn’t have a bigger GDP than the United States. Notwithstanding their enormous development and government regulatory costs, pharmaceutical profits are humongous.

Unfortunately, I don’t know what the answer to affordable drugs is, but I do feel that it’s inhumane to allow people to suffer — and in many cases, die — because they cannot afford the drugs they need. A lot of work and negotiating time needs to be put into this all-important issue.

The second problem that causes a civil libertarian like me to have a tug of war with my compassionate side is tort reform. From a freedom standpoint, I believe that a person is entitled to any amount a court is willing to reward him. But most plaintiff awards are way out of line with reality, and they only encourage ambulance-chasing attorneys whose popularity rivals that of politicians and the media.

I therefore begrudgingly come down on the side of capping the amount of money that can be awarded for various kinds of medical damages. In addition, and perhaps even more important, I have always favored a loser-pays system, but with one new wrinkle: The losing attorney — not his client — should be the one who has to pay the winner’s legal fees. Since the whole system is driven by money-hungry attorneys, this would make them think long and hard before filing frivolous lawsuits. Best of all, it would have a major impact on lowering healthcare costs.

That said, when it comes to affordable healthcare, I again emphasize that we should always strive to move closer to a free-market healthcare system, Uncle Bernie be damned.

I’m glad I’m not Donald Trump when it comes to the healthcare leviathan, because it can never be solved in a way that comes anywhere near close to pleasing everyone. And given that it’s the first big piece of legislation out of the Trump starting gate, the consequences of a bad move could bring the horrid, anti-American Radical Left back to power — and the consequences of that would be far worse than the most abominable healthcare plan Republicans could ever come up with.

This is a guest post by Robert Ringer an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.
  • CDD

    Its time for “we the people” to lead, and for the RINOS to shut up and listen to US!
    Contact your Congressional delegation and tell them NO OBAMACARE LITE!!


    This will never be fixed as long as Rino ryan is in control! Take it to the bank!


    Rino ryan Boehner! As long as this idiot is head of Congress, nothing will be done. It will be a fight every step of the way! What’s it take to drain the swamp? You tell me! Maybe Rino ryan has to be fired!

  • Free America

    First thing Boehner was right about. He said the GOP has no intention to repeal Obamacare.Trump ran for president and he promised to repeal we believed him and elected him now he surrounds himself with RINOS and tells us no this is what you want .This is exactly what a politician does tells you I know better than you the people. This is a broken promise that will deliver the Democrats to the WH in 2020 and they will resurrect Obamacare then their dream Government run healthcare.GOP can screw up a one car funeral.

  • yellowjacket2

    If Ryan and the RINO’s stall long enough Obamacare will crash like a house of cards and the Democrats can blame the whole mess on Trump. Then they will demand passage of a Single Payer plan to save the poor sick and dyeing massed from “evil Trump.” My message to Ryan is stop the BS and get it done. You’ve had eight years to get a plan together. If you don’t you’ll be handing the Democrats a socialized medical plan victory even though we voted them out of office. And we can vote you out too Ryan!

  • Robert Trebes

    have written blogs for years…It makes no difference if you are a
    Democrat of Republican, both ‘Parties’ fight for control of the
    Washington Beltway, but neither party is willing to enact the ‘Will of
    the People’! They will continue to do the will of the Special Interest’s
    and rebuke the ‘Will of the People’! The Republican’s promised if you
    put us back in control, we will Repeal & Replace Obama Care…They
    are now in control of both houses and the White House…Both ‘Houses’
    are laughing at the ‘Voter’ for falling for their ‘Lip Service’ AGAIN,
    they will NOT Repeal & Replace Obama Care, this is just the same old
    ‘Pork’ with a new overcoat that will still have total control over your
    life! SSDD!…PS. Both ‘Parties’ believe that ‘We the People’ are
    ‘Dumbed Down’ so we are unable to realize we are about to be sold down
    the river again! Guess what RINO’S, ‘We the People’ will show you how
    smart we are when we VOTE all of you RINO’S out in 2018!

  • Kevin

    As Mark Levin has stated VERY clearly, “We don’t want to replace it, we want to GET RID OF IT!!!”


    As Donnie boy said: “Who knew health insurance was this complicated”, I paraphrased…

  • jerry1944

    What doesnt the Rep party understand about getting the government out of healthcare But i reaqlly think they liked it already and are just twet it some is why they funded it for obambo They could have not funded it if they had wanted to This FIXING it sounds like s con job to me But what more can you expect for that dem leader ryan , old mitch and the boys

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