Questioning our local Republican officials for their public endorsement of the AHCA
President Obama broke his word not to tax those with incomes under 250K. Republicans are creating a special class of citizens with Adjusted Gross Income under 150K.
Both believe the state is the solution to healthcare scarcity.
At least Obamacare allowed my family to opt out and address our healthcare through a private Christian sharing ministry which enables us to pay our physicians directly with cash (think discounts — 2/3 of a physician’s overhead is associated with regulatory compliance).
Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act provides corporate welfare in the form of subsidies to insurers, thus tilting the market away from more efficient methods of delivery.
By rewarding people for buying insurance from inefficient and subsidized providers, House Republicans effectively penalize people like myself who pay their doctors directly and thus create a disincentive for more efficient providers to prosper.
In addition, the AHCA aims to penalize me for exercising my individual freedom to seek the most competitive alternative by mandating a 30% penalty if I remain outside their list of subsidized providers and ever wish to return.
The House bill touts $1 trillion in tax cuts while perpetuating the same error of the 85th Congress (Johnson Medicare), the 93rd Congress (Nixon HMO Act) and the 111th Congress (Obamacare) — that created the scarcity … unauthorized and unenumerated government intervention in the delivery of a product or service.
Only a progressive framework sets aside time tested principles and celebrates a “cure” which administers a solution that is 30 percent poison instead of 60 percent.
Conservatives should never grant the enemy his premise, that our rights are not inalienable.
To paraphrase Ayn Rand, does the banker compromise with the counterfeiter? The homeowner with the burglar? To even give the burglar one piece of silverware requires a compromise of our principle while requiring no such compromise of the burglar and sets forth a precedent for a second and third compromise.
Most House Republicans ran on a repeal of the ACA. They have done no such thing. It is not as though we have asked a five-year-old to high jump a 7′ bar. Each Republican was perfectly capable of upholding their word and oath, but demonstrated deep down there was something more sacred, retention of power and the idolatry with which we adorn them.
These legislators took an oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. Where is the power enumerated granting the government authority to tell my family how we purchase our health care? What happened to state’s rights and federalism? Didn’t our Revolution oppose Divine Right of Kings?
Sadly, this is another result of an uninspiring GOP which prefers pale pastels to bold colors and upholds party at the cost of the timeless ideas of the American Revolution.
This is what happens when the Republican Party is content to measure itself by those in the Democrat Party rather than by the principles they took an oath to uphold.
Eric Andersen is a member of the Central Committee of the San Diego County Republican Party and Co-Founder of the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego County. He is a Co-Founder of im2moro.com, former Rock Church Citizen of the Year and former Caucus Chair for the 71st Assembly District.