• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Twila Brase: “Is Obamacare “Collapse” Just a Ploy?”

Is Obamacare “Collapse” Just a Ploy?
by Twila Brase   at  Citizens Council for Health Freedom:

Is Obamacare actually failing? Some parts, like the 16 failed co-ops, are. But when it comes to health plans dropping out of Obamacare exchanges, it’s a legitimate question. HMOs have a disturbing history of dropping enrollees – until Congress meets their payment demands.

This pattern began after Congress embraced managed-care in 1982. Nine years after the HMO Act of 1973 became law, Medicare added HMOs,described as “risk-based private health plans, or those plans that accept full responsibility (i.e. risk) for the costs of their enrollees’ care in exchange for a prospective, monthly, per-enrollee payment.”

Everything went swimmingly for HMOs until Congress enacted the Medicare+Choice HMO program in 1997 and cut payments. The GAO says nearly 100 plans either terminated contracts with the federal government or fully or partially withdrew as a result. Health Care Financing Review reported HMOs dropped more than 1.6 million Medicare recipients over three years.

Congress capitulated. In 2003, it enacted the more HMO-friendly Medicare Advantage (MA) program. In what some called “overpayments,” MA cost $14 billion more than traditional fee-for-service Medicare in 2009.

Then came Obamacare. HMOs supported the law because it forced all of us into their plans. But then the Supreme Court ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional, the sick enrolled en masse with taxpayer-funded premiums, the young and healthy wisely refused to enroll, and Congress prohibited Obama from bailing out the plans. Now the nation’s largest HMOs are dropping out—but maintaining atoehold. UnitedHealth Group sticks with three of 34 states, Humana keeps 11 of 19 states and Aetna retains four of 15 states.

Why? Because if a plan drops out completely, the law prohibits it from participating again for five years. So HMOs must want to stay. They just want more money. They have nothing to lose by playing hardball. Obamacare eliminated their only real competition – affordable indemnity insurance – and Congress has nowhere else to go.

The tail is wagging the dog. Congress thought it could control the monolithic managed-care industry it created (see “Blame Congress for HMOs”), but Congress has become politically dependent on it. Expect ever-increasing levels of confiscation from taxpayers and policyholders to keep the HMOs happy.

Then again…there is reason for hope.  Last Saturday, I was speaking to a GOP women’s group. As CCHF’s “The Wedge of Health Freedom” expands, managed-care plans will lose power. I asked the audience to speed this up by using ourhandouts to invite their doctors to Join the Wedge.I am asking you to do the same.

Expanding the Wedge to end the wag,

Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder

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