• 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

Total Solar Eclipse to Cross the USA, August 21st! DON’T MISS IT! I DIDN’T IN JUNE, 1954

Apparently the sun and moon are going to dance together some time around this coming August 21, 2017  It is not an every day occasion when the two meet to fete.

I was an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota back  in the early 1950s, majoring in geography, minoring in Russian and   all sorts of other studies including geomorphology, astronomy, and Biochemistry then when tuition costs were $35 a quarter.

God blessed us that early A.M. a Saturday more glorious than ever, despite a fifty-fifty chance for clouds and rain…..and NEITHER HAPPENED…not a cloud in the sky at 6AM through the rest of the day.   I had heard about solar eclipses while in high school.  It was a rarity that such  “dances”  ever occurred in  the middle of a metropolitan community.

I didn’t want to miss it, but I didn’t want to go alone.  I easily coaxed my girl friend.  We tried to coax others and landed with six to be ready at six o’clock AM.

Do go!!! Don’t be late!!!  Protect your eyes..( We did….photo film pasted on sun glasses was then recommended.)   We gathered at the top of a hillside facing downtown St. Paul in the eastward distance.   Not a cloud to be seen.  Cool.  Silent except for the morning birds, especially the cardinals and arguments among  viewers nagging me  that this better be good, or else.   Who else would be dumb enough to get up early on a Saturday to see the moon pass in front of the sun.

Yes, the day went dark…not night dark, but darker than you have ever seen morning before breakfast!   Wind stirred, air conditioned cool, birds went silent, dogs howled, shadow attacked the world around everyone.

The collection of it all shut us  into silence and awe despite the brevity of the totality of the real dance.   Confidence in me and my reputation was elevated that morning.   No one thanked anyone for their participating in the show.  I was merely the usher.

The eclipse scheduled for this August 21.   Do go out of your way if you can to be a witness to this, one of the rarest of  amazing astronomical events ever to happen in your lifetime!   Plan for a good setting regardless of the clarity of the day.

Please note that all of the following statements about viewing the eclipse are made with two assumptions: (1) “weather permitting”, and (2) you MUST use special eye protection to look at the sun whenever it is not totally eclipsed! Read more about the important subject of eye safety during eclipses.

Get your eclipse glasses here!
(You HAVE to have them in order to safely watch the partial phases of the eclipse!)

Visit Xavier Jubier’s Interactive Google Map
(You’ll see an instructions page first)

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm

Conservative Jerk McCain Betrays GOP

Cruz: Americans Betrayed By Republicans That Failed To Honor Promise To Repeal Obamacare

by Ian Schwartz at realclearpolitics:

“Sen. Ted Cruz delivered remarks to the media after the Obamacare repeal failed in the U.S. Senate with a vote of 51-49. Three Republicans, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and John McCains voted against the repeal. McCain initially voted for debate of the bill.

Protesters chanting ‘Thank you, John McCain’ could be heard in the background while Cruz held his presser.

President Trump sent out a late night tweet after the vote failed: “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”

“There are going to be a great many Americans who tonight feel a sense of betrayal. Feel a sense of betrayal that politicians stood up and made a promise,” Cruz said.

“I tell you this, if you stand up and campaign and say, we’re going to repeal Obamacare and you vote for Obamacare, those are not consistent,” Cruz said. “And the American people are entirely justified in saying, any politician who told me that and voted the other way, didn’t tell me the truth. They lied to me.”

“You know, Senators are going to go home the next few weeks. They’re going to go home to their states. And they’re going to face their constituents. They’re going to have hard questions of people who look them in the eyes and say, ‘Why did you lie to me?'” Cruz said.

Cruz said Republicans, and perhaps even Democrats, will return after the summer recess, after they face constituents, and vote differently to honor their campaign promise on Obamacare.

“I believe we’ll come back after all of the victory laps by the Democrats, all of the media exultations, I believe we will come back and we will honor our promise,” Cruz said.

A reporter asked Cruz to react to McCain’s decision to vote against the bill, denying Vice President Mike Pence to break the anticipated tied vote.

“If you campaigned on repealing it, then the voters should expect that you will keep your word,” Cruz said in response to McCain.

“I think Republicans should keep our word, and I think we can,” the Texas Senator said. “Despite unfortunate nights, I believe we can and will honor our promise to repeal Obamacare. Tonight, I’m filled with optimism. Despite a setback, truth matters. The truth is, Obamacare isn’t working. It is hurting millions of Americans, and the people who are getting hurt by Obamacare, it is the biggest job killer, it’s hurting small businesses, it’s hurting working men and women.”

Transcript of Cruz’s remarks:

SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): The losers tonight are the millions of Americans who’ve been hurt under Obamacare. The millions of Americans that have lost their jobs, who have been forced into part-time work, forced into working 28 to 29 hours a week. Millions of Americans have had their health care coverage canceled, who have lost their doctors, who’ve seen their premiums skyrocket.

The 6.5 million Americans each year who are fined by the IRS because they don’t make enough money to afford health insurance. So not only do they get health insurance, but they get a fine from the IRS and 80% of them are earning $50,000 a year or less. Nearly half are earning $25,000 or less. It’s the single moms, the truck drivers, it’s the steel workers, it’s the working men and women who are left behind tonight. That’s unfortunate.

And there are going to be a great many Americans who tonight feel a sense of betrayal. Feel a sense of betrayal that politicians stood up and made a promise.

I tell you this, if you stand up and campaign and say, we’re going to repeal Obamacare and you vote for Obamacare, those are not consistent. And the American people are entirely justified in saying, any politician who told me that and voted the other way, didn’t tell me the truth. They lied to me.

But I will say also the democratic process is a long process. In the next 24 hours, in the next week, Democrats will crow exaltedly. They’ll claim total victory for a collapsing and failing law that is Obamacare.

And the media will write story after story about how Obamacare will remain, even though it is failing and hurting millions of Americans. But after all of the chest-beating, after all of the proud victory laps of the left, I believe this Congress will come back and in time, we will honor our promises.

You know, Senators are going to go home the next few weeks. They’re going to go home to their states. And they’re going to face their constituents. They’re going to have hard questions of people who look them in the eyes and say, ‘Why did you lie to me?’

And by the way, it’s not just the Senators who voted no. The Senators who voted yes are going to be asked, ‘Why did you lie to me?’ Because the voters are not going to distinguish. They will say, you guys promised to do this and you failed.

I understand the frustration and anger of the American people. And I think the frustration and anger will be heard by members of the Senate.

I believe we’ll come back after all of the victory laps by the Democrats, all of the media exultations, I believe we will come back and we will honor our promise.

[…]

And by the way, when your premiums go up next year, the Democrats are happy for you to pay more year, after year, after year when you are struggling to provide for your family. That’s not right. The five years I have served in the Senate, there is no issue I have fought harder on and devoted more time to then stopping the disaster that is Obamacare.

Mark my words, I am committed to this fight.

As long as there is breath in my body, I will be fighting for the working men and women of this country that have been hurt by Obamacare, and I believe it will be repealed. No party can remain in power by lying to the American people. And I hope and pray that our party doesn’t try to do that…

REPORTER: Senator, did John McCain lie to the American people when he campaigned on repealing Obamacare last year and then took this vote today. (Editor’s note: McCain voted against the ‘skinny’ repeal late Thursday night/Friday morning)

CRUZ: You know, that is a judgment the voters of every state will have to make. For each and every individual politician. I think what we should do is do what we said we would do. If you are a Democrat, and you campaigned on keeping Obamacare, okay fine. Then the voters can expect you to do that. But if you campaigned on repealing it, then the voters should expect that you will keep your word.

I think Republicans should keep our word, and I think we can. Despite unfortunate nights, I believe we can and will honor our promise to repeal Obamacare. Tonight, I’m filled with optimism. Despite a setback, truth matters. The truth is, Obamacare isn’t working. It is hurting millions of Americans, and the people who are getting hurt by Obamacare, it is the biggest job killer, it’s hurting small businesses, it’s hurting working men and women.

The people are hurt by Obamacare, you are being heard, and I believe we will in time honor our promise. And I give my word I will devote every waking moment I have to urge my colleagues let’s tell the truth and let’s simply do what we did — lower premiums and make health insurance more affordable for everyone. Recognize that Obamacare is a dismal failure that is hurting millions of Americans….”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/07/28/cruz_americans_betrayed_by_republicans_that_failed_to_honor_promise_to_repeal_obamacare.html

Chelsea….the Developing Star?

CIVIL WAR ON THE LEFT, PART 45: THE BANALITY OF CHELSEA

by Steven Hayward at PowerLine:

“We noted here a couple of months back the obvious truth that Chelsea Clinton is a nitwit. Who knew, however, that a leftist would stumble across this fact.

Prof. Corey Robin of Brooklyn College, author of a book popular among leftists called The Reactionary Mind that purports to explain conservatism (gee: I wonder if we can figure out the thesis from the title), got into an argument recently with Chelsea. On Twitter. About banality. No, you can’t make this up.

Chelsea tweeted a link to a story about an arson fire at an LGBT center in Arizona with her coda about how it is an example of “the banality of evil”—the phrase made famous in Hannah Arendt’s controversial book Eichmann in Jerusalem. Prof. Robin thought this a gross misuse or misunderstanding of Arendt’s phrase, and naturally defaulted to the usual mode of progressives everywhere, hectoring Chelsea for her superficiality. And Chelsea responded!

You can read the whole delicious saga at Corey Robin’s website, but here are a few lowlights:

I didn’t think Clinton was using Arendt’s concept of “the banality of evil” correctly. I retweeted her with some snide commentary.

There follows a lot of explication about Arendt’s phrase, but twice Robin describes Chelsea thus: “author of a best-selling book; vice chair of a powerful global foundation; former special correspondent to NBC; possible congressional candidate, with a net worth of $15 million; daughter of the former president of the United States; daughter of the former Secretary of State and almost-president of the United States,” adding that “We have in this country a really weird ruling class.”

There’s lots more here in the whole post, and Chelsea does not come out well in the exchange. I do especially like this initial response from Chelsea:

“Thankful to have read Arendt at Sidwell & Stanford” is a nice touch, another sign of the total lack of self-awareness of entitled elitist mediocrities of the left. It take something for me to side with Corey Robin on anything, but that’s what makes the ongoing left-on-left action so much fun to watch. Popcorn please!”

(Comment regarding the obvious which seems to escape the feminized:   The human male is an animal born  to be a killer and  sexual predator to survive as an animal species.  The he is born to be a problem solver……(unless born as a Democrat in America these days).

The human female animal is born to be the carrier of human offspring to continue the species.   She needs, she prefers, demands security   over problem solving,  comfort and make-believe over Truth.

Transgendered in Military A RACKET or merely STUPID?

Progressives’ arguments in favor of transgender soldiers are drenched in self-righteousness—but they are also inane and dangerous.
6 RIDICULOUS ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF TRANSGENDER SOLDIERS
“Donald Trump was elected because he says things everyone else is thinking but is afraid to say. He did that very thing when he tweeted that openly transgender individuals don’t belong in the U.S. military.

After the ensuing explosion of vitriol on (mostly) the Left, you would have thought the president had been cleared of collusion with Russia. Since the vitriol comes with a heaping helping of self-righteousness and a side of fanaticism, the arguments in favor of transgender soldiers are drenched in both. They are also inane and dangerous. Here’s a random selection.

‘Transgender soldiers are already serving openly without any issues.’

The Department of Defense lifted the ban on transgender soldiers serving openly only a year ago. It’s hard to believe we have accurate data on the results because we can’t even agree on how many transgender military we have. The DoD calculates up to 7,000; the RAND Corporation says somewhere around 2,500; The Palm Center, a research institute in San Francisco, calculates 12,600; the OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network says 16,000; and Kristen Beck, a former Navy Seal who served for 20 years as Christopher Beck before coming out as a transgender woman, estimates there are 75,000 to 100,000 transgender personnel in uniform.

‘Any individual who is qualified and willing to serve should be allowed to serve.’

This is the dumbest argument I’ve ever heard. An individual’s qualifications and willingness to serve are the least important basis for assembling a military unit of maximum combat effectiveness. No one serves in isolation. Soldiers work together, eat together, shower together, and sleep together, all in very close proximity.

The Marines would know. They don’t play, the Marines. They research. Before the ban on women in combat was lifted, they studied the potential impact of gender-integrated units. Every Marine they looked at was both qualified and willing to serve, but it was how the qualified and willing Marines were constituted in units that made all the difference.

All-male squads demonstrated higher performance levels, exhibited more speed and focus, had better accuracy, and engaged targets quicker than mixed male-female units. Is that because men are smarter and stronger than women? Is it because men are more focused when women aren’t around? It doesn’t matter. All that matters—obviously—is that qualifications and willingness to serve are only part of the story.

If an XX individual identifies as male, but requires hormone injections to attain maleness, that’s a soldier who requires regular injections. If regular injections are no big deal, why are Type I diabetics barred from serving because they require insulin?

What happens on a Forward Operating Base if medical supplies are delayed? Or if a soldier is cut off from the base for any length of time? What happens to that soldier’s mental and emotional functioning without the needed hormone injections? If the discomfort with one’s biological sex is so great that one is willing to receive hormone injections to ease it, we can assume that not receiving the injections would be detrimental to one’s well-being and therefore combat effectiveness.

Not to mention the combat effectiveness of one’s unit.

 A military unit at maximum combat effectiveness is a military unit least likely to suffer casualties. Winning in war is often only a matter of inches, and unnecessary distraction or any dilution of the combat effectiveness puts the mission and lives in jeopardy. Risking the lives of a military unit in combat to provide career opportunities or accommodate the personal desires or interests of an individual, or group of individuals, is more than bad military judgment. It is morally wrong. [emphasis added]

Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

‘It makes our country less safe.’

How are we safer because men who identify as women and women who identify as men are serving openly? How are we safer when we pay for expensive hormones and surgeries instead of bombers and aircraft carriers? At a time when we’ve been forced into sequestration and are struggling to provide the basics, how does it make us safer to divert resources away from ensuring that safety to transgender sensitivity training, mental health services for transgender soldiers who are victims of harassment, facilities upgrades, retrofit showers, and other accommodations within communal living spaces?

We can’t even agree on which bathrooms trans people can use, but somehow we’re safer if we’re all in the shower together? No distraction there.

‘This is legalized discrimination, no different than when the Armed Forces were segregated.’

If race and sex are equivalent, why does the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have rules for transgender athletes but not for black athletes?

For a transgender woman (XY chromosomes) athlete to compete in the female category, the athlete must:

  • Declare female gender identity and live consistent with this identity for at least four years.
  • Demonstrate that total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to first competition. Evaluation on a case-by-case basis will determine whether 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition.
  • Demonstrate that total testosterone level in serum remains below 10 nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category.

There are no such rules for black athletes to be able to compete with white athletes or vice versa because there is no difference between black and white athletes.

‘Anyone who opposes transgender soldiers in the military is a bigot.’

There are a lot of reasons besides bigotry that someone might object to transgender soldiers, such as diverting funds from winning wars to pay for surgeries and hormones; reducing combat effectiveness due to distractions or tensions; difficulty integrating pre-transition and in-process transition transgender soldiers with the unit as a whole; and understanding scientifically, medically, and socially what it means to be transgender. One of the objections might even be that the presence of transgender soldiers in a unit makes the unit less effective and therefore the transgender soldiers themselves less safe.

‘We would lose soldiers like Kristen Beck.’

No, we wouldn’t. Kristen Beck didn’t serve in the military. Christopher Beck did. Christopher Beck was part of the elite SEAL Team 6 and was deployed 13 times, including to Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, and Africa. Christopher Beck received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with valor, and 50 other medals during his 20-year career. He retired from the Navy in 2011. In 2013, Kristen Beck published a memoir: “Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming out Transgender.”

It is disingenuous to say Beck is the first female Navy SEAL when that career ended two years before Christopher—who was known for his beard—transitioned to Kristen. There has never been a female Navy SEAL, only a male Navy SEAL who retired and took feminizing hormones.”

 

http://thefederalist.com/2017/07/28/6-ridiculous-arguments-favor-transgender-soldiers/

McCain Sabotages GOP Obamacare Repeal

With McCain’s ‘No,’ Obamacare Repeal Fails in Senate

by James Arkin  at realclearpolitics:

“With a simple thumbs down, Sen. John McCain dramatically ended Republicans’ seven-year campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

McCain, in the early hours of Friday morning, voted against his party’s scaled-back version of an Obamacare repeal, becoming the decisive vote preventing the GOP from succeeding on its top agenda item and throwing its legislative agenda into deep uncertainty. The Arizona Republican, along with Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, joined all Democrats in opposing the legislation gutting key portions of the ACA. All other Republicans voted for the repeal, which failed by a tally of 51-49.

Republican senators appeared stunned walking off the floor following the vote, with several declining to comment to reporters as they departed. “Needless to say, pretty disappointed,” Sen Pat Toomeysaid. “It’s just sad,” Sen. Ron Johnsonadded.

Sen. Ted Cruz called it a “sad day for the American people.” He also criticized his Republican colleagues who voted against the measure, essentially calling them hypocrites.

“I sadly feel a great many Americans will feel betrayed, that they were lied to. And that sentiment will not be unjustified,” Cruz told reporters. “You cannot campaign against Obamacare and then vote for Obamacare. Those are inconsistent actions.”

Trump tweeted his frustration shortly after the vote failed:

“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!”

The vote came after seven years of promises to undo President Obama’s signature law and seven months of Republican legislative efforts since taking control of the government in January. There were numerous fits and starts, and deep divisions within the party made threading the needle and passing any legislation extremely difficult. Ultimately, after narrowly agreeing to debate the bill earlier this week, Republicans searched for the “least common denominator,” in their own words, hoping to find any measure of Obamacare repeal that could pass.

Even the scaled-back effort proved unsuccessful.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a somber speech after the failed vote, acknowledged defeat and thanked President Trump, Vice President Mike Penceand his fellow GOP senators for their efforts.

“This is a disappointment. A disappointment, indeed,” McConnell said, adding his thanks to House Republicans, who narrowly passed Obamacare repeal in May. “I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time.”

McCain, for his part, downplayed his vote as he departed the Senate chamber shortly after 2 a.m.

“I thought it was the right thing to do,” he told reporters.

Later, in a statement, McCain said the legislation he voted against did not accomplish his goals of increased competition, lower costs and improved care:

“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of the nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people.”

The GOP senators opposing the measure had received a full-court press from their party. The vote was held open more than an hour longer than expected as Republicans spoke with McCain and Murkowski, pushing for a change of heart. Pence, there to cast a potential tie-breaking vote, spoke with McCain in a small group of senators for an extended period. He then spoke to him at length one-on-one on the Senate floor, and again in the private cloakroom off the chamber. Meanwhile, several members of Senate leadership spoke with Murkowski on the floor right until the moment she cast her no vote.

At one point, McCain crossed the Senate to speak with Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, and was surrounded by a crowd of Democrats, who appeared upbeat and jovial. Before the vote, he got hugs on the floor from two fellow longtime lawmakers, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Both Collins and Murkowski voted no before McCain, who waited until after the full roll call of senators came and went before catching the attention of the chamber and putting his thumb down. Audible gasps could be heard in the chamber as he cast the vote.

The legislation that failed was a far cry from the repeal-and-replace measure the House passed, or the repeal bill Senate Republicans passed in 2015. It would have undone key provisions of the Affordable Care Act by gutting the individual mandate, temporarily removing the employer health care mandate, repealing the tax on medical devices and defunding Planned Parenthood for one year.

It was the simplest version of the legislation McConnell thought could pass the chamber. He unveiled it just after 10 Thursday night, and the vote was scheduled to take place shortly after midnight. After the delay to try to persuade McCain, Collins or Murkowski to sign on to the bill, the Senate voted shortly before 2 a.m.

The dramatic failure capped a suspenseful and uncertain day on Capitol Hill, with Republican senators expressing doubts in the late afternoon hours about the details of what they would vote on. Many were opposed to the policy details of the legislation, and said they were supporting it only as a means to begin a conference with the House, hoping the two chambers could craft something that could pass several weeks down the road. Few senators were supportive of the legislation on its own, and though the vast majority ultimately backed it, many of them expressed hope that it would not become law in its current state.

McCain, along with Johnson and Sen. Lindsey Graham, held a press conference in the late afternoon signaling that they would oppose the legislation unless they received assurances from Speaker Paul Ryan that the House would not simply pass the legislation and send it to Trump to sign.

Graham called the repeal bill “woefully inadequate” in the afternoon, and later called it “terrible” and a “fraud.” Others shared the sentiment. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that the legislation would have caused 16 million fewer people to have health insurance next year, and for health insurance premiums to rise by 20 percent.

Ryan ultimately gave an assurance. He put out a statement in the early evening saying that going to conference was “something that the House is willing to do.” But he also made clear that Senate Republicans needed to prove they could pass a comprehensive replacement plan, which the House had already done, and he gave no guarantee that the plan before the Senate would never come up for a vote in the lower chamber. There was frustration among House Republicans, according to aides, that the Senate was asking for assurances when they had yet to pass a bill. Ryan later spoke to five senators — though notably not McCain — on speakerphone in Sen. John Cornyn’s office just off the Senate floor to repeat his guarantee that the bill would go to conference. His assurances convinced all five to support the legislation.

“This is something we’ve got to move on. That’s why I’m taking a chance on this skinny bill,” said Sen. David Perdue, who shared the group of five’s concerns but was not part of the call with Ryan. “I would not want the skinny bill to be the law of the land. The only reason I’m voting on it is as a vehicle to get to conference.”

After the five senators came out in favor of the GOP plan, most eyes in the Senate turned to McCain as the likeliest lawmaker left to oppose it — Collins and Murkowski, who earlier in the week voted against debating the legislation, were expected to oppose it. At that point, however, McCain’s position was not clear. Even Graham, McCain’s closest friend in the Senate, appeared uncertain.

“I think John is rightfully upset with the process, and whatever he does, he’s earned the right to do it,” he told reporters well before the vote.

Democrats, hoping to persuade McCain to vote no, cited the Arizona Republican’s speech on the Senate floor Tuesday where he criticized the process and product of his party’s health care efforts, and predicted that it would fail.

After the vote, Democrats sang his praises.

“John McCain is a hero and has courage and does the right thing,” Schumer said.

McConnell, in his speech after the failed vote, said that Democrats had refused to engage “in a serious way” on repealing the law, and challenged them to put forward health care legislation. He said he would not support “bailing out insurance companies” without other reforms.

“I suspect there are not many folks over here that are interested in that.  But it’ll be interesting to see what they have in mind,” McConnell said.

Still, Republicans and Democrats have said for weeks that if the GOP repeal effort failed, there would likely be bipartisan movement on health care legislation. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the health committee, said earlier this month he would hold hearings on health care regardless of the outcome of the repeal effort.

Schumer, in a speech on the floor following the vote, said Democrats were celebrating, but relieved.

“Obamacare was hardly perfect. It did a lot of good things, but it needs improvement,” he said. “I hope that one part of turning that page is that we go back to regular order, work in the committees together to improve Obamacare.”….”

Why Replace Obamacare WITH ANYTHING?

Why Replace Obamacare with Anything?

by Claire Hawks   at American Thinker:Claire Hawks

 

“Obamacare, like almost everything the government is in charge of, is undoubtedly a disaster and needs to be repealed.  Why should it be replaced with anything?  We already have an extensive Medicaid program, which was supposedly designed to provide a safety net for those unable to afford insurance.  Like most if not all government programs, it is rife with fraud and abuses.

Medicare is another disaster.  The majority of people think this is a free government program that pays 80% of everything.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Seniors pay for Medicare, and Medicare pays for 80% of what Medicare thinks you should have been billed.  For example, if your doctor charges you $200 for an annual exam, Medicare might decide that you should have been charged only $100, and it will pay 80%, or $80, of that amount.  The Medicare enrollee is left with a bill for $120.  That’s why almost all seniors have what is called “gap” insurance, a secondary insurance, which can be costly but pays most or all of the gap left between what you are billed and what Medicare pays.  The same holds true for all medical testing and hospitalizations.

One of the popular narratives for replacing Obamacare is that so many people were uninsured before its passage and need to be insured.  What I haven’t heard is who these people are.  I know that a good portion of them are young people who choose not to have health insurance.  Since when did the government decide how a person should live his life?  And should it?

Another portion are those with pre-existing conditions.  Unless someone was born with congenital defects, these people are also mostly those who chose not to have insurance until they acquired a medical problem; were without insurance; and found that insurance, once they had this problem, was very costly.  There may be some companies, if you are going from job to job, who will not cover you if you have a pre-existing condition, but I’m not aware of any.

Compare health insurance with car insurance.  If you feel you are an incredibly safe driver and choose not to have any, or adequate, insurance, what happens if you are in a serious and costly collision?  It certainly isn’t the responsibility of the government to bail you out for your poor choice.  And if you try, after this costly collision, to increase your auto insurance or get insurance, you will probably find yourself in a high-risk pool paying incredible amounts of money.  No one expects the American taxpayers to pay for your poor decisions.

So why should the American taxpayers pay for your poor medical decisions?  They shouldn’t.

Another thing touted as popular is keeping children on their parents’ policy until they are 26 years old.  This sounds good, but 26-year-olds are not children.  By all indices, they are adults.  Yes, a lot of them are still living at home – but why?  What are they doing with their money?  Looking at the adult children of people I know, they are having a wonderful time, spending their money on cars I can’t afford at 72 because I realize that Medicare pays very little of hospital bills and I need a good secondary insurance, clothes, and miscellaneous other things.  These young people are the ones who probably, when they turn 26, won’t get their own insurance.  Again, should the taxpayers be responsible for their poor decisions and priorities?

It seems to be all about priorities.  There are certain things in life that should be a priority.  Medical insurance should be one of those.  There’s an idea for a mandatory high school class – what is a priority and how to establish those priorities.  But that would be a sensible, worthwhile class and definitely not part of the liberal agenda.

Another reason against government health care is that, legally, no one is ever turned away from a hospital based on ability to pay.  I spent years working in information technology with hospital accounting.  I know not only how many millions of dollars in only free care were provided by the hospital, but how many millions of dollars were written off as bad debts and how many debts were worked out with patients for a nominal monthly charge – with no late fees or charges.  If a hospital accepts Medicare and Medicaid, it is required to provide a certain amount of “charitable” care or risk losing its funding from these sources.  Not only that, but every hospital I have been associated with has staff who specifically assist people who are uninsured to apply for Medicaid.

There is no magic formula for deciding what any individual needs in health insurance, just as there isn’t a magic formula for deciding what type of auto insurance an individual needs.  This is a personal decision and should be made by the persons directly involved – not the government and definitely not by Congress, whose members live in their elitist bubble and have a wonderful health care program and know almost nothing about medical insurance.

Government insurance is just another step toward socialized medicine, where the government will be deciding not only what type and amount of insurance you need, but how you should be cared for.

Obamacare, like almost everything the government is in charge of, is undoubtedly a disaster and needs to be repealed.  Why should it be replaced with anything?  We already have an extensive Medicaid program, which was supposedly designed to provide a safety net for those unable to afford insurance.  Like most if not all government programs, it is rife with fraud and abuses.

Medicare is another disaster.  The majority of people think this is a free government program that pays 80% of everything.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Seniors pay for Medicare, and Medicare pays for 80% of what Medicare thinks you should have been billed.  For example, if your doctor charges you $200 for an annual exam, Medicare might decide that you should have been charged only $100, and it will pay 80%, or $80, of that amount.  The Medicare enrollee is left with a bill for $120.  That’s why almost all seniors have what is called “gap” insurance, a secondary insurance, which can be costly but pays most or all of the gap left between what you are billed and what Medicare pays.  The same holds true for all medical testing and hospitalizations.

One of the popular narratives for replacing Obamacare is that so many people were uninsured before its passage and need to be insured.  What I haven’t heard is who these people are.  I know that a good portion of them are young people who choose not to have health insurance.  Since when did the government decide how a person should live his life?  And should it?

Another portion are those with pre-existing conditions.  Unless someone was born with congenital defects, these people are also mostly those who chose not to have insurance until they acquired a medical problem; were without insurance; and found that insurance, once they had this problem, was very costly.  There may be some companies, if you are going from job to job, who will not cover you if you have a pre-existing condition, but I’m not aware of any.

Compare health insurance with car insurance.  If you feel you are an incredibly safe driver and choose not to have any, or adequate, insurance, what happens if you are in a serious and costly collision?  It certainly isn’t the responsibility of the government to bail you out for your poor choice.  And if you try, after this costly collision, to increase your auto insurance or get insurance, you will probably find yourself in a high-risk pool paying incredible amounts of money.  No one expects the American taxpayers to pay for your poor decisions.

So why should the American taxpayers pay for your poor medical decisions?  They shouldn’t.

Another thing touted as popular is keeping children on their parents’ policy until they are 26 years old.  This sounds good, but 26-year-olds are not children.  By all indices, they are adults.  Yes, a lot of them are still living at home – but why?  What are they doing with their money?  Looking at the adult children of people I know, they are having a wonderful time, spending their money on cars I can’t afford at 72 because I realize that Medicare pays very little of hospital bills and I need a good secondary insurance, clothes, and miscellaneous other things.  These young people are the ones who probably, when they turn 26, won’t get their own insurance.  Again, should the taxpayers be responsible for their poor decisions and priorities?

It seems to be all about priorities.  There are certain things in life that should be a priority.  Medical insurance should be one of those.  There’s an idea for a mandatory high school class – what is a priority and how to establish those priorities.  But that would be a sensible, worthwhile class and definitely not part of the liberal agenda.

Another reason against government health care is that, legally, no one is ever turned away from a hospital based on ability to pay.  I spent years working in information technology with hospital accounting.  I know not only how many millions of dollars in only free care were provided by the hospital, but how many millions of dollars were written off as bad debts and how many debts were worked out with patients for a nominal monthly charge – with no late fees or charges.  If a hospital accepts Medicare and Medicaid, it is required to provide a certain amount of “charitable” care or risk losing its funding from these sources.  Not only that, but every hospital I have been associated with has staff who specifically assist people who are uninsured to apply for Medicaid.

There is no magic formula for deciding what any individual needs in health insurance, just as there isn’t a magic formula for deciding what type of auto insurance an individual needs.  This is a personal decision and should be made by the persons directly involved – not the government and definitely not by Congress, whose members live in their elitist bubble and have a wonderful health care program and know almost nothing about medical insurance.

Government insurance is just another step toward socialized medicine, where the government will be deciding not only what type and amount of insurance you need, but how you should be cared for.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/07/why_replace_obamacare_with_anything.html

Priebus Resigns….John F. Kelly to Become White House Chief of Staff

PRIEBUS IS OUT [UPDATED]

The following  article was written by Paul Mirengoff at PowerLine:

“This afternoon, President Trump tweeted:

I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration.

Whether, and for how long, Trump will continue to view Kelly as a “star” after he enters the chaos of Trump World is anyone’s guess.

I don’t doubt that Kelly is a great American and a great leader. But as events play out, will Trump really want a great leader in the chief of staff position? My sense is that he wants great followers.

I wonder whether Gen. Kelly knows what he’s in for.

As for Priebus, whom Anthony Scaramucci called a f—ing paranoid schizophrenic,” I’m reminded of the cliche “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that everyone isn’t out to get you.” It may not be long before everyone is out to get Gen. Kelly, Great American though he is.

UPDATE: I should add that if Kelly stops, or even substantially reduce, the leaking coming out of the White House, he will perform a huge service that more than justifies his selection.

If he can persuade President Trump to stop, or even substantially reduce, his inflammatory tweeting, Kelly should be elected to the chief-of-staff hall of fame.”

(It was revealed earlier this evening that Reince Priebus had turned in his resignation yesterday afternoon.   Donald Trump was very respectful of Priebus for his tremendous effort “marrying” Mr. Trump to the Republican Party or the Republican Party to candidate Trump leading him to become America’s 45th President.)