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A Republican Alternative to Obamacare

Whitebeard Wrote: Dec 14, 2014 10:37 AM
1. Eliminate or drastically reduce corporate taxes, i.e. bring industry and commerce back to America...allowing nearly every able bodied American to work for a living and afford health insurance. 2. Eliminate the requirement that Hospitals (the ER) treat every person who gets through the door regardless of ability to pay for services. Does the grocer owe me food just because I made it into his store? This, alone, would incentivise millions of the uninsured to acquire insurance. 3. Eliminate nearly all Federal involvement in medical care, but allow the states to support agencies such as the CDC should they believe that a nationally supported agency of that kind would be beneficial to the states (i.e. its citizens). Exceptions might be allowing the Federal Government some authority to deal with pandemics, bioterrorism, etc. 4. Stop teaching Socialism to our children; start teaching reality. We may be "equal" with respect to political functions, but we are not equal with respect to genetic inheritance, circumstances of life, etc. Expecting equal outcomes for every case of a given illness or injury is a unicornian fantasy.
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It’s Time To Kill The ‘Lame Duck’

Whitebeard Wrote: Dec 14, 2014 10:11 AM
Thanks for the reference, James. I like most of them but can't agree with term limits.
No argument from me on that advice, H8.
kudos for elaboration, Jason. I take it that you believe the root cause of problems in Washington is greed. Those members of the House or Senate, then, who voted for Boehner and McConnell must have believed that they would benefit, financially (or, perhaps, in other ways) in return for their vote. How do we fix that?
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Thank you Kirk. Re the leadership, I am trying to suggest that Boehner and McConnell are not the problem, per se; the problem is that a majority of their peers elected them to the positions they hold - but no one seems to want to acknowledge that fact.
Agree with you, H8; I think Ted Cruz should be the Senate Majority Leader. I would support Scott Walker, but I still think Sarah Palin would be the breath of fresh air that Washington needs.
Jason, no disrespect intended, but as an explanation your reply is too brief or terse. Care to elaborate?
A continuing resolution would have been the most appropriate step until the new Congress is seated. Should Harry Reid have balked, any "government shutdown" would have been on him and his fellow corruptocrats. BTW, how do the Congressional "leaders" become leaders? They are not appointed or anointed. They are elected by their peers. So, the question is: why were Boehner and McConnell elected?
While there may be a grain of truth to what you claim, you are forgetting that the leaders of the House and Senate are elected by the members of the House and Senate. Moreover, McConnell has not been...and still is not...the leader of the Senate; Harry Reid has had that position.
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