It is the Political Version of Professional Wrestling: Fake Fights for Gullible Audiences

Now to add insult to injury, Senate leadership is fighting full Obamacare repeal and pushing to keep Obamacare provisions that have led to sky-high premiums.

It is the Political Version of Professional Wrestling: Fake Fights for Gullible Audiences
By J. Allen Tharp

 By J. Allen Tharp

In my article last week, I explained that the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) does not decrease Medicaid spending. It doesn’t cut it next year. It doesn’t cut it in ten years. It never decreases Medicaid spending, although you have been hearing the exact opposite from both sides of the aisle.

I explained that the reason you are not hearing the truth is that neither Democrats nor liberal establishment Republicans really want to reform Medicaid and don’t really want to repeal Obamacare. They are both just actors in a show that is put on to dupe their constituents. The Democrats engage in this sophistry over Medicaid to pretend that they are fighting cruel, heartless Republicans to keep them from killing millions of Americans with their draconian cuts that will push grandma off the cliff and take medical care away from sick infants. 

Establishment Republicans play along and pretend that they are being good custodians of taxpayers money by making believe that they are repealing Obamacare, as well as pretending that they are making substantive changes to a doomed Medicaid program that is going broke in a few short years if major reforms are not forthcoming. 

It’s all political theater orchestrated to fool enough voters to win the next election, while nothing is really being changed. The analogy I often use is that it is the political version of professional wrestling: fake fights for gullible audiences.

For details on the Medicaid scam, see my article in last week’s San Antonio Tea Party Revere Report or click here .

This week I want to continue breaking down the Senate bill into small bite-sized pieces, so that it is easy to see what a sham this bill is and how disingenuous Senate leadership is. So now let’s focus on how this Senate proposal continues the Obamacare bailouts for big insurance companies.

Obamacare subsidizes big insurance companies with subsidies they called cost-sharing reduction payments. The BCRA unbelievably proposes to continue these costly payments to insurance companies, although nothing in the Constitution empowers the Federal government to subsidize private companies and no conservative could support such a plan. 

It is not just Allen Tharp and every other Constitutional conservative saying this. The House Republicans also knew that these subsidies were illegal because they took the Obama administration to court in 2015 to end this very program, arguing that these payments to insurance companies were unconstitutional.

The House GOP won their case. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with them. She ruled that the Federal Government had no right to subsidize private companies and that such subsidies were illegal and unconstitutional.

Rather than supporting and abiding by this ruling, however, the Senate BCRA proposes to nullify this huge legal victory for America in the battle to undo Obamacare and spend $28 billion more dollars bailing out insurance companies and propping up the failing Obamacare exchanges. What a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory! This is further evidence that Senate leadership is fighting to keep as much of Obamacare in place as they can.

It seems especially Kafkaesque that the Senate would even contemplate including provisions in a bill that both the courts and the House have already deemed unconstitutional. Could they really expect the House to now support something they have previously taken such a strong stance against? If the House now did a flip-flop and supported these illegal subsidies, they would be revealed as total hypocrites and liars.

Now to add insult to injury, Senate leadership is fighting full Obamacare repeal and pushing to keep Obamacare provisions that have led to sky-high premiums. McConnell would rather work with the big-government liberals that gave us Obamacare and now want a single-payer system than work with conservatives to implement free-market reforms. McConnell is refusing to support any conservative solutions, such as those offered by Cruz, Paul, and Lee.  Unfortunately it is typical of McConnell to threaten to ditch conservatives and work with Democrats to pass bills that Democrats will support—and that is exactly what he is doing on this bill. 

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.

 

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2 Responses to "It is the Political Version of Professional Wrestling: Fake Fights for Gullible Audiences"

  1. Ray Wilkinson  July 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I have been with the San Antonio Tea Party since 2009. I am very proud of what the SATP has accomplished. We survived the IRS! A huge task in itself given the intent was to shut us down. That was a set back though. We continue the fight.

    Just having the website, the Revere Report and being able to make on line comments is a marvelous accomplishment. We spent a lot of time, money and effort to have this site made available to the public. We know how many folks read it. It’s a lot. We continue to provide good information.

    The republican party is a huge disappointment. Sadly, after all we have done for them, they continue to fumble the ball.

    Ray

  2. SATP  July 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    (Ed Note: this comment came to SATP as a message. We paste it here as inditive of sentiment among conservative activists.)

    I have been a member of the San Antonio Tea Party since April 15, 2009, DAY ONE. And I am highly disappointed in our collective progress since I was the Original Web Master for the San Antonio Tea Party.
    The Republican Party has lost MY VOTE because they are playing politics with their simple promise of OBAMACARE to REMOVE and REPLACE IT.

    Since THE REPUBLICAN PARTY can not and will not follow THE PRESIDENT’S PROMISES, I will cease to FUND and VOTE republican. The GOAL WAS 100 Days, then it became 200 Days not it might be 3rd Quarter or NEVER!!!

    YOU LIED and YOU’LL DIE, Politically. You will be voted out of office and a CONSERVATIVE will be voted in or a lousy democrat will replace you because you LIED!!!

    TRUMP has done his job and the HOUSE and SENATE LIED and Wasted Time and the Governor has done his job but the HOUSE and SENATE LIED and Wasted Time and you will be VOTED OUT by REPUBLICANS becoming CONSERVATIVES instead.

    Have a wonderful week,

    (Ed Note; name withheld)

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