When a senator utters these words, be very afraid:

“We have to pass the bill, so you can find out what is in it.”  

A nasty little secret about Obamacare is the money and coercion leveraged to get the law implemented. There are good reasons why it was passed in the middle of the night and only squeaked through by a narrow margin, to pass into law March 23, 2010. Republicans were so outraged, they protested and made signs! But nobody listened. The democrats were in total charge and they rammed through legislation and laughed in our faces as they did so. Democrats said they knew what was best for our country. So, how’s that been working for you? The executive action President Trump just signed eliminates billions of dollars going directly to insurance companies. Please note: the billions were going to insurance companies – not to people who need insurance. So, in fact, it was a pay-off for the insurance companies to even participate. Even with this influx of money, insurance companies are dropping out of the Affordable Care Act, because it’s anything but affordable. If you feel badly for the poor people the money was supposed to help – don’t. They’ve already dropped off the Obamacare rolls because they can’t afford the skyrocketing premiums.

This just proves the billions paid to them to get into this poorly structured idea wasn’t enough. There’s never going to be enough. This link shows a map on how many insurers are pulling out of Obamacare, thus hastening its demise.

Another coercive action taken to get Obamacare passed was to encourage individual states to greatly expand their Medicaid program. The federal government would split the cost with them to make it less of a financial burden on the state. Many large states took this bait. However, there’s a catch. Once Obamacare failed, and please understand this behemoth government blunder was actually designed to fail – the states would have massive amounts of people on Medicaid – which really should be called “Medical Welfare”. Medicaid was originally designed for chronically disabled and blind people. But, now able-bodied people are being added to the rolls daily. Bingo: Now you have single-payer government health insurance for all. Right?

Um – not right. The wealthy are opting for concierge medical services – in other words, making an agreement with a doctor and paying out of pocket for most medical care. They’ve completely opted out of Obamacare. Middle income working-class people are the ones suffering the most. As usual, the working class are the ones left holding the bag. They’re now paying more and getting less.

Why did this model fail? It’s simple. To insure those who are terminally ill, cover drug addiction programs with multiple inpatient and outpatient usage, pay for abortions, mental illness hospitalizations – chiropractic services – well, you get the picture: “health” insurance is now being mandated to cover EVERYTHING. As more and more mandates are added to health insurance – the more expensive it will become; Obamacare has been a case study proving this to be a fact. 

So, here we are on the horns of a dilemma. Now that Obamacare is on its last legs – and is failing – there are states who will be left holding the bag for huge Medicaid payments. This would’ve happened whether or not President Trump intervened with his executive order. States will now have no federal funding for Medicaid – it’s all on them. That was the deal.

The governor of my state refused to accept the Medicaid candy from the federal government, because he was wise enough to see the writing on the wall. If he had accepted it, it would’ve added $500 million to the state’s payments. But, many other governors took the bait – and now they will have extremely high payments to make for Medicaid payments. And here’s the kicker. Some of the states who were smart enough not to accept the Medicaid bribe – think they’re safe? Think again. Referendum are being pushed by big progressive donors in some of those states. It’s frightening to me because language in referendums cannot be changed by the legislature of the state. Beware of this form of “pure” democracy – it takes away the idea of a representative republic. There’s a reason we vote for lawyers to review legislation – they generally understand the language. To expect citizens to read hundreds of pages of a referendum language and completely understand it, is a bridge too far.

When you’re in the voting booth, remember this: democrats are trying to grow Medicaid. And, here’s the major reason: they want a dependent population to ensure they’ll remain in office. Does the vision of plantation come to mind here? Yes. Poor people with no power to ever rise above, beholden to those who dole out their meager benefits. This is a 21st Century form of slavery.

Meanwhile, more and more former middle-income people have lost their jobs and are using Medicaid. Also, more immigrants have been brought to our shores through the Obama administrations’ programs and lack of oversight. This perfect storm has created a ballooning effect of people on a government health program – that was originally intended to help only the chronically disabled.

Viewing this link to a Medicaid expansion map shows which states are now on the hook for the expansion once Obamacare takes its last gasp.

And, don’t cry too much about the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill failing to pass. That monstrosity would’ve block-granted money to those states who accepted the Medicaid “bait”. Block grant means your hard-earned tax money paid to the federal government will be siphoned off and given to a state so it can take on the burden of swelling Medicaid recipients. Graham-Cassidy had many flaws in it – too many to list here. That would be a separate article.

The only path forward to real reform is to get the federal government out of healthcare. (Think about the problems the Veterans Administration has had – Medicare is a mess, too. Too many bureaucratic layers of decision-making and very poor delivery of services.)

In order to get government out of our personal relationship with the doctor of our choice is to do a clean repeal of Obamacare. Then, let the free market do what it does best.

Independent author, Ava Armstrong, writes thrillers and romance – yes, she dares to combine the two; such a renegade! After more than a decade in corporate America with a four-billion dollar company, Armstrong decided to focus on her true love: writing literature that could be read by the average human being.

Ava describes herself as a Constitutional Conservative, and sleeps with a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver. She has one child, whom she loves, and her collection of firearms, which she loves slightly less, and a special affinity for Glocks and tactical shotguns. Her favorite things are the smell of molten metal at the shooting range, motor oil that drips from vintage 1940’s Indian motorcycles, and the scent of sandalwood soap. You’d have to read her novels to understand that more deeply.

Who are the heroes in Ava’s novels? Everyday men and women who do extraordinary things. Veterans, policemen, farmers, hard-working middle-class folks, all striving and struggling to make the world a better place. From homeless vets to women living quiet lives of desperation, Armstrong transports readers to a small town, writing complex characters and stories that often stir strong emotion.