What does “repeal and replace” mean to you? We heard the phrase used over and over again by our Washington Republicans since the Obamacare shackles were clamped on us in 2010. The phrase certainly embodied the great hope of most Americans coming into our last national election.
Remember that to rid us of Obamacare, Republicans implored us to give them a majority in the House of Representatives. This gave rise to the conservative Tea Party through whose efforts, Republicans were given the House majority they stated they needed to effect a “repeal and replace”. However, having the House proved to not be enough and Obamacare continued to grow and metastasize.
Then the Republicans told us that to really “repeal and replace” Obamacare they had to have a majority in the Senate as well as the House. So we voted in a Republican majority in the Senate while maintaining the House majority, but again Obamacare lived on because the Republicans then told us the namesake for the disaster still occupied the White House.
So last year we voters “replaced” the “organizer-in-chief” with an outsider, a successful businessman, one who would drain the Washington swamp and finally rid us of our healthcare disaster. He proclaimed while campaigning:
“Obamacare is a disaster. It will be repealed and replaced as sure as you’re sitting there. Repealed and replaced. Thank you. And we will have alternatives that will be so good, that’s so much less expensive. So much better. You will actually be able to keep your doctor and to have your plan.”
Now my understanding of what “repeal and replace” means is simple and straightforward as it probably is for you. The most common definition of the verb “repeal” is to revoke or annul. That’s the way I understand it.
Most of us would define the verb “replace” as to put something new in place of an existing thing. Nothing confusing or ambiguous here, right?
Unless you have been off-planet this week, you know that the House passed the long awaited “repeal and replace” legislation which turns out now to be more “tweak and spin” than “repeal and replace” as our Republican elite assured us. Some window dressing has changed, new language introduced but only maybe 10% of the original Obamacare provisions and mandates have changed.
In our new leader’s quote cited above, he makes a point of saying this new bill will be much less expensive for us. Have you heard any of the pundits spinning the bill delineate how much less individuals will be paying in premiums and deductibles under the new provisions? No. Not a word because premiums and deductibles will not be coming down. But look, the administration got its win and that’s what really counts, right?
So, though we the voters have voted over and over again for a return to a freer, more capitalistic society things just keep moving left. Just look at how the latest budget kabuki dance turned out. With Republicans controlling the White House and Congress, we fully funded Planned Parenthood, the EPA budget, border security for several Middle Eastern countries but not the United States, and sanctuary cities. There was only a very moderate increase for defense. The bill was so bad that every Democrat in the Senate voted for it!
Look, I’m really not trying to trash our new administration. In the area of national security and law enforcement, so far I give it an A grade. However, I’m making a larger point here that the federal government is far too big, far too tyrannical and will never, never reform itself. It is moving hard left. Republicans won’t stop this since there is really only one party in Washington. The Republicans love big government and its crushing of the individual as much as Democrats. Electing more Republicans is not going to change this dynamic. Whoever new we send will just be corrupted.
Therefore, we need to dramatically change Washington before it’s too late. There is only one way to put the federal government back into the box the Framers intended it to be limited to – amending the Constitution through a convention of states process as provided for in Article V of the Constitution.
Thirty-four states can convene a convention for proposing amendments to the Constitution. Agreed on amendments would then be submitted to the state legislatures for a vote. Thirty-eight of the state legislatures would have to vote to ratify the proposed amendments and officially amend the Constitution. The feds in Washington have no ability to oppose the new changes. They would be bound by the adopted amendments.
Therefore the states have the power to impose term limits on Congress (and maybe judges), to require a balanced budget, and to change the Senate back to being elected by the individual state legislatures all without the Washington technocrats having a say in the matter. Many other amendment possibilities are being proposed but you get the idea.
Just this week, Texas became the eleventh state to commit to a convention. Marxists are starting to get nervous because they know the power the states have to rein in their tyranny. I hear George Soros is starting to write checks to thwart the Article V effort. Do not believe any hysterical hyperventilating about a runaway convention. This is absolute fear mongering nonsense.
Our Framers provided this mechanism for just what we are seeing today – a tyrannical federal government careening out of control. The Article V provision is the only mechanism we have left for peacefully changing our government. If your state hasn’t yet committed, urge your representatives to get on board. Our Republic depends on it.
Who is Responsible for Obama Care Now – Republicans or Democrats? How will the failed Health Care Bill affect the elections in 2018? How will the failed Health Care Bill Act will affect the GA 6th Congressional District election? When Obama Care collapses who will the voters hold responsible #BKP thinks that the Republicans now own Obama care, lock stock, and barrel, and 2018 voters will hold Republicans responsible for the collapse. Republicans broke the biggest promise that they made to the American people. They can no longer go back to the well and say they are the party that can deliver.
The failed American Health Care Act just changed the entire GA 6th Congressional District race. Karen Handel releases a very good campaign video going after John Ossoff but can Republicans promise to stop Nancy Pelosi’s agenda? And that they are the party that can deliver? Although Handel’s campaign video may have the right message, it may be the wrong time. #BKP explains how the failed bill may be a gift to Ossoff and leaves Republican candidates scrambling to decide which side of the Republican party they are on. Three strikes and the Republican party could lose the House.
GA 9th District Congressman, Doug Collins, was the floor leader Friday for the American Health Care Act Debate. We asked Congressman Collins if the Health Care Bill was dead? Could they overcome Republican gridlock in the House to take on President Donald Trump’s Tax Reform Policy? You will be shocked to hear the Congressman’s answer! Collins goes on to talk about how this bill would have defunded planned parenthood. You will hear the Congressman’s frustration that that did not happen.
Does the thought of Nancy Pelosi once again being Speaker of the House terrify you? After the failed attempt to repeal and replace Obama Care the American people put health care squarely on the shoulders of the Republicans. Republicans will need to pass health care, tax reform and fund the construction of a wall on our southern border. April 18th we will find out how much trouble the Republicans may be in with voters. That’s election day in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia. Democrats need 24 seats to take over The House. If their candidate, Jon Ossoff, wins that may put in motion what Democrats hope to be 23 more seats in 2018.
There are 435 seats in The House of Representatives. See the statistics of past years below:
– 2004 –
- Republicans: 232
- Democrats: 202
A difference of 30 seats.
- Democrats: 233
- Republicans: 202
The Democrats won 31 seats and took control.
President Obama was elected.
- Democrats: 257
- Republicans: 178
The Democrats won another 21 seats.
Republicans take back control.
- Republicans: 242
- Democrats: 193
The Republicans increased 63 seats. This was the largest single shift in an election cycle.
- Republicans: 234
- Democrats: 201
The Republicans lost 8 seats.
- Republicans: 247
- Democrats: 188
The Republicans gained 13 seats.
- Republicans: 241
- Democrats: 194
The Republicans lost 6 seats.
24 seats is what the Democrats need to take back over control.
Who will hold The House of Representatives in 2018?
The American Health Care Plan to repeal and replace Obama Care should be done at one time. Senator Ted Cruz, in an interview on Face the Nation, discussing the three buckets of the Health Care Plan: 1) Pass the American Health Care Plan 2) Administrative 3) Legislative. Cruz said, the notion that you can’t pass everything at one time is fundamentally false. Cruz calls the Legislative bucket, the third bucket for suckers. Mitch McConnell thinks he can use Obama Care in one more election to get 60 Senate Republican votes.