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Dismantling Obamacare has thrown Washington into a tizzy. But, the President made two decisions last week that are going to force congress to get up off its collective butt and stop playing politics with healthcare. First, young people are no longer going to be forced to purchase plans they don’t believe they need.

By Pat Merriman

Forget for a second that most of us back in our 20’s-30’s made it just fine with inexpensive major medical plans. We paid for a catastrophe not for everything. The Obamanites convinced the Millenials that health “insurance” (not care) was a constitutional right. Which, of course, has to be paid for. And, congress never did its job and stopped this nonsense before it ever got started.

That didn’t stop our last Prez from ignoring the constitution and creating this new right anyway.

All President Trump did was use the same stroke of a pen to undo it. Ending illegal federal subsidies which were propping up a system that was failing in dramatic, public style. And, crushing those of us in the middle class in the process.

Now the professional welfare class is crying “foul”. And, that’s the reality of the situation. Libs cry that nearly 20 million “vulnerable” people will be kicked off insurance rolls. So? As I have pointed out in the past, the real problem with health “care” is the ridiculous profits being made by “charity” hospitals and “clinics” who make our system the most expensive in the world simply because they can. Sue a hospital sometime for their billing tactics and watch them negotiate!

And, all that Obamacare did was provide a windfall to health “insurance” providers. The reality is that the left wants a free, national healthcare system. Paid for by taxpayers—from each according to his ability and to each according to his needs. And, to force that viewpoint—the current system imposes artificial constraints on insurance providers, restricts the free market and imposes mandatory costs for every politically-correct, non-essential “care” of which the mind can conceive.

Second, Trump is right. Small businesses should be allowed to band together and, thereby, get lower rates from insurance companies and, “insurance” should be only for emergencies and cater to the middle class. And, instead of providing another “free” giveaway, the federal government needs to get out of the bottomless pit of subsidies. It has never worked…why would it now?

Finally, it’s time for congress to do its job. America is not a liberal monarchy or a communist/socialist dictatorship—it’s a democratic republic formed to allow each of us to “pursue” our own happiness not be a slave to the government’s whim. Obama’s 2009 “cash for clunkers” bailout of the automobile industry was a dismal failure! So is his “cash for coverage” Obamacare. Health “insurance” is not the answer. Addressing unfair policy terms like preexisting coverage and deductibles is, along with unfair marketing practices!

And, at the end of the day, if huge hospital consortiums want to keep their “tax free” status, they can darn well do what they did prior to HMO’s—provide actual charity to the poor who can’t afford their “emergency” services. And, welfare recipients need to understand that they are not “entitled” to blanket coverage either. Libs—do us a favor, stop insulting our intelligence with the same, tired rhetoric—”women, children and the elderly will be unfairly hurt”!

Everyone is being hurt because “costs” are being driven up…by you! At the end of the day, someone actually has to pay for this stuff. And, it’s not “fair” to those who actually pay taxes for those who don’t.

Pat Merriman is the Dunn County State Attorney. He is a photographer and also officiates high school and college athletics events in the area.

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