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SERGEANT YORK AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT


By John F. Di Leo –

Reflections on Enemies, Warriors, and Duty…

As I write these words, hundreds of Republican, libertarian, and independent politicians, civil servants, and think tank analysts on Capitol Hill are working to finally overturn the monstrous law called the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. And just as many Democrats are working just as feverishly to thwart the effort.

Now, before we get into the details, we should first begin by considering a crucial issue: Obamacare is a misnomer: it’s not REALLY Obama’s program.

Barack Obama didn’t write the bill (in all his years as a legislator, he’s never written a major bill). Barack Obama just did the necessary lying to sell it, and then he signed it once it was passed. It is a product of the Democrat Congressional caucus and the socialist think tank arena, written and created by the Democrat party as a whole.

We must mention this because there is a very serious risk that, once it’s repealed, people will forget that Barack Obama’s entire corrupt party deserves the blame for it, forever, and people will instead associate it only with Barack Obama.

And that would be very dangerous to the republic, because the left will raise the idea again, in a decade or two, and then they will claim that the flaw was only in how one man implemented it.

So we must always remember that the flaw of the ACA is at the heart of the concept itself, not in how it was implemented, or after whom it was named.

The ACA represents the modern Democratic approach to government better than most issues, and it has brought them all into public view:

The belief that liberal philosophy outranks the morals and interests of private citizens…
The belief that the public sector is inherently superior to the private sector, despite all evidence…
The belief that outright lying in support of a hated program is not only acceptable, but heroic…
The belief that when millions of individuals suffer, and when millions of companies shrink, flee or collapse, it MUST be because they deserved to.
Only modern Democrat politicians, bureaucrats and analysts – utterly divorced from the real world due to a lifetime in politics – think like that!

World War I and the German Guns

Do you remember the story of Sergeant Alvin York, the subject of a great 1941 movie starring Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan?

During the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in World War I, Alvin York’s squad identified a range of German machine gun nests firing at the American line, so he almost singlehandedly took them out… shooting them with his rifle, then with his pistol, then taking 130 German prisoners.

Alvin York led the team that saved hundreds of American lives that day, and enabled our offensive to move forward in that area, by shutting down those machine gun nests. His heroism won him the Distinguished Service Cross, later upgraded to a Medal of Honor.

These machine gun nests were trained on our troops, stopping our movement forward, taking American lives. They were the very definition of an anti-American, enemy installation.

In a modern analogy, the ACA is also an anti-American enemy installation. The ACA has been a veritable range of machine gun nests with unlimited ammunition, constantly firing on the American people now for almost seven years straight.

Lest you think this is too extreme an analogy, please consider the full effects of the ACA since its unconstitutional “passage” in March, 2010.

Instead of the normal economic boom that follows severe recessions, the American economy has been flat for seven years. Barack Obama is the only president to end two terms without EVER having served during a quarter with even three percent economic growth.

After the 2007-2008 recession that started with the Democrat takeover of the House in 2006, the nation quickly hit bottom and then never came back. All honest analysts will confirm that the primary cause of this stagnation has been this ghastly healthcare nationalization.

This oppressive healthcare mandate – and its resulting state and federal programs and bureaucracies – are a range of machine gun nests, which have been killing jobs, killing businesses, killing new business start-ups, killing doctors’ offices and insurance companies and medical clinics, for seven years now.

The ACA has turned full time employees into part timers, forced manufacturers to move offshore, denied coverage to individuals by operating death panels, rendered manufacturers unable to compete with foreign sources, or simply bankrupted people by doubling, trebling, quadrupling their insurance costs – for seven painful years.

The very day it was passed and signed, companies started adjusting their operations, moving production lines, giving up expansion plans, slowing or stopping hiring, looking overseas for less painful options.

And the day it is fully repealed – the day when the mandate is removed, and insurance costs can go back to normal – those businesses and entrepreneurs will again be free to operate in the United States.

The Republican Party is today’s Sergeant York. The Republican majorities in the House and Senate voted this week to repeal the ACA… to finally take out that machine gun nest and free our economy from its horror.

Resistance from Within

Now… we must turn a bit from the actual history and imagine an alternative spin on our analogy for a moment.

When Sergeant York was a sniper – on our side – taking aim and working to take out those German machine gun nests… what if some of his fellow American soldiers had tried to knock his rifle out of his hands, and to steal his pistol from its holster during the action?

This didn’t happen, of course… but what if it did?

What if some of his fellow Americans had tried to thwart his efforts to protect the American line from those enemy guns?

I know. We can’t imagine such a thing. Their colleagues were being killed; they themselves were being shot at… of course, they were overjoyed to support Sergeant York’s efforts.

But if it happened… if these fellow American soldiers had tried to thwart Sergeant York’s heroism… What names would come to mind, to describe such obstructionists?

Traitors. Killers. Moles. Turncoats.

Yes, those are the names.

And as the Republicans work around the clock to save Americans from ACA… that is EXACTLY what Democrat politicians, bureaucrats, and the talking heads on television are trying to do.

Rather than acknowledging their failure, rather than admitting to the unprecedented destruction of human lives that the ACA has caused… Democrat politicians want that machine gun nest to remain in place, because they are more interested in their policies, their love of big government, their love of regulatory control, their ongoing effort to lower everyone in America to the lowest common denominator.

Yes, even if that means continuing to destroy American jobs and American lives forever.

…because the expansion of government and the reduction of personal freedom and prosperity are exactly what today’s Democratic Party exists to do.

Thank Heaven, real Americans outnumber the Democrats enough in Washington today, so we can do our job without their being able to thwart us this time.

We must never forget these experiences, and these images.

And we must never allow our government to erect such a chain of machine gun nests again.

Obamas’ Last White House Party Is A Slap At Trump In The Most CLASSLESS Way Possible

Call it one last bash with the taxpayers’ cash.

Fresh off a two-week luxury vacation in sun-kissed Hawaii, President and First Lady Michelle Obama are making the most of their remaining days in The People’s House by throwing open the doors of the executive mansion Friday to the coolest celebrities Hollywood has to offer.

And considering the same celebs wouldn’t be caught dead at Donald J. Trump’s inauguration next week, the deliberate snub rivals anything a snobbish high school clique would come up with.
he star-struck Washington Post didn’t report it that way, of course. Breathless, unprofessional, and ultimately Obamaphilic, the newspaper that once brought down an American presidency had this morsel of insight.

If this star-studded shindig follows the traditional Obama script, cellphones will be confiscated at the White House security gate and social media crumbs will be few. But afterward, tales of the president’s dance moves and sore feet will make the late-night talk show rounds.
Isn’t that precious? In the world of Washington, an America on the verge of transition to a new chief executive — in a world at war largely thanks to the Nobel Peace Prize president’s stubborn incompetence — waits with breathless anticipation to hear late-night talk show tales of Barack Obama’s “dance moves and sore feet.”

(Will the Russians be blamed for that, too? Maybe the thumb-your-nose moves of this sore loser would be a better focus for truthful followup to this going-away party.)

Meanwhile, the cool kids from school who are going to be invited include the usual glitterati who’ve made ostentatious appearances at the White House throughout the Obama years, according to The Post.
Oprah Winfrey, who bookended the Obamas’ presidential career with interviews of Barack in 2004 (Oprah called him “The One”) and Michelle in December (Michelle said she had “no hope” after Trump’s election as Oprah nodded in sympathy).

Then there’s cop-hating actor Samuel Jackson, cop-hating rapper Usher, cop-hating diva Beyonce and her cop-hating husband, Jay Z.

(If you’re seeing a pattern here, you’re obviously a delusional, cop-loving racist.)

Some other names The Washington Post floated for the Obamas’ last bash blowout included “Star Wars” director J.J. Adams, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and actor Bradley Cooper. All of them big-money donors to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, now getting wined and dined at sumptuous taxpayer expense just for being the good liberals they are.
It’s not an accident that the Obamas are holding this celebrity shindig a week before leaving the White House, when the headlines are full of the big-name liberals who’ve declined to grace Trump’s inauguration with their presence. It’s a deliberate snub, aimed at showing the incoming president — and by extension, the millions of Americans who voted for him — just how little they matter to the Beautiful People in the Gilded Age of Obama.

The first couple of classlessness is taking one last chance to show America how the cool kids party. And they’re doing it on the taxpayer dime.

If it weren’t so predictable — so utterly, embarrassingly playing to type — it would just be a disgrace.

Let’s just hope they don’t trash the place.

Assange To Hannity: Source For WikiLeaks Was Not Russian Government - Obama is Wrong


By Ian Schwartz

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In an exclusive interview with FOX News Channel’s Sean Hannity the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange said Russia was not the source for the DNC and John Podesta hacks.

HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Yes. We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.

Hannity’s full interview with Assange will air Tuesday night at 10pm ET. More from the interview:

ASSANGE: Our publications had wide uptake by the American people, they’re all true. But that’s not the allegation that’s being presented by the Obama White House. So, why such a dramatic response? Well, the reason is obvious. They’re trying to delegitimize the Trump administration as it goes into the White House. They are trying to say that President-elect Trump is not a legitimate President…

ASSANGE: Our source is not a state party, so the answer for our interactions is no. But if we look at our most recent statement from the US government, which is on the 29th of December, OK, we had five different branches of government, Treasury, DHS, FBI, White House presenting their accusations to underpin Obama’s throwing out 29 Russian diplomats. What was missing from all of those statements? The word WikiLeaks. It’s very strange.

Here’s how much the Obama family has spent on vacations over the last eight years – 85 Million

TOPSHOT - US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha walk to board Air Force One at Cape Cod Air Force Station in Massachusetts on August 21, 2016 as they depart for Washington after a two-week holiday at nearby Martha's Vineyard. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha walk to board Air Force One at Cape Cod Air Force Station in Massachusetts on August 21, 2016 as they depart for Washington after a two-week holiday at nearby Martha’s Vineyard. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)


Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama and his family have spent more than $10 million a year for travel and vacations, totaling in excess of $85 million — and the number is still growing.

The numbers were revealed Monday by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The organization has been tracking the president’s travel spending for several years and just disclosed, based on bills it received this week, that the first family spent almost $5 million in taxpayer money for their annual Christmas vacation to Hawaii last year.

The Obamas, who will officially move out of the White House on Jan. 20, are expected to leave soon for their annual Christmas trip, which last year lasted from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3.

The exact number for the 2015 holiday trip rang in at $4,823,206.88, which accounted for a robust U.S. Secret Service apparatus, flights and transportation and lodging for the security officials. That number does not include the costs for prepositioning aircraft and ships in the area or much of the necessary communications to protect the president and his family.

“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement on the matter. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”

From the Judicial Watch report:

According to bills obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Secret Service also paid for rooms at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club. The Secret Service also reserved rooms at the Moana Surfrider resort on Waikiki Beach, and the Ala Moana Hotel, which cost a total of $40,249.48 and $671,895.99, respectively.

The Secret Service rented cars from Avis, Alamo, and Hertz — 103 cars for the two-week vacation, totaling $165,893.88 in taxpayer money.

Reportedly, the Obamas stayed at the Hale Reena Estate, which “rents for anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 a night, depending on the season.”
The first family also dined at several top-of-the-line restaurants while they were on the trip, which — in addition to the fees for the food — required presidential-level security.

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the information in January and the documents were released in response to a lawsuit filed on May 6.

Shocker! Obama Caught Stealing…To Pay For What?!

“You know, if the government is going to continue to waste taxpayer money, they could at least have the courtesy to waste it on American citizens, no?”

A great observation, but we all know the reason Democrats hand out “free” things like education, health care and any number of other benefits to immigrants, legal or otherwise. They are buying influence.

There are so many states where no ID is required to vote, and obviously these non-citizens are willing and able to vote the way they’re told every few years in exchange for all these goodies.

However, as jaded as most of us have become to this fact of life, this next story still has the ability to shock:

The Department of Health and Human Services is raiding several of its accounts, including money for Medicare, the Ryan White AIDS/HIV program and those for cancer and flu research to cover a shortfall in housing illegal youths pouring over the border at a rate of 255 a day.

HHS is trying to come up with $167 million to fund the Office of Refugee Resettlement (…)
to pay for “shelters, health care, schooling, recreation, and other services for the new illegal arrivals. (…)

What’s more, it will pay for just one month.

“Recreation”? And what other “services,” one wonders.

Meanwhile, hardworking, law abiding, taxpaying American citizens are struggling to get by from day to day.
Donald Trump can’t take the oath of office a moment too soon

FORMER F.B.I. AGENT RISKS HIS LIFE TO EXPOSE OBAMA’s SECRET PLOT To DESTROY AMERICA FROM WITHIN

Former FBI assistant director James Kallstrom went on Fox News to discuss the aftermath of the deadly Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris and how it relates to Obama’s dangerous plan to import thousands of Syrian refugees.
As Kallstrom explained to Megyn Kelly, he’s furious about what’s going on with the refugees that are moving throughout Europe, and he thinks it has largely been “orchestrated!” WOW!

He said Obama’s FBI is drastically underfunded, and lacks the resources to maintain the ongoing investigations of activity by Islamic radicals – that are occurring in all 50 states!

Kallstrom went on to note that we have no idea who these refugees are, and millions of Americans are right to oppose this dangerous plan.

You know the fact that these folks travel from Europe and here in the United States and get training and then they come back to the countries, to me is just crazy and preposterous. And I don’t know how we are continuing to do this thing.
When you look at pictures of them — 90 percent males between the age of 18 and 30 — it’s crazy. It’s phony. And we must end the sanctuary cities in the United States. What a farce. What a joke.

In Kallstrom’s view, this means a future attack on American soil is all-but-certain. After the attack, he believes America will ask itself:

[W]e’d say ‘why didn’t we build up this, why didn’t we build up that, why didn’t we close the border? Why did we have 50,000 people come here that we don’t have a clue who they are?’ This has to stop. If it doesn’t, it’s just a matter of time before what we’re seeing today in France happens here.

When Megyn was surprised to learn of the FBI’s lack of funding, she asked “Why?” Here is his frightening response:
This will sound very hard-hearted. We haven’t had enough people die here in the United States. I mean that’s the way it is.

This is a courageous move for this former FBI assistant director to share with America. We must listen to him, before it’s too late

HIS LEGACY

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WHY DID OBAMA SEND ANOTHER $1.3 BILLION DOLLARS TO IRAN?!!!

14,000 ABANDONED WIND TURBINES LITTER THE UNITED STATES OBAMA'S LEGACY

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The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, abandoned, rusting, slowly decaying. When it is time to clean up after a failed idea, no green environmentalists are to be found. Wind was free, natural, harnessing Earth’s bounty for the benefit of all mankind, sounded like a good idea. Wind turbines, like solar panels, break down. They produce less energy before they break down than the energy it took to make them. The wind does not blow all the time, or even most of the time. When it is not blowing, they require full-time backup from conventional power plants.

Without government subsidy, they are unaffordable. With governments facing financial troubles, the subsidies are unaffordable. It was a nice dream, a very expensive dream, but it didn’t work.

California had the “big three” of wind farm locations — Altamont Pass, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio, considered the world’s best wind sites. California’s wind farms, almost 80% of the world’s wind generation capacity ceased to generate even more quickly than Kamaoa Wind Farm in Hawaii. There are five other abandoned wind farms in Hawaii. When they are abandoned, getting the turbines removed is a major problem. They are highly unsightly, and they are huge, and that’s a lot of material to get rid of.

Unfortunately the same areas that are good for siting wind farms are a natural pass for migrating birds. Altamont’s turbines have been shut down four months out of every year for migrating birds after environmentalists filed suit. According to the Golden Gate Audubon Society 75-110 Golden Eagles, 380 Burrowing Owls, 300 Red-Tailed Hawks and 333 American Kestrels are killed by the turbines every year. An Alameda County Community Development Agency study points to 10,000 annual bird deaths from Altamont wind turbines. The Audubon Society makes up numbers like the EPA, but there’s a reason why they call them bird Cuisinarts.

Palm Springs has enacted an ordinance requiring their removal from San Gorgonio Pass, but unless something else changes abandoned turbines will remain a rotting eyesores, or the taxpayers who have already paid through the nose for overpriced energy and crony-capitalist tax scams will have to foot the bill for their removal.

President Obama’s offshore wind farms will be far more expensive than those sited in California’s ideal wind locations. Salt water is far more damaging than sun and rain, and offshore turbines don’t last as long. But nice tax scams for his crony-capitalist backers will work well as long as he can blame it all on saving the planet.

ObamaCare Conspiracy Theories Are Looking More Plausible By The Day

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ObamaCare Conspiracy Theories Are Looking More Plausible By The Day
Three years ago, Sen. Orrin Hatch said ObamaCare would fail and Democrats would use that failure as an excuse to push for a single-payer system. (AP)
Three years ago, Sen. Orrin Hatch said ObamaCare would fail and Democrats would use that failure as an excuse to push for a single-payer system. (AP)
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“I will predict that within that year — now I may be wrong on this — but within the immediate future the Democrats are going to throw their hands in the air and say, ‘It’s not working. It’s unaffordable. And we have to go to a single-payer system.’ ”

That was Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2013, arguing that ObamaCare was designed to fail so that Democrats could use it as an excuse for the government to take over the entire insurance industry.

At the time, no respectable health care expert took Hatch — or any other conservative making such conspiratorial claims — seriously.

But today, Hatch is starting to look absolutely prescient, even if his timing was off.

Consider what is happening right now with ObamaCare. Enrollment is way below expectations. Insurers are putting in for double-digit rate hikes across the country, with some as high as 60%. UnitedHealth (UNH), Humana (HUM), and Blue Cross Blue Shield are pulling out of several ObamaCare markets, and most of the nonprofit co-ops created by ObamaCare have gone bust. As a result, the competition that was supposed to make ObamaCare exchanges the health care equivalent of Travelocity is evaporating.

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And Democrats? They are using these problems to push for a still bigger role for government in providing health insurance.

The latest blow to ObamaCare came from Aetna (AET), which had been promising to expand its reach to 20 states, but instead is staying in just four. As a result, at least one county, this one in Arizona, faces the possibility that no insurer will be offering a health plan in the ObamaCare exchange.

Even before Aetna’s decision, 664 counties — more than a quarter of all counties in the country — had just one insurer in their ObamaCare exchange, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report. Given that Aetna is exiting more than 500 counties, that number will only increase.

Meanwhile, three entire states — Alaska, Alabama, and Wyoming — are down to one insurer, and there’s no contingency if one of those insurers were to pack up and leave.

That’s not to say all of ObamaCare is falling apart — only the heavily-regulated private sector piece is.

The law’s Medicaid expansion, in contrast, is doing fabulously well, with enrollment climbing by nearly 15.5 million between the summer of 2013 and January 2016. That’s a 27% increase. And that’s despite the fact that more than a dozen states refused to expand Medicaid eligibility.

So what’s Hillary Clinton’s answer to the failing private exchanges? Get more people on government insurance through what she calls the “public option.” This would be a government-run health care plan offered in ObamaCare exchanges across the country.

“The public option, Clinton says, “will strengthen competition and reduce costs.”

But wait a minute. The “public option” was pushed by liberal Democrats in 2009 when ObamaCare was being built, and it was rejected by centrists in the party because it looked too much like a steppingstone to single payer.

As a matter of fact, that was the idea behind the “public option” in the first place.

As Mark Schmitt explained in the liberal American Prospect, “The public option was part of a carefully thought out and deliberately funded effort (to convince the single-payer crowd) they could live with the public option as a kind of stealth single-payer.” The idea was that the public option would be able to undercut private plans, driving them all out of the exchanges.

But all those centrists Democrats who opposed the public option are gone from the Senate, and if Hillary Clinton gets elected with a more liberal Senate majority, the public option will likely be top of her agenda.

With the vast Medicaid expansion, and the public option (as well as Clinton’s proposal to expand Medicare), it’s not far-fetched to say that soon the only people covered by private insurance will be the diminishing number who get it through work. (ObamaCare was also designed to shrink employer-based health.)

So was this all in the grand plan when Democrats passed ObamaCare in 2010?

Sen. Harry Reid, all but admitted as much in late 2013, when in an appearance on PBS’ “Nevada Week in Review,” he said that “what we’ve done with ObamaCare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever.” When asked if that meant a single-payer system, Reid said, “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”

Ezra Klein, who at the time was a health care reporter with the Washington Post, explained that the left was pursuing a “sneaky strategy” to “put in place something that over time the natural incentives … move it to single payer.”

Could it be that Hatch, Reid and Klein were all right? It sure seems like it these days.

If so, the only way to stop the onward march to single payer would be to repeal ObamaCare and start over with free-market based reforms.

Good luck with that if Hillary Clinton wins the election in November.

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