Health Care Is a Mess… But Why?

You probably know a couple who both work full time to support their children, but even with their dual incomes, they’re finding it more and more difficult to afford health insurance.

Everyday incidents like sports injuries, asthma, and blood pressure, combined with their anxiety over rising premiums, are turning their American dream into sleepless nights.

Why can’t people catch a break? It wasn’t always this way!

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Entitlements Spin Out Of Control, Economic Death Spiral

We are entering an economic death spiral.

While the White House was busy getting its latest Russia story straight, and congressional Republicans were inventing another new way to not pass health-care reform, few noticed the latest double-barreled dose of bad budgetary news. But anyone who cares about the long-term economic health of the country should be paying careful attention.

First, the Congressional Budget Office reported that this year’s budget deficit will hit $693 billion. That’s $134 billion higher than the CBO predicted just six months ago, and $100 billion higher than last year’s shortfall. Under current baselines, deficits are soon expected to hit $1 trillion per year. All this deficit spending will add more than $10 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, bringing it to more than $30 trillion.

Of course, those projections are based on current policies. President Trump has proposed deep cuts in domestic spending. Assuming the president gets everything he wants, the debt will increase to only $27 trillion. Hurray? Of course, after the health-care debacle, and given the president’s other distractions, does anyone really believe that all those cuts are going to happen?

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Medicaid’s Opioid Problem: Has It Made The Epidemic Worse?

The states leading the pack in overdoses all expanded the program.

Medicaid hasn’t proven to be the antidote for the opioid epidemic ravaging America, but it just might be adding more poison. Much opposition to the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has coalesced around a dubious talking point that Medicaid expansion is the best way to fix the opioid crisis. Some Democrats, such as Senators Bob Casey (Pa.) and Joe Manchin (W.V.), are aggressively pushing the concept that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion must be maintained in order to provide drug-addiction treatment services. Some Republicans, such as Senators Rob Portman (Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (W.V.), have said they want to repeal Obamacare but have concerns about what that will mean for the fight against drug addiction.

On the surface, these might seem like reasonable worries. But there is much more to the story.

While Medicaid may in some cases provide additional treatment options for an addict who is willing to engage, it also provides a “free” plastic card loaded with unlimited government funds that often increases access to opioids.

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Can Medicaid Be Used For Abortions?

The Washington Post claimed in an article Friday that Planned Parenthood does not use Medicaid funds for abortions. “As the nation’s largest abortion provider, the 100-year-old nonprofit has sustained attacks at both the state and federal level, although the clinic does not use Medicaid funding to provide abortion services,” the article states.

Verdict: False

The Hyde Amendment allows Medicaid funding exclusively for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger. The Washington Post’s claim that Planned Parenthood does not use Medicaid funds to cover abortions is false.

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Why the Senate Health Care Bill Matters, In Two Charts

National Review’s editors—great Americans all—believe that “it will be difficult to mourn the loss” of the Senate health care bill, if it fails to pass. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I will try to explain in two charts.

The first chart details the two major components of federal health spending: the blue is Obamacare ($2 trillion in coverage expansion less $850 billion in Medicare cuts, for a net total of around $1.2 trillion over ten years), and the red is what Washington was already spending on health care, pre-Obamacare.

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7 Fast Facts About The Economic Collapse Of Illinois

The state of Illinois is in big trouble. In fact, they’re facing an economic collapse. Some pundits are calling them “The Venezuela of the United States.”

They owe $14,711,351,943.90 in overdue bills. This does not count their day-to-day operating expenses – this is money that should have already been paid out, but wasn’t. Nearly 15 BILLION DOLLARS.

Like every person who has ever spent more than they’re making with no regard for budget, things are starting to go downhill in an ever-growing avalanche of disasters.

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Democratic Rising Star Kamala Harris On Trump Care: ‘Don’t Take Our Stuff.’ There’s Only One Problem: It’s Not Your Stuff.

On Sunday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who has been cribbing Bernie Sanders’ cheat sheet in order to position herself for a 2020 Democratic presidential run, tweeted out her feelings on the possible restructuring of Medicaid under the Senate health reform bill:

Needless to say, this is imbecilic.

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