Laudable Pursuit: Politically Palatable

“…a politically palatable way to give states the freedom needed to craft their own health care solutions. At the heart of this effort must be true freedom from the federal regulations that are the main drivers of our nation’s rising health care costs.” The Laudable Pursuit: The Next Steps Towards Health Care Reform by Mike Lee, July 28, 2017

Late afternoon today, Mike Lee emailed his view on the pathetic state of affairs regarding the nightmare vote-a-rama in the Senate. It could not have come at a better time for me. I am so utterly disgusted with the elitist progressives in both parties for speaking out of both sides of their mouths while working to sabotage the few honorable men and women in the House and Senate. 

Anyway, here is the link to the page for the Chairman’s Note by Senator Mike Lee. I think his entire emailed  from today should be available when the site is updated in the next twenty-four hours. Nonetheless, they are pasted below for expediency.

God Bless Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows and all of those honest Republicans who stand for repealing the heinous Obamacare nightmare. Thank you for fighting for my right, for every American’s right, to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

From Mike Lee’s email

July 28, 2017

“to elevate the condition of men–to lift artificial weights from all shoulders, to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all, to afford all an unfettered start and a fair chance, in the race of life.” –Abraham Lincoln

Chairman’s Note: The Next Steps Towards Health Care Reform

Last night was a setback for health care reform. There is no way around that.

But it may also be a blessing in disguise.

The bill we were voting on, what many in the media were referring to as a “skinny” repeal bill, was truly an anemic effort. While it did repeal the individual mandate permanently, it provided only temporary relief from the employer mandate and medical device tax. It also left the rest of the Affordable Care Act’s regulations, taxes, and subsidies completely intact. By some estimates it repealed just two percent of Obamacare.

Even worse then the product we were voting on was the process that led to last night’s vote. 

The bill we voted on around 1:30 this morning was only released about three hours before. It was only a handful of pages, so there was time to read it (for a change). But there was no serious debate or deliberation about its contents. Amendments could be offered, but without reports from the Congressional Budget Office about their impact on the economy and the federal budget, they required 60 votes for passage.

The bill was written in secret, with no input from either the formal congressional committees charged with oversight of our health care system, or the informal working group assigned by our leadership to craft the legislation.

My preferred amendment sat at CBO for four weeks without being given a “score” detailing its projected costs and benefits. My colleague Ron Johnson (R-WI) waited four months for a CBO report on various Obamacare provisions, without any response.

This is not the way the Senate is supposed to work. It is not the way a free people is supposed to govern itself.

When the bill failed, many declared the issue dead. But as long as Obamacare is on the books, hurting millions of Americans and driving up the cost of healthcare, this issue isn’t going anywhere.

We must now go back to the drawing board. We must to go back to the proper committees of jurisdiction and start from the beginning by identifying the specific policy problems we are trying to solve and then craft reforms to solve them.

The United States is a large, vibrant, and diverse country. There is no reason to assume the health care policies that work in a state with the demographics of Florida will also work in a state like Utah.

What we need to identify is a politically palatable way to give states the freedom needed to craft their own health care solutions. At the heart of this effort must be true freedom from the federal regulations that are the main drivers of our nation’s rising health care costs. 

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