The Scrapbook has been secretly rooting for Bernie Sanders for a while now, because, well, he’s not Hillary Clinton. However, we are not without serious reservations about his candidacy. Many of his policy proposals reveal the rich fantasy life of the left, and not even the New York Times can conceal this fact. Sanders recently released more details on his single-payer health plan, and the paper of record found that his "Health Plan Is More of a Tax Plan." Indeed, Sanders would create "a special income tax, called a premium, increase payroll taxes and raise a variety of taxes on high-income Americans, including income and capital gains taxes," observes the Times.
Under Sanders's plan, Americans wouldn't have to payRead more
The Washington Post editorialized in November that it was time to regulate how much sugar Americans consume. Sugar causes obesity, which leads to heart disease and diabetes. Government has to pick up much of the tab for treatment, which justifies the feds putting themselves between consumers and the sugar bowl.
But how to actually regulate sugar? Try to fix some limit on serving sizes? Require soda-makers to de-sweeten pop? Such command and control options would no doubt be hamfisted. And so the Post suggested the all-purpose solution: new taxes. (Never mind that Washington already dramatically inflates sugar costs through a tangled program of price supports and import controls.Read more
Obamacare is closer than ever to being repealed. Congressional Republicans recently took one of their most assertive actions against it to date, while the centerpiece of the Obama presidency is playing out even worse than most of its opponents predicted. What’s missing is a presidential contender willing to run on an alternative to Obamacare. Whoever steps up with a replacement plan that is at once conservative and general-election-ready is likely to reap rewards from grateful Republican voters and, soon after, the wider electorate.
That's because Obamacare, always poised to be a disaster, is now becoming one. Obamacare supporter Charles Gaba calculates that premiums in the Obamacare exchanges have risen some 12 percentRead more
The Little Sisters of the Poor are headed to the Supreme Court this year, seeking escape from the contraception mandates of Obamacare—under which they fall, the government claims, as insurance providers for the employees in their nursing homes. The Justice Department is fighting the Little Sisters tooth and nail, determined not to allow them to evade the law's requirements, because . . . because . . .
Um, in truth, the Obama administration has never made entirely clear why it's so desperate to rope nuns into bureaucratic schemes for providing contraception. After all, the administration has let other organizations slip through the cracks.Read more
The Republican National Committee posted a video of Hillary Clinton admitting that Obamacare creates adverse incentives. During an exchange between Clinton and a questioner, Clinton noted, "we have built in some unfortunate incentives that discourage full-time employment."
QUESTIONER: Hi, I just want to know why there is discrimination against the part-time workers when so many companies are going to part-time when it comes to FMLA?
CLINTON: Well, that's why they are going to part-time. That, and also, the Affordable Care Act. You know, we got to change that because we have built in some unfortunate incentives that discourage full-time employment.
When the Democrats passed Obamacare (without a single Republican vote), part of how they were allegedly going to pay for it was through a "Cadillac tax" on expensive employer-based insurance. Yet, this week, many Republicans are working with Democrats to delay or even repeal this tax. For three reasons, Republicans' constituents shouldn't be at all happy about these efforts.
First, this is an attempt to "fix" Obamacare, something Republicans shouldn't be in the business of trying to do. Second, it would actually make Obamacare even more expensive and hence even worse—while at the same time letting Democrats off the hook for their policy choices and causing corporate lobbyists to lose a significant portion of theirRead more
Take that, Gerald Ford. Donald Trump, if he becomes president, would be the "healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." His blood pressure and lab test results are "astonishingly excellent." His most recent medical exam showed only "positive results."
And that's not (just) the opinion of Trump himself. The Donald's doctor, one Harold N. Bornstein, made the diagnosis himself in a public letter released Monday. Either that or Trump is now penning his own medical write-ups.Read more
The federal technocracy, like the old B-horror-movie monster The Blob, grows by sucking all surrounding life into its amoeba-like digestive system. There are never enough bureaucratic controls or government programs to “incentivize” us—in the jargon—to behave in ways the technocrats think best.Read more
The U.S. Senate voted 52-47 on Thursday night to repeal almost all of Obamacare. The bill also stripped almost all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar non-profit that performs more than 300,000 abortions each year. All Senate Republicans voted for the bill except Mark Kirk of Illinois and Susan Collins of Maine, both of whom support a right to abortion.
Although President Obama will veto the bill whenever it makes it to his desk--the first time he will have to veto a bill repealing Obamacare since it was passed in 2010--Thursday's vote was an important test-run for Republicans.Read more
Obamacare has an incurable preexisting condition: It eats away at the private insurance market on which it relies. That market cannot survive Obamacare's hubristic mandates, and Obamacare cannot survive the collapse of that market. On their present course, both are doomed.
The challenge for conservatives is to figure out how, upon Obamacare's repeal, to rescue private insurance. If conservatives don't save that market, liberals will—only it will no longer be a market for private insurance, and there will no longer be millions of purchasers, but just one.Read more
We are just a year from November 8, 2016, and the election that will largely determine the fate of Obamacare, and the news isn’t good for President Obama’s centerpiece legislation. Premiums continue to rise, doctor and hospital networks continue to shrink, Americans continue to balk at buying government-mandated insurance, the legislation continues to be historically unpopular, and Republicans are getting close to uniting behind a conservative alternative that can lead to full repeal.Read more
As we approach the third Republican presidential debate, conservatives should consider what they expect the next president to accomplish.
We certainly want the next president to repeal and replace Obamacare, undo the disastrous Iran nuclear agreement, and finally address the problem of illegal immigration. But after eight years of a president who promised to “transform” America, the “to-do” list is actually much larger.Read more
The Boston Globe reports that Tom Stemberg, the founder of office-supply retailer Staples, has died. Stemberg started Staples with the help of Mitt Romney's Bain Capital investment firm, and the two men became friends.
The Globe quotes Romney speaking fondly of Stemberg and his influence on the future Republican nominee for president:Read more
It has been clear for some time that Republicans need just two things in order to repeal Obamacare—a winning alternative and political willpower. The jury is still out on how much of the latter the party possesses. But when it comes to uniting around a well-conceived alternative that can pave the way to full repeal, the news is increasingly good. Jeb Bush’s just-released ObamRead more
One of the least-reported substantial policy victories in recent years was stopping Obamacare’s insurer bailout through last fall’s CRomnibus bill. Now we can attach a price-tag to that victory: $2.5 billion. That’s how much taxpayers would have been funneling to President Obama’s insurance-company allies if the bailout hadn’t been thwarted, according to Obama administration officials. Insurers were hoping for $2.87 billion but, thanks to the anti-bailout legislation, which required Obamacare’s risk-corridor program to operate in a revenue-neutral manner, rather than as a bailout, they will be getting only $362 million—the same amount that other insurers paid in.Read more
The Republican congressional leadership has been nominally--but sometimes it seems only nominally--committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a conservative alternative. Now one of the two leading candidates for House majority leader—the number-two position in leadership—is Dr.Read more
In the middle of his trip to Washington, D.C., Pope Francis made an "unschedued" stop to meet with members of an group of nuns suing the federal government over the Obama administration's contraception and abortifacient mandate in the health-care law. The Little Sisters of the Poor is an order of nuns within the Catholic Church that provides assistance for the elderly, and the group has sued on religious liberty grounds against the Obama administration mandate that employers provide contraception health-insurance coverage.Read more
Jake Tapper and CNN pretended during the Republican presidential debate that Obamacare doesn’t exist. But Republican voters won’t follow suit. Instead, they are likely to cast their votes largely based on who looks most committed to repealing President Obama’s tenuously perched signature legislation.Read more
Traditional marriage is in big trouble in the United States. Between 1960 and 2011, the share of white adults 18 and older who were married declined by 25 percent, while the declines for Hispanic and black adults were 35 percent and 50 percent respectively.Read more
One of the worst things about Obamacare is that it provides taxpayer funding of abortion. This is one of the nearly countless reasons why Obamacare must be repealed, and it’s one of the core reasons why it is crucial for Republican presidential candidates to show they have an alternative that would lead to repeal. So far, only Scott Walker has stepped up in this regard. For pro-life voters, this should matter greatly.Read more
At a speech at President Reagan’s alma mater on Thursday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker challenged his GOP rivals on Obamacare. Walker highlighted his own Obamacare alternative, promising he would send it to Congress on Day One. Observing that members of Congress “need a little incentive to get that repeal passed,” Walker said he would also take executive action that same day to endRead more
So far, the Republican presidential contest has been light on Obamacare, with Scott Walker — who has essentially championed the 2017 Project’s “Winning Alternative to Obamacare” — providing a noteworthy exception. Since Obamacare is the biggest issue of Barack Obama’s presidency, why are most GOP candidates shying away from talking about their plans to bring about its full repeal? The answer, in part, is that while almost all Tea Partiers and most grassroots Republicans are fully committed to repeal, two groups within the Republican party or the conservative (or libertarian) movement are either not fully dedicated to the cause or are actively working against it.Read more
The opening Republican presidential debate was a spirited affair, but missing was any serious discussion of Obamacare, the domestic centerpiece of Barack Obama’s presidency. The moderators asked only two Obamacare-related questions. One elicited Donald Trump’s assertion that a government monopoly over health care “works” in Canada and “works incredibly well” in Scotland.Read more
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