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TRUMP: LAST CHANCE TO RE-ELECT A POPULIST PRESIDENT?

A few Republican politicians this year are not supporting President Trump because he’s not currently leading in most polls, although his approval among Republicans is at 93%.  Some Republican politicians  figure that, if Joe Biden becomes president, they can always regain the Presidency in 2024, but is this realistic?

Today, the “open borders” policy of Joe Biden (2/3 of immigrants vote Democrat), as well as a Biden Supreme Court probably ruling that a photo ID or other proof of citizenship is not required to vote (and the consequent increase in voter fraud from today’s 3 million fraudulent (Democrat) votes, 2020 may be the last year that a Republican can become president of the United States.

Consequently, beginning in 2024, it might be a waste of time to even bother holding another presidential election.  We would have Democrat presidents for the foreseeable future.  So those Republicans who are not supporting Donald Trump this year and then plan to elect an establishment Republican in 2024, are deluding themselves.  If President Trump is re-elected this year, among other things, he will finish building the wall on our southern border and stop illegal immigration, help ensure that photo ID’s are required to vote, and purge registration roles of deceased voters and people registered to vote in more than one State.

So what’s a voter to do if s/he doesn’t like Joe or Donald for president?  List your ten most important issues and rate both Joe and Donald on each of those ten issues.  You might have to listen carefully to discover what each candidate (not any journalist) has to say on each of your ten issues. Then you need to consider what Joe and Donald have accomplished in their lives.  Finally, you need to think about how honest they are and then tally their total score.  Whatever nominee receives the highest score you vote for.  Try to avoid even considering non-issues like racism (see Ann Coulter’s book, “Mugged”), sexism  (see Katie Pavlich’s book, “Assault and Flattery”) or man-made climate change (see Bjorn Lomborg’s book, “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” Alex Epstein’s book, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” and John L. Casey’s book, “Dark Winter”) since these issues are phony for these candidates.  Do understand, however, that if Donald Trump is not elected in 2020, there might never be another Republican president and that, with Joe Biden selecting the next two or three Supreme Court justices and the consequent loss of your individual right to own a firearm and other Constitutional rights, the United States will move far to the left, default on the National debt, and government corruption will become even more rampant than it is today and move closer to becoming a Venezuela-style country.  This may be the very last chance for America to re-elect a populist president and fix its numerous remaining problems (see Michael Anton’s book, The Stakes: America at the point of no return, and his article in The American Mind, called “The Coming Coup”).

OBAMACARE EQUALS NO HEALTH INSURANCE (unless it’s subsidized)

 

If Joe Biden becomes our next president on November 3, 2020, Biden said Obamacare will continue to be America’s healthcare system.  Therefore, voters need to know what’s in store for them.

Without subsidies, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unaffordable for most people.  Because it is so bad, many looked to President Trump to repeal and replace it with something much better and much less expensive.  When it was fully implemented in 2017, most Americans no longer received subsidies, which had totaled over $60 billion/year.  Because employers were not required to provide heath insurance for part-time workers, most new jobs that were created  in the U.S. under Obamacare were part-time.

I’ve been a supporter of universal healthcare since the year 2000 and, although I did not vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, I was hopeful that he would make good-healthcare-for-all a reality.  It did not cross my mind that Obama would promulgate legislation that would destroy healthcare for many more Americans than it might help.  It also did not occur to me that healthcare premiums would double, triple, or even quadruple…and that deductibles would be as expensive as twelve thousand dollars/year and co-pays double what they had been pre-Obamacare…and that all of these consequences combined would have the cumulative effect of destroying healthcare for tens of millions Americans.

Let’s give the creators of Obamacare the benefit of the doubt and assume that their hearts were in the right place, and that the passage of the ACA was not simply an attempt of government takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy.  The Affordable Care Act demonstrated that it was not affordable and was pitiful health insurance…it was poorly and incompetently designed and executed.  It reminds me of  the homily that “an elephant is a mouse designed by committee,” but in the case of the ACA, it was designed by one political party in Congress.  Okay, so it’s time scrap it and start over.

But wasn’t Obamacare  designed to be like Romneycare, which was passed by Mitt Romney when he was a Republican governor of Massachusetts?  That’s what politicians said to justify Obamacare, but that’s “bull”.  Romneycare only affected about  8% of the Massachusetts population.  Obamacare covered everyone except those exempted by the President, or over 300 million Americans.  Romneycare did not have penalties or mandates that Obamacare did until it was repealed by President Trump in the new tax cuts law. The very few good aspects of Obamacare, pre-existing conditions and coverage by parents’ insurance until age 26, could  have been simply added to new health insurance Federal legislation.

Although Obamacare  is clearly very bad and expensive health insurance, except for those receiving significant subsidies or exemptions,  the U.S. may end up being stuck with it. The reason is totally political.  One sixth of the economy is healthcare.  The ACA or “Obamacare” is a politician’s dream come true but the average American’s nightmare.  With thousands of dollars required for deductibles before reimbursement by insurance companies kicks in, Obamacare for most ends up basically being only catastrophic health-care insurance, which is important and necessary, but not something one should pay a lot of money for.

An opportunity for Obamacare to be either repealed and replaced came with the 2016 Presidential election.  Only if Republicans controled the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives could Obamacare be replaced with healthcare that was affordable and truly cares about people.  Legislation failed in 2017 because of Senator John McCain but hopefully will be attempted again if President Trump is re-elected and Republicans keep control of the Senate and win a majority of House seats in the 2020 elections.

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