National Healthcare is the Health of the State
Ever since the Libertarian Party was formed in December 1971 there has been a hope by some that electing libertarians to high office could slow or reverse the march to greater government control over private affairs.
We just had a crystal-clear proof that it’s a fatally-flawed theory.
In 2016 the American electorate voted for a Republican president and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress pledged to repeal the Democratic-Party-passed Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
The Republican leadership in the House and Senate crafted a bill that was alleged to do that. It would have repealed the tax penalty for those who did not purchase health insurance. But that’s about the only “repeal” that would have been meaningful since nothing in the bill would have lowered healthcare insurance premiums or expanded healthcare options.
Even that bill failed to pass, leaving the current laws unchanged.
Debates endlessly rehash everything except the obvious: only a small caucus of Republican legislators had any desire to repeal the ACA and the GOP replacement bill was merely a reshuffling of how government-provided benefits were to be managed.
After two terms of railing against the Democratic Party’s health-care law the Republican Party turned out to be derailed even for its own.
There’s a lesson here for all political observers, but particularly libertarians: socialistic programs, once enacted into law, can’t be repealed. Politics, itself, foils it.
Republicans and Democrats — and Libertarians, if ever elected to political power — are constrained by the nature of politics: a game of Three-Card Monte by which a mark is cheated out of his money. A politician shows only the benefits available to the mark and conceals the costs to the mark.
The Republicans never had any intent to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. It was empty campaign rhetoric.
Donald Trump knew that.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan knew that.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi knew that.
Freedom Caucus ally Senator Rand Paul knew that.
The only people who didn’t know it were the marks — the poor working American.
If Republicans want to repeal the Individual Income Tax ACA Mandate they can do that as a stand-alone bill.
If Republicans want to make it legal to purchase health-insurance policies across state lines they can do that as a stand-alone bill.
If Republicans want to make it legal for medical doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and witch doctors to practice throughout the United States regardless of where they studied and previously practiced, they can do that as a stand-alone bill.
If Republicans want to allow Americans to buy drugs and supplements across state and national borders without federal interdiction or penalty, they can do that as a stand-alone bill.
If Republicans want to stop the War on Drugs, they can do that as a stand-alone bill.
But they won’t because just as much as Democrats, Republicans don’t give a rat’s ass about anyone’s medical choices or well-being. All they care about is maintaining their ability to fleece you and hand out the benefits to those from whom they want votes.