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New Numbers on Repealing Obamacare, The Demonization of Kellyanne Conway, and Frozen Cherry Trees

In this week’s blog, I’m going to cover three things which I think are important, and hopefully interesting. First of all, where are we with repealing and replacing Obamacare? I’m glad you asked.

The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) finally released its estimate (a guess really) on the Republican healthcare plan. The main headline the mainstream press ran with, was the prediction that up to 24 million people could “lose” their healthcare insurance. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer couldn’t rush to the mics fast enough to say, in effect, “see I told ya so” and “look how heartless these Republicans are.”

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Here’s what they didn’t tell you. First, the Republican plan takes away the government mandate (REQUIREMENT) that everybody buy healthcare insurance, and some people will make the decision, for themselves, not to. This is America after all, and a free people, making their own decisions, freely, was the whole idea, right?

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Second, the CBO found that the Republican healthcare plan will reduce healthcare premiums by 10%, and save taxpayers $337 billion. At a time when the federal budget deficit is sky high, and far too little has been done about it, this is welcome news. $337 billion, in relation to a national debt of nearly $20 trillion isn’t nearly enough, but it’s at least a step in the right direction.

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And third, one has to take CBO predictions with a grain of salt. (Actually, with a whole bunch of salt.) In the words of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich referring to CBO’s predictions over the years, “it was totally wrong on Obamacare, by huge, huge margins. I don’t trust a single word they have published, and I don’t believe them.”

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My view is that the CBO numbers will mainly be used as talking points by both sides (all sides really), as the Obamacare repeal and replace battle unfolds. But CBO’s numbers have been so wildly off, so many times over the years, that they won’t be determinative.

Okay, the second thing I wanted to comment on – the demonization of Kellyanne Conway. She of course was the first woman to be campaign manager for a successful presidential campaign. Donald Trump then appointed her Counselor to the President. I’ve known Kellyanne for a long time. She reminded me when I saw her in the Capitol Building recently, that she worked for the polling firm that handled my Congressional campaign all the way back in 1988 (I lost.)

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Anyway, in my opinion, The Left has taken it on as a cause to destroy her. They ridicule what she says, how she looks, even how she sits on a couch. Her treatment is exceedingly unfair, but not altogether unexpected.

The Left considers it a betrayal, if certain groups of people, women and African-Americans in particular, are conservative, or God-forbid, Republicans. Republican women who have experienced this unfair and abusive treatment by The Left over the years include Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Nancy Reagan, to name but a few. African-American Republicans who have been particularly scorned by The Left include Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, and Herman Cain. African-Americans and women who stray from the orthodoxy of The Left, can expect to be targeted and belittled.

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And finally, the global warming/climate change crowd must be going crazy. They’ve been trying to convince the public for years now that the planet is getting hotter, and we’re all doomed unless we handcuff our economy with their job-killing green agenda. Now here we are, only a week before Spring, and we have headlines like this: “Arctic Cold Endangers DC Cherry Blossom Bloom for First Time.” Oops – how inconvenient.

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And north of Washington, we see New York and much of New England getting hit with several FEET of snow and record cold temperatures. This close to Spring! Of course it wouldn’t be the first time that The Left has blamed record cold temperatures and snow on, you guessed it – global warming/climate change.

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Okay, that’s enough for this week. Stay warm. Hug your loved ones. And see you next week.

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