Donald Trump Announces Health Care Expansion Without Socialism

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Audience stand up and sing happy birthday to President Donald Trump before he speaks, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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President Donald Trump announced plans Friday to expand health care for small business and workers through health reimbursement arrangements (HRA).

Trump said that the expansions of HRAs would allow families to start shopping around for health care plans that they wanted and to get reimbursed by their employers.

“It’s popular, it’s really, really been a success,” Trump said, noting that the Obama administration leveled penalties for HRAs, making it essentially unworkable.

The president held an announcement ceremony in the Rose Garden.

Trump said the decision would help expand the level of coverage, particularly for small businesses, calling it a “monumental” achievement.

The president brought to the podium small business owners, who explained that the new rules would help them considerably. One businessman noted that after the Obama administration hurt the HRA option, he lost employees because they needed better healthcare options.

Trump warned Americans away from free government healthcare plans proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, pointing out that it would lead to socialism.

“More than 120 Democrats in Congress have signed up for the Bernie Sanders massive government takeover of healthcare. That’s going to hurt a lot of people,” Trump said. “It’s going to hurt our country.”

Trump said that socialist healthcare would only lead to higher taxes, long wait times, and a worse level of care for Americans and vowed to reject it.

“We have to reject the socialist model that rations care, restricts access, slashes quality, and forces patients onto endless waitlists,” he said.  “Instead, we believe in freedom. We believe in choice.”


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Trump’s tariffs are necessary, but too nice for Mexico’s colonial regime. 

June 6, 2019  Lloyd BillingsleyShare to Facebook683Share to TwitterShare to More131Share to Print38

“Social problems are not solved with duties or coercive measures,” and “the Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.”

That was Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador after President Trump, no longer willing to wait on a hostile, do-nothing Congress, announced a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods. The tariffs would escalate in proportion to the way Mexico helps solve the border crisis, with a 25 percent rate targeted for October 1.

AMLO, as the Mexican president is known, blasted Trump for “turning the United States, overnight, from a country of brotherly love for immigrants from around the world, to a bolted space, where there’s stigmatizing, mistreatment, abuse, persecution, and a denial of the right to justice to those who seek — with sacrifice and hard work — to live free from misery.”

This reflected the belief of “socialist messiah” AMLO that all Mexicans have a “right” to live in the United States, which has the obligation to solve Mexico’s problems forever. AMLO quickly dispatched to Washington his foreign relations boss Marcelo Ebrard, a former Mexico City mayor who has been busy proclaiming Mexico “a great neighbor” of the USA.

Before that, as Ebrard told Francisco Goldman of the New Yorker, he became “committed to direct political action” to get Hillary Clinton elected in 2016. Ebrard had previously worked with Voto Latino and other groups in California, Arizona, Florida and elsewhere. The prospect of Trump, whom Ebrard compared to Adolph Hitler, prompted the Mexican’s work for the campaign of Hillary Clinton who is on record that “one-half of undocumented workers pay federal income taxes.”

If Ebrard’s blatant election interference leaves Americans puzzled, they might imagine former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Trump supporter, comparing AMLO to Benito Mussolini and campaigning openly for his political rivals. Then picture President Trump sending Giuliani to Mexico to lecture them about human rights, social problems and immigration policy.

Ebrard’s notion that Mexico is a “great neighbor” has also showed up in the writings of American conservatives such as Michael Barone. As he sees it, the repressive Partido Revolucionario Institutional (PRI) ran the country for 71 years but all that changed with the election of Vincente Fox in 2000. For Barone, Mexico is now a model of democracy and a majority middle-class nation.

Barone did not mention that Mexico’s PRI regime slaughtered hundreds of protesting students on October 2, 1968. Vincente Fox did nothing to clear up that mass atrocity, and neither did AMLO, who invited Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro to his inauguration. Another indicator that things have not changed from the PRI Era is Mexico’s policy of encouraging the violation of U.S. immigration laws.

Writing in 2013, Barone cited the Pew Hispanic Center, that “there has been no net migration to the United States since 2007.” Pew is the place that set the permanent number of illegals at 11 million. A recent MIT and Yale study puts the number nationwide at 22 million.

Last year, Mexicans abroad sent back a record  $33.48 billion to the Mexican motherland, an increase of 10.5 percent from 2017. That is impossible without massive inputs from American taxpayers.

Previous American presidents, in the style of FDR with Stalin, gave Mexico everything it wanted asking nothing in return, in the hope that all would be well. Donald Trump is the first American president in modern times to push back against Mexico’s straight-up colonial policy. President Trump has no reason to take any advice from Marcelo Ebrard or AMLO, both part of Mexico’s ruling political class.

AMLO believes Mexicans have a “right” to live in the USA. Trump doesn’t think so, and millions of legitimate American citizens and legal immigrants agree with him. For his part, Marcelo Ebrard interfered in an American election by campaigning for Hillary Clinton. That gives Trump more reason to disregard the partisan interloper’s complaints about tariffs, a good idea the president should team with other measures.

President Trump should push for taxation of all remittances from the United States to Mexico. This tax should aim for recovery of all public funds to Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States. The president could also halt remittances entirely for a set period of time.

Some seven out of every ten foreigners in U.S. prisons are Mexican nationals. President Trump should begin billing the Mexican government for its citizens in U.S. custody. The same could apply for medical and educational expenses for  Mexicans illegally present in the United States.

Last month, President Trump hinted that he would use the “tremendous powers” of the Insurrection Act to deport illegal immigrants.  The 1807 measure gives the president authority to act against “unlawful obstruction or rebellion” within the United States. So the president is holding that in reserve if tariffs and other measures fail.

Meanwhile, AMLO is right that that “the Statue of Liberty is not an empty symbol.” The statue was a gift to the United States from France, which helped Americans overthrow a British colonial regime. Mexico is long overdue for basic reform but that will only happen when the United States compels Mexico to solve its own problems.


Why Trump will win in 2020 and it won’t even be close

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Hugh Hewitt,The IndependentApril 28, 2019 0:21 1:00    Why Trump will win in 2020 and it won’t be close: WaPo editorial

The 2020 election isn’t going to be close.

The first-quarter gross domestic product growth rate of 3.2 per cent sets up the first reality that will be noted in November 2020 because it telegraphs where the economy will be then: not in recession.

Recessions are charted when GDP growth is negative for two consecutive quarters or more. That can and has occurred in sudden fashion – financial panics don’t send “save the date” cards.

But the economy over which president Donald Trump is presiding is strong and getting stronger.

Innovation is accelerating, not declining. A recession before election day looks less and less likely by the day.

Small wonder then that Trump dominates the GOP with an approval rating above 80 per cent.

His administration’s deregulatory push is accelerating. More and more rule-of-law judges, disinclined to accept bureaucrats’ excuses for over-regulation, are being confirmed to the bench. Readiness levels in the US military have been renewed. America’s relationship with its strongest ally, Israel, is at its closest in decades. Meanwhile, the Democrats are facing a Hobbesian choice of Bernie Sanders or Kamala Harris, or former vice president Joe Biden.

Sanders and Harris are too far to the left, Sanders by a lot. Biden is far past his best years. The nice folk lower down are looking for other rewards. The nomination going to someone such as Pete Buttigieg, mayor of Indiana’s South Bend, is possible, I suppose, but what happens when the dog chasing the car catches it?

What was an entertaining and amusing aside suddenly becomes a commitment and, with that, well, comes a barrage of attacks. Where Trump deflects incoming with ease, the Democrats scatter, some limping away, some blown out of the picture.

This will come as news to #Resistance liberals, who are certain Trump will lose, because they dislike him so much. They still haven’t figured out that 40 percent of the country love him and at least another 10 percent are very much committed to considering the alternative in comparison to Trump, not reflexively voting against him.

That decile is doing very well in this economy. Unemployment remains incredibly low. The markets are soaring. That’s not a given for the fall of 2020, but better to be soaring than falling 18 months out.

On immigration, border security has always been a legitimate concern (and Immigration and Customs Enforcement a legitimate agency).

People don’t talk much about it as they decline to state anything that will see them labelled racist, but the reality of open borders is understood to be an unqualified disaster by most of the country, and most of the country understands the Democrats to be arguing for a de facto open-border system, if not a de jure one.

The Green New Deal sounds like a bad science-fair project where the smart kids got the colours to combine via an elaborate device and make all the “lava” flow black down the volcanoes’ sides and the village is destroyed.

Medicare-for-all is a professor Harold Hill production, headed for Iowa as was the Music Man.

There’s not a lot of serious thinking or talking among the Democrats about the People’s Republic of China and the “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea (which many may think is some sort of shorthand for their marks on the debate stage), or Huawei, which is just too complicated to try to debate in five-minute exchanges.

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s turn as Madame Defarge may even wake up some of the wealthy-woke to their peril. It’s a circus coming to a cable-news network near you soon.

Last week’s message from a booming economy should have rocked the Democratic field. Alas, the party seems collectively intent on poring over the Mueller report yet again in the hope that, somehow, someway, there’s something there.

But the probe is over. No collusion. No obstruction.

Democrats have to campaign on something else besides a great economy, rising values of savings, low unemployment across every demographic, clarity about allies and enemies abroad, and a rebuilding military.

It’s a tough needle to thread, condemning everything about Trump except all that he has accomplished that President Barack Obama couldn’t or wouldn’t.

Not just tough – it’s practically impossible.

This article was first published in The Washington Post