Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Audio & Transcript – Paul Ryan was on “This Week” touting his version of central economic planning: repeal and replace. Despite having the term “free market” in it, it still has an UnConstitutional mandate: forcing insurance companies to provide coverage for people who they otherwise wouldn’t, those with pre-existing conditions. So, it’s not okay to force individuals to purchase an insurance plan, but it IS okay to force companies to cover people? Well, I guess that makes sense then… you can go about your business… move along…
Begin Mike Church Show Transcript
Mike: So I played Rand Paul — by the way, you can download Hillary’s Healthcare at MikeChurch.com if you are 24/7 Backstage Pass, or soon to be Founders Pass, member. So I played Rand Paul to illustrate again, or to just get another voice in on this, that the conscription of a doctor in the service of having to provide something is as unconstitutional as the individual mandate is. If Rand is correct, and he is, and you can’t compel the doctor to perform the service, then why the hell can you compel the insurance companies to provide it? The answer to that would be that you can’t.
All this repeal and replace crap, it’s just one form of corporatism infused with socialism replaced with another that sounds more market-oriented. [mocking] “We’re gonna have market-oriented solutions. We’ll have market this and market that.” It’s not market-oriented if the Republican Party is writing bills directing resources where they think they ought to go. That is not market-oriented. That’s central economic planning, ladies and gentlemen. That’s exactly what it is. [mocking] “Come on, Mike, give him a break.” Why? You don’t want me to give the dumbocrats a break; why should I give the stupid party a break?
If you’re wondering what I’m talking to, we’ll play the audio with Congressman Paul Ryan stumping and hacking for the Republican “repeal and replace” plan, if the SCOTUS smacks down ObamaCare later on in June. One more time on the Paul Ryan audio, we’re having a hard time cueing this up because it’s one of these silly media files. From ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
Stephanopoulos: . . . part of replace and repeal. What will that be?
Congressman Paul Ryan: Several of us have actually offered replacement legislation. It will be a decentralized, market-based system that’s patient-centered, where everybody has access to affordable health insurance, including people with preexisting conditions, and we can do it in a way that doesn’t involve a costly government takeover. We can do it in a way that doesn’t involve the government effectively taking over and running the healthcare industry. If you look at the Affordable Care Act, since it passed, healthcare costs have gone up. If you look at the CBO, the cost of this law has doubled since it passed. If the Supreme Court would interpret that this is constitutional, that the government can make you buy something, then there really is no limit to what the government can do in our lives. Clearly, that is not what the founders intended when they wrote the Constitution.
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Mike: Stop the file. So the founders didn’t intend this and blah, blah, blah. While I agree with him that’s not what the founders intended, but the founders intended Congress to order companies to do their bidding? Mr. Ryan, do I have that right? Is that correct? I’m confused by all this. Oh, but he put the word “free market” in his centrally-planned economy.
Last week we found out that thanks to the SCOTUS, that’s the Supreme Court of the United States, ObamaCare’s individual mandate is unconstitutional. We had this from learned scholars and learned lawyers and constitutional experts and what have you, that it’s unconstitutional. We’ve also learned, in the intervening 72 hours or so, that that individual mandate compelling individuals to buy insurance is unconstitutional, but the same Congress, if it’s controlled by members of the Republican Party, can cram down the throats of every insurance provider in the land, an individual mandate to force them to buy coverage for people that their actual tables tell them should not be covered. That would be those with preexisting conditions.
So on the one hand, an individual mandate is the worst thing that ever happened. It’s socialist and communist and what have you. On the other hand, when Republicans propose it by saying we’re going to eliminate preexisting conditions, thereby they’re compelling insurers to buy services for people that they would not otherwise cover. That mandate is okay. You have to cover everybody. That’s a mandate that’s constitutional. If you don’t have to buy it, that’s a mandate that’s unconstitutional. Is any of this making sense? You want to know why the bipolar, bifurcated conservative movement is in the sorry state of affairs that it’s in? That’s one of the reasons why.
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