Brian Baker: Lots of blame to go around

By Brian Baker

Last update: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

 

On March 29th The Signal published a column by Gary Horton entitled “What’s next after health care”.

This absurd column was full of hyperbole and hysteria, with a lot of ad hominem thrashing about thrown in for good measure. A return to his old “style”.

That’s a shame, too, because his last few columns were pretty good. But those were on the topic of Measure H, on which he took an actual “conservative” position, so maybe what we’re seeing here is an illustration of how conservatism is easy to support rationally, while socialism needs wild-eyed ranting to seek its justification.

As to the latest healthcare debacle, there’s a lot more blame to go around than just facilely throwing it at Trump, though I’m sure he’s the bogeyman Horton likes to target. House GOPers have had over 6 years to come up with a viable plan, something that actually made sense and included realistic elements that would address the free-market shortcoming of the current wealth redistribution scheme in place. The “Ryan plan” was a non-starter from the jump; in reality just a place-holder they could point at when asking for votes in the past elections.

Now that they finally had both chambers of Congress and the White House, to have seriously rolled out that tired piece of garbage as their offering was stupid beyond belief. There was no way it was ever going to be passed, as bad as it was. It was hardly better at all than Obamacare. What would have been the point?

They should have taken their time and crafted something that actually would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, not just tinkered with it a little bit. And Trump’s biggest failure was in not making them do exactly that. Maybe due to his own political inexperience, I don’t know.

As I’ve written before, we need to get government out of the healthcare and insurance equation. Government is the problem, not the solution.

 

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Brian Baker: Lots of blame to go around

Protestors drop to the floor outside Congressman Steve Knight's office on Feb. 23 after they were unable to meet with anyone from his office about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

 

On March 29th The Signal published a column by Gary Horton entitled “What’s next after health care”.

This absurd column was full of hyperbole and hysteria, with a lot of ad hominem thrashing about thrown in for good measure. A return to his old “style”.

That’s a shame, too, because his last few columns were pretty good. But those were on the topic of Measure H, on which he took an actual “conservative” position, so maybe what we’re seeing here is an illustration of how conservatism is easy to support rationally, while socialism needs wild-eyed ranting to seek its justification.

As to the latest healthcare debacle, there’s a lot more blame to go around than just facilely throwing it at Trump, though I’m sure he’s the bogeyman Horton likes to target. House GOPers have had over 6 years to come up with a viable plan, something that actually made sense and included realistic elements that would address the free-market shortcoming of the current wealth redistribution scheme in place. The “Ryan plan” was a non-starter from the jump; in reality just a place-holder they could point at when asking for votes in the past elections.

Now that they finally had both chambers of Congress and the White House, to have seriously rolled out that tired piece of garbage as their offering was stupid beyond belief. There was no way it was ever going to be passed, as bad as it was. It was hardly better at all than Obamacare. What would have been the point?

They should have taken their time and crafted something that actually would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, not just tinkered with it a little bit. And Trump’s biggest failure was in not making them do exactly that. Maybe due to his own political inexperience, I don’t know.

As I’ve written before, we need to get government out of the healthcare and insurance equation. Government is the problem, not the solution.

 

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  • Gil Mertz

    It’s beyond absurd to see Democrats pretending to claim a moral victory after the disgraceful way they got Obamacare passed and got us into this mess in the first place. And the Republican’s failure to fix it means continued misery of high costs and low care for the American people, as Democrats celebrate. That’s beyond sick.

    Republicans have got to stop cowardly basing their proposals around Democratic and media approval and do what the American people sent them to do in 2010, 2014, and 2016. No more excuses. Stop trying to please people who will never, ever, EVER vote for you and get the job done for those who did.

    • Ron Bischof

      My general observation if that it requires little intellectual rigor to criticize and destroy, Gil. The challenge of governing on behalf of citizens requires the imagination to create and diligence to execute.

      The Executive and Legislative Branches controlled by Republicans need to decide quickly if they wish to govern. The rest is palace intrigue and a media circus obsessed with trivialities.

      • Gil Mertz

        As you, me, and others have documented the massive losses for Democrats in state legislatures, governorships, the House, the Senate, and now the White House, most of these losses can be blamed on the passage of Obamacare. So the Republicans may be thinking they don’t want to take a similar risk. However, the same American people that made the Democrats pay dearly for Obamacare will reward the Republicans if they dismantle and replace it. Unfortunately, truth is the first casualty of fear.

        • Ron Bischof

          Full repeal can’t occur under Reconciliation rules and Senate Democrats will filibuster repeal replace legislation.

          I still consider the filibuster a useful tool to restrain the worst statist and populist impulses. I support changing the rules to the traditional rather than technical filibuster.

          Let Democrats prove they can hold the floor with an endless flow of drivel.

          • Gil Mertz

            Totally agree which is why Ried dropped the nuclear option to get their stuff passed. I don’t think the American people care about procedural rules. They want results. When Republicans try to make everybody happy, all they do is make everyone angry.

          • Ron Bischof

            Unfortunately, it appears most Americans have a short attention span and therefore think it’s simply a matter of political will.

            Consider the multiple instances where people believe Presidents can just order stuff to make it happen. Or that Republicans can dust off an Obamacare Repeal bill that Obama vetoed and get it though the Senate.

            Governing should be guided by principle but you can’t ignore legislative process. It”s not like ordering a pizza.

            Changing the Senate rules to simple majority rule for everything will degrade the deliberative process and speed Federal government up. That’s not a positive, in my opinion.

          • Gil Mertz

            The GOP may need to use Reconciliation to get Gorsich on the Supreme Court and if a liberal dies or steps down soon, it will be absolutely necessary as this will shift the balance of power for a generation.

            Not understanding Trump’s attack on the Freedom Caucus and his support for Ryan’s lame healthcare bill. The GOP owes a debt of gratitude to the Freedom Caucus to be the only group with the guts to hold out for a better bill. They did Trump a YUGE favor.

          • Ron Bischof

            Reconciliation is only really for tweaking budget related items, Gil. And yes, the Democrats abused it to pass Obamacare.

            However, it’s of zero use for a SCOTUS confirmation. Hence my recommendation on returning to a traditional filibuster to preserve it as a good governance tool but stop it’s abuse.

          • Gil Mertz

            Thanks Ron. I thought Reconciliation was about ruling by a simple majority rather than needing 60 votes.

    • Brian Baker

      Well, guys, there’s a reason I often call the GOP the PSP — Perpetually Stupid Party.

      • Gil Mertz

        The GOP fight like the British red coats during the Revolution while the Democrats fight like snipers behind trees and rocks. How did that turn out?

        • Brian Baker

          Great analogy!

      • Bill Reynolds

        Even though, we’ve dodged several bullets these last years, Crooked Hillary, Hanoi John F’n Kerry and Greenie Algore.

  • lois eisenberg

    ” The more knowledge you obtain, the more liberal you become.”

  • Bill Reynolds

    It seems that Brian Baker constantly outdoes himself with each new Letter to the editor. Here, he tells it like it is; nothing but the harsh reality of truth. Thank you Brian.

    • Brian Baker

      Bill, thanks for those very kind words. I appreciate them!

  • Ron Bischof
  • lois eisenberg

    “A judge rules Trump may have incited violence … and Trump again has his own mouth to blame”

  • lois eisenberg

    “Donald Trump’s dangerous escalation of conflicts across the Middle East.”

    “Secretary of Defense James Mattis should come clean to the American public about Donald Trump’s war plans in the Middle East.”

  • lois eisenberg

    “Trump Earns Majority Of Americans’ Disapproval In Record Time”

  • lois eisenberg

    “It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.”

    “Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.”

  • lois eisenberg

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  • lois eisenberg

    “New financial disclosures show Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway worked for the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life group facing felony criminal charges in California for allegations that it illegally used false identities to record undercover videos of conversations with abortion providers.”

  • lois eisenberg

    “Donald Trump changed his trust AFTER taking office so he can draw from business profits at any time”
    That is what a con man does !!

  • lois eisenberg

    Melania Trump lives in the Trump Towers at a tremendous EXTRA COST to the taxpayers, and Trump’s family travels at a tremendous EXTRA COST to the tune of millions to the taxpayer .
    This is another con man’s doings !

  • lois eisenberg

    “President Trump now credits himself for nixing GOP health care vote, says he couldn’t
    ‘lose”
    The sickness ( pun intended ) of it all !!

  • lois eisenberg

    To reiterate:
    “The more knowledge you obtain, the more liberal you become.”

  • lois eisenberg

    “Devin Nunes to Step Aside From House Russia Investigation” YEAH!!
    Another one down in the liar-in-chief’s corrupt circle of liar’s !!
    And the beat will go on !!

  • lois eisenberg

    “Advertisers dump O’Reilly amid sexual harassment allegations”
    “More than a dozen companies pull advertising from Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor”
    That in it’s self should tell the whole story ! Foxy out foxed it’s self !!

  • lois eisenberg

    “You Are Now Paying Internet Companies to Sell Your Browsing History to Advertisers”
    Thanks, Trump!

  • lois eisenberg

    ” More than 15,000 students across the country, Wednesday marked the first day of Resistance School — a program where the educational focus is mobilizing against President Donald Trump’s administration.” BRAVO !!