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Why You Should Detest Our Employer-Based Healthcare System

Chris Medrano

Employer-sponsored health insurance is the cornerstone of the American healthcare system—and it’s screwing everyone over.

Consider for a moment why almost half of the country gets their health coverage through their employer. We don’t receive food, clothing, or housing from our employer. And those factors probably have a greater effect on health outcomes than insurance. What makes health insurance different?

The answer is wrapped up in a story of government’s good intentions gone awry. Continue reading “Why You Should Detest Our Employer-Based Healthcare System”

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Forget Not His Benefits

Chris Medrano

If you have a job, it is likely your employer offers benefits in addition to wages. These benefits can include a retirement plan, health insurance, and even stock options. 

Likewise, having a relationship with God through faith in Jesus comes with benefits. David reminds himself in Psalm 103 to “bless the Lord…and forget not his benefits.” Continue reading “Forget Not His Benefits”

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The Senate Bill Doesn’t Repeal Obamacare. Here’s Why It Should.

Chris Medrano & Luke Robson

On Thursday, June 22nd, Senate Republicans released their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). In terms of popularity, not much has changed since the House released their version of the bill. Very few Americans like it.

We are among them, but for different reasons. From our point of view, the Senate bill is bad because it does not actually repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) regulations. Continue reading “The Senate Bill Doesn’t Repeal Obamacare. Here’s Why It Should.”

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2 Big Problems With the Republican Replacement

As though waiting to drop the hottest mixtape of the year, House GOP leadership and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) chose to release their new Obamacare replacement plan on Monday evening when everyone was back home watching T.V. And in keeping with Trump’s theme, they’ve titled their plan the American Health Care Act (AHCA),

Unfortunately, this plan would probably see more success as an album than legislation (yes, even if it were just Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) reading over an 808). The fact is, the AHCA may not garner enough support in the House for two good reasons. First, the bill keeps a lot of Obamacare’s regulatory framework that has caused prices to rise and choice to diminish. Second, the law is based on advanceable and refundable tax credits for political reasons, which many argue essentially creates a new entitlement. Both are profound mistakes. Continue reading “2 Big Problems With the Republican Replacement”

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Gorsuch Deserves Confirmation

It seems like there’s a lot of love going around this Valentine’s Day. And if Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein’s exuberance is any indication, Judge Neil Gorsuch may be getting some of that love in his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

There is a lot to say about Gorsuch’s impeccable academic credentials at elite institutions, fantastic writing style, and sterling legal resume. Some liberals have noted that he is not as combative as Justice Scalia was—although perhaps the term bitingly-witty is more accurate.

His most important trait, however, is that he understands his job is to follow the law, not make policy decisions from the bench. His credentials are so impressive both Democrats and Republicans unanimously confirmed him to the tenth circuit court in 2006. Elsewhere, he has been described as the nominee that is “impossible to oppose.” Continue reading “Gorsuch Deserves Confirmation”

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Health Care in the U.S.: Fortress or Frontier?

This is a follow up on Chris Medrano’s last blog in which he argued for repealing Obamacare.

The battle over health care isn’t about Republicans versus Democrats. According to economist Robert Graboyes, it’s really about two competing mindsets: the fortress and the frontier. Continue reading “Health Care in the U.S.: Fortress or Frontier?”

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Trump’s Refugee Ban: A Week Later

It’s been a week since President Trump unveiled his executive order banning refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries. Since its signing, it has been rightly criticized. In case you missed it, the ban was a bad idea and unreasonable. A generous description would stop at under-reviewed. From a political perspective, it was done in the least conscientious manner possible.

So, a week later, what’s missing from the story? I think it’s important to ask this question: Does anyone think Trump actually cares about the millions who are trying to escape the atrocities being committed by ISIS and in the Syrian conflict?

If not, why would he do the following? Reuters reports: Continue reading “Trump’s Refugee Ban: A Week Later”

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Russia Did it! What Exactly?

On Thursday of last week, the most senior members of the intelligence community testified to the Senate that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s email in order to undermine the Clinton campaign and influence the election. The same officials also testified that the hacks were authorized from the highest levels of Russia’s government. Of course, none of this is new. The only problem is that President-elect Trump has denied Russia’s involvement despite knowledge to the contrary.

Yesterday, Trump finally conceded Russia might be behind the hacks. Nonetheless, the press and many elected officials are stunned and have been left with the task of answering the questions: What are the next steps, and what should we make of this? Continue reading “Russia Did it! What Exactly?”

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The Coming Obamacare Fight

In a couple weeks Donald Trump will be sworn in as President. No doubt, thousands of people will descend on Washington to make their voices heard. But at the end of the day the red baseball caps will be hung up, the protest signs will be thrown away, and the new administration will be shuttled off to the inaugural balls. And when the sun rises, the fight over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, will be officially on the clock.

Trump’s transition officials have made it clear that repealing the ACA is their first priority. And when the 115th Congress started on Tuesday, Utah Senator Mike Enzi wasted no time introducing a resolution to repeal Obamacare. Continue reading “The Coming Obamacare Fight”

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Bernie and Palin Agree: Trump’s Carrier Deal is Cronyism

It’s not impossible to teach an old dog new tricks, but it’s exceedingly difficult. The same applies to our government.  One would think the election of Donald Trump, the first non-politician to win the presidency, would be a signal for a change when it comes to special interests. Nonetheless, the long-and-glorious tradition of favoring special interests, or cronyism, continued last week. President-elect Trump successfully negotiated $7 million in tax incentives for the air conditioning company, Carrier, to stay in Indiana. Continue reading “Bernie and Palin Agree: Trump’s Carrier Deal is Cronyism”

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