Monday, December 4, 2017

Black Conservatives: Obamacare Individual Mandate Repeal: House of Representatives Should Follow Senate Lead

Health Care Expert Says Congress Can Fix Gross Violation of Individual Liberty

Mandate to Buy Insurance Failed to Make Obamacare Exchanges Function Properly

 
With the Senate version of tax reform containing a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate, a health care expert with the National Center for Public Policy Research says the House of Representatives would be wise to embrace this restoration of individual liberty as the chambers conference on a final version of the bill to be sent to the White House.

"If Congress can't repeal Obamacare all at once, then repealing it piece by piece is the next best thing. That's what the Senate did Friday when it rolled back the individual mandate," notes David Hogberg, Ph.D., a National Center adjunct fellow specializing in health care policy.

In a new National Center commentary published by the American Spectator, Dr. Hogberg suggests that the House of Representatives "now follow the Senate's lead" in its own version of tax reform by adding a repeal of the penalty that compels Americans to buy health insurance, so that it is included in the final version sent to President Donald Trump.

"The Senate struck a blow for freedom," adds Dr. Hogberg, the author of the book Medicare's Victims: How the U.S. Government's Largest Health Care Program Harms Patients and Impairs Physicians. "The House should do the same. This was never anything more than a gross encroachment on liberty. Nowhere in the Constitution or in constitutional law is there any justification for letting the government force people to buy health insurance. Chief Justice John Roberts erred greatly when he sided with the Supreme Court's liberals in letting the mandate stand."

In the commentary, Dr. Hogberg refutes Obamacare supporters who argue that the Obamacare exchanges will fall apart without the individual mandate. "The individual mandate has never worked as advertised," he says. "It was supposed to keep premiums low and keep insurance companies in the exchanges. It has done neither."

Also noted in the commentary:
  • The lowest-cost plan for a 27-year-old has risen 77 percent in cost since the exchanges started operating in 2014. The second lowest-cost silver plan has risen a whopping 88 percent in cost since that time.
  • Exchanges had over 250 insurance companies participating in 2014. In 2018 that number will fall to under 170, a drop of over one-third.
  • In 2014, 76 percent of exchange enrollees had at least three insurers to choose from. Only six percent had just one. Due to so many insurers leaving the exchanges, the percentage of enrollees with a choice of only one insurer will rise to 26 percent in 2018, while those with three or more insurers will fall to 48 percent.
"In short, the individual mandate does not now, nor will it ever, work as Obamacare supporters claimed it would," writes Dr. Hogberg. "Considering that the mandate is also a gross encroachment on individual freedom, there is no reason why Congress shouldn't repeal it in the name of tax reform."

To book an interview with Dr. Hogberg, contact Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476.

 

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Poet Laureate Of Harlem George Edward Tait Is With The Ancestors



Poet and Musician George Edward Tait made his transition to Ancestors at 11:35 P.M. on Sunday, November 5, 2017. He died from after a long bout with cancer. He passed peacefully at home in the company of his loving wife Akosua Tait.
George Edward Tait was born in Oakland and raised in Harlem. He graduated from Pace University in 1968 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a minor in French Language and Literature after being a member of the literary society and The Pace Press. From 1968-1972, he taught and tutored English at Queens College while conducting Creative Writing workshops. Defining music as the poetry of sound, Tait became a bandleader and from 1972 to 1975 spearheaded a group called Black Massical Music In 1975, Tait founded The Society of Afrikan Poets and produced a seven year series of weekly poetry readings entitled Black Words for a Wednesday Night which ended in 1982. While teaching at Malcolm-King College (1981-1986), his first volume of poetry At War was published in 1983, the same year he was named The Poet Laureate of Afrikan Nationalism by leaders of the nationalist community, a title he still holds 34 years later.
George Edward Tait, the multi-talented musician, educator, and activist, is also known as The Poet Laureate of Harlem. He has performed his poetry thousands of times for several decades and, ultimately, utilized his genius as a weapon of culture and a tool of liberation. He leaves behind his wife Akosua Tait and 3 sons Damani, Sekou and Kamani.