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If you remember the concerns voiced about “death panels” during the national debate over Obamacare, you also recall the condescension and outright derision with which liberals greeted our mistrust.
Never mind bottom-line, real-world issues; Obamacare was a gaily wrapped package filled with rainbows, singing birds, happy families and prancing unicorns. The only thing that mattered was providing “coverage” for all — never mind how that translated into actual treatment once a covered person became a patient.
But even then, it was easy to point to Britain’s government-run health care system to show what the inevitability of rationed care would look like. And today, we see the same kind of bureaucratic thought creeping into our own system.
As insurance companies find themselves increasingly stretched, they necessarily make adjustments — not only with much higher premiums and deductibles, but also with intense scrutiny of costs and benefits for various forms of treatment.
Your health care becomes a reflection not of you and your doctor’s judgment, but of a cost-benefit analysis performed by green-eyeshade types who have never met you and arguably don’t care about your outcome one way or another.
Ironically, it’s taken someone in Britain — Shane Frith, the founder of Doctors’ Alliance and also a board member of Nurses for Reform — to shed light on the emerging problem here in America. In his piece in the Independent Journal Review, he first acknowledges the advantages of traditional American-style medical care over that provided by the British National Health Service. In particular, he cites the lack of cutting-edge drugs as a major difference, leading to far poorer outcomes there than we see here in America.
But then he issues a warning. Just as the Brits have their bureaucracy, laughably called the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”), to decide which patients get expensive care, American insurance companies have one, too:  The chillingly named Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (“ICER”).
Both base their decisions on a horrific concept called quality-adjusted life years, which bases its recommendations for a given patient on impersonal mathematical calculations.
This should be an eye-opener to anyone who thinks it’s too late to stop government intrusion into our care. Obamacare must end. It must have a stake driven through its icy cold heart and be buried with a wreath of garlic.
And then we have to find ways to bring market-based solutions back, rather than a one-size-fits-all program that’s forced on everyone. If the Democrats change Obamacare, it will be to usher in more control, not less. That’s just one reason why the coming election is the most important in our lifetime.
May that lifetime be long and healthy!

An 8-year-old boy on medication for ADHD asked his mother, “Am I going to die?” after a mixup at a T.G.I Friday’s in Las Vegas brought him the wrong beverage.

Tyler Schwab, a boy with a heart defect who is taking ADHD medication, was dining with his family at a T.G.I. Friday’s at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas.

He ordered a root beer. When it arrived, something was wrong.

“What do you call that? Throw up root beer?” Tyler said. “Cause that’s what it tastes like.”

He asked his mom to give it a taste. Adrianna Schwab realized it had a bitter taste. Then her fiance looked at the bottle.

“My fiance grabbed the bottle and started looking at it and saw that it said 5.9 percent alcohol content,” Adrianna Schwab said.

“He was really freaked out,” she said. “He asked me, ‘Am I going to die?’”

The server and the manager were apologetic, saying the server was new.

“They were apologetic but not as apologetic as they should have been for the circumstance it was,” Adrianna Schwab said.

The chain issued a statement about the incident.

“We are aware of an incident at our Orleans restaurant where a server accidentally served an adult root beer beverage to a minor,” the statement said. “It was an honest mistake. We immediately addressed the situation with the guest directly and to the guest’s satisfaction. We are currently retraining staff on all operational procedures and responsible alcohol service standards to prevent a recurrence. The safety of our guests and team members is the utmost importance and our top priority.”

h/t: Fox News

 

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was labeled by Charles Krauthammer on Friday as the pundit’s leading pick to be the running mate of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, said Corker will be meeting Monday with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City

Krauthammer used a hypothetical pot of $100 in casino chips to make his point, putting $25 on Corker, $20 on former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., $20 on Ohio Gov. John Kasich, $10 on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and $5 on Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint. The rest went to “the field,” Krauthammer said, acknowledging, “I have no idea.”

Corker has “a bit of gravitas” and “spoke well” of Trump’s late April major foreign policy address, Krauthammer said.

Corker is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Neither his office nor the Trump campaign would comment for the record about Corker’s chances of being Trump’s running mate.

However, the Washington Post reported that Trump “deeply appreciated the effusive support from Corker, especially at a time when others in the party were sharply critical.”

The Post reported that the two men have remained in touch on a friendly basis.

“Both men consider themselves to be deal-makers and Republican mavericks,” the Post reported.

Corker would fit the parameters Trump laid down for his vice presidential choice. He has said he wants “somebody that can walk into the Senate and who’s been friendly with these guys for 25 years, and people for 25 years. And can get things done. So I would 95 percent see myself picking a political person as opposed to somebody from the outside.”

h/t: TheBlaze

 

Many prominent conservatives have said they consider themselves part of the #NeverTrump movement, meaning that under no circumstances would they vote for the presumptive Republican nominee, and some have gone so far as to publicly put forth the idea of recruiting a third-party candidate that they feel better represents them.

One name that has been tossed around is 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Romney has said he would not run, but until recently, he had been involved in trying to recruit a third-party candidate.

There are those #NeverTrump conservatives who wish Romney wouldn’t have given up the search. In fact, they wish he would reconsider the idea of running himself.

Over at TheResurgent.com, Redstate founder Erick Erickson writes, “Mitt Romney has given up on trying to recruit someone for a third party effort against Clinton and Trump. I opposed Romney in 2008 and 2012, but I think the time has come for Mitt Romney. I’d gladly work for a Romney presidency given the choices between Clinton and Trump.”

Erickson believes the general disenchantment with both Trump and presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, who both have historically high unfavorable ratings, means this is the perfect time for an alternative candidate to emerge.

“There is more and more data out there that the time is right for a third party bid. More and more Americans are horrified and disgusted at the thought of voting for either Trump or Clinton,” he writes.

Expanding on his point, Erickson writes, “No one wants to vote for a candidate because they are against the other candidate. People want to vote for a candidate because they like that candidate.

“Romney could provide that. I can’t believe I’m even writing this. But seriously, Mitt Romney should run for president again and transcend party for the good of the country.”

Erickson concludes that Romney should run “for the good of the country,” which is ironic since he penned an article five years ago lamenting how Romney’s nomination by the Republican party was essentially the death of conservatism.

On the campaign trail stumping for his wife in South Dakota, former President Bill Clinton seemed a bit dejected at his own role within the campaign.

“I sometimes feel that I’m totally useless in this election season because I’m a happy grandfather. I’m not mad enough at anybody,” he said. “And because the life I spend now is driven by the real world and facts … I mean, we live in kind of a fact-free political universe, you know?”

Clinton’s comments come following presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump bringing up past rape accusations against him and proclaiming that Hillary Clinton should keep close watch of her husband and his wandering eyes if they were to return to the White House.

Hillary Clinton has thus far taken the high road on the issue, refusing to respond directly and instead remarking to CNN that Trump, “can say whatever he wants to say” about Bill.

To date the former president has, himself, also refused to discuss Trump’s comments, or the accusations made by any of the women who have come forward to claim improper advances by Clinton. The most damning of which is Juanita Broaddrick, who claimed that Clinton raped her in 1978 — and that Hillary Clinton tried to intimidate and discredit her.

The 42nd president’s words on the trail seem to indicate he understands that nobody wants niceties in this election and that people are demanding the political equivalent of a steel cage match this election cycle. He clearly believes that an optimistic, upbeat message, which is what he claims he wants to deliver to voters, is potentially going to hurt his wife’s campaign more than it could help it.

As the former president struggles with his role in the campaign, he continues to support his wife in South Dakota while she attends fundraisers this weekend in the conservative stronghold of Texas.

h/t Washington Examiner


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NBA superstar Steph Curry has won the NBA MVP for two consecutive seasons. But many fans don’t know what he attributes his success to. There’s something about Steph Curry that makes him more than just a professional basketball player.

CURRY: “There’s more to me than just this jersey I wear, and that’s Christ living inside of me.”

Curry takes the Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” to heart, and has put it on his signature sneakers.

CURRY: There’s so many things that we have to overcome in this life and Jesus and His work on the cross — He’s paid the ultimate price for us, so I’m proud to be a child of God.

Curry continues to work to add to his team’s championship total, but there’s always something else on his mind.

CURRY: “I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game that can be taken from me at any moment. But I love that basketball gives me the opportunities to do good things for people and to point them towards the man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that’s something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.

“When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent and who I believe in. When you’ve been blessed with talents to play sports at a high level, each time it’s in His name that we go out there and perform and compete and use the gifts He’s given us in the right way.”

The long-awaited report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi will be released this summer, Committee Chair Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Friday.

“We’re going to get the report out. It’ll be in the next month,” Gowdy told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet The Press Daily, adding that it would be published for certain before this summer’s political conventions.

“I can’t stop an investigation because an executive branch agency won’t give me documents, and we’re still owed documents,” Gowdy said.

The committee is investigating the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed. The report is expected to be an item in the presidential campaign because of the actions of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time of the attacks.

Democrats have attacked the committee, saying that the panel’s more than two years of investigations are politically motivated and timed to impact Clinton’s chances in the election.

Asked whether the timing of the release would bring accusations of playing politics, Gowdy told reporters recently, “I don’t look at it that way.”

Instead, he said, “I look at it as whether or not you are going to conclude an investigation before you have talked to all the witnesses and accessed all the documents.”

“The calendar is the calendar,” Gowdy said. “But, you know, the flip side of that is to say, ‘Yeah, we were owed documents, and yeah, we had witnesses who came in at the last minute, but because we were afraid of media criticism because of some conventions coming up, we went ahead and shortened our investigation.’”

Administration delays have been blamed as a reason the report has taken so long.

“If we had had the cooperation of the State Department, the D.O.D., the C.I.A., you know, we could have gotten through this a lot quicker,” Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., said Wednesday. “But, you know, when you are waiting six, eight, 10 months on documents and they dump ’em 18, 20,000 at a time, it delays it.”

h/t: Mediaite

Saying a recent federal edict to schools was constitutionally and morally wrong, Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma introduced a resolution Thursday calling upon their congressional representatives to impeach President Barack Obama.

The Obama administration last week ordered schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choosing.

“Oklahomans are simply not going to stand for this utter nonsense,” said Oklahoma Sen. John Bennett, a Republican. “Our phones and emails are being flooded by citizens who are enraged by this president’s attempt to use our children as pawns in a liberal agenda.”

“This directive is Biblically wrong, a violation of our state’s sovereignty and it is a serious public safety issue,” he added.  “This directive to schools is not only unlawful, but the breadth of overreach in this instance by the Obama Administration is shocking. We are working on legislation that would protect our citizens by not requiring our kids and women to share a facility with anyone who ‘identifies’ as a gender that they were not born. We are going to do everything we can to protect our women and children.”

The resolution, which has no force of law, reads as follows:

“The members of the United States House of Representatives elected from this state are hereby requested to file articles of impeachment against the President of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of Education and any other federal official liable to impeachment who has exceeded his or her constitutional authority with respect to the letter referenced in this resolution, based upon the grounds that the Constitution of the United States does not grant the executive branch of the federal government any authority whatsoever over the public education system, nor over the use of restrooms or other facilities thereof.”

On Friday, an Oklahoma Senate committee passed a separate proposal to allow students to use religious grounds as a reason to have separate bathrooms from those open to transgender students. The full Senate will now consider that proposal.

h/t: Fox News

 

Conservatives in the #NeverTrump category are looking around for other options. Weekly Standard founder William Kristol has been floating the idea of a third-party candidate and Red State founder Erick Erickson just publicly pined for Mitt Romney.

Of course, there are other candidates besides Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton who are already in the race, and TV and radio host Glenn Beck has picked one.

“Austin says all the right things … he’s my guy now,” Beck told his audience, following an interview with Libertarian Party candidate Austin Petersen on his radio show Friday.

In a post on his official Facebook page, the Libertarian candidate expressed his gratitude, “Thank you Glenn Beck! When I am the nominee of the Libertarian Party for president after next week, I will build the grandest coalitiion outside the two major parties that this country has ever seen!”

Petersen, 35, is perhaps best known as producer of Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano, and as the owner and operator of the popular Libertarian Republic website.

Despite some policy differences with conservatives on social issues and foreign policy, he has seemingly gained at least some measure of respect from important members of the right, including National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke and Kevin Williamson  (who interviewed him recently) and conservative stalwart Ben Shapiro, who said that Petersen is “probably better than Trump” during a recent edition of his daily podcast.

None of these well-known conservatives have endorsed Petersen yet besides Beck, but his common ground with them on issues like abortion, combined with disenchantment over Trump being the Republican nominee, has at least raised his name recognition in right-leaning political circles.

All of this momentum is nice for Petersen. However, for it to matter for him at all, he will have to win the Libertarian nomination. That may not happen, as he is currently in a fight for the nomination with 2012 Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor who has much greater name recognition and has polled in double digits when put up against Trump and Clinton.

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, billionaire Mark Cuban said he would be “wide open” to being Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate, provided she moved more to center.

“You joke that you would love to be Clinton’s running mate as long as you are allowed to throw bombs at [Republican candidate Donald] Trump. If she really did come to you, would you listen?” asked Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press.

“Absolutely, but the key would be that she’d have to go more to center, I think,” replied Cuban. “I like the fact that Senator Clinton has thought-out proposals, that’s a good thing, because at least we get to see exactly where she stands.”

Cuban did express concerns, however, that Clinton’s competition with Sen. Bernie Sanders has pushed her “too far to the left.”

“Senator Sanders has dragged her a little bit too far to the left, things like college tuition and other business elements that really, I think, could hurt the economy,” said Cuban.

He stipulated that if Clinton was willing to back away from these leftist positions, he would legitimately consider being her running mate.

“If she’s willing to listen, if she’s willing to hear other sides of things, then I’m wide open to discussing it,” Cuban concluded.

On Monday, Cuban said if the election were held at that moment, he would vote for Clinton, albeit with reservations. According to Cuban, she has clearly defined positions, which the other candidates lack, and this is an important criteria for the billionaire.

“The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know. I know what Hillary’s positions are,” said Cuban, begrudgingly. “I can go to Hillary’s websites and there’s spreadsheets, there’s depth, there’s analysis, there’s details. I can go to Donald’s website, which I have — he lists issues, he lists top-line things that he’d like to do, but he doesn’t say how he’s going to get there.”

h/t: TheBlaze

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