David Catron

David Catron is a health care consultant and frequent contributor to The American Spectator. You can follow him on Twitter at @Catronicus.

 

The Media Finally Admit Obamacare Is Collapsing

 

William Tecumseh Sherman famously said, “If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.” Sherman’s boss, Ulysses S. Grant, was more diplomatic in his memoirs: “Correspondents of the press were… not always disposed to report correctly what did […]

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The Most Asinine Claim About the AHCA

 

If one takes seriously the wild characterizations of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that have appeared in the media since last week, the Republicans have transformed the House of Representatives from a branch of the national legislature into a veritable abattoir. The GOP is not merely guilty of “consigning thousands of people with serious […]

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AHCA Fails to Cover Pre-Existing Progressive Hysteria

 

The Republicans cruelly ignored a rapidly spreading epidemic as they crafted the partial repeal of Obamacare that passed in the House yesterday: They failed to include any provision in AHCA that provides mental health benefits for balmy liberals whose thin tether to sanity has been severed by the success of the GOP and President Trump. […]

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Obamacare and the Gutless Wonders of the GOP

 

The GOP holds majorities in both houses of Congress, the president is a Republican, and only a tiny minority of the voters support Obamacare in its present form. It should be possible, under these propitious circumstances, for the Republicans to honor their pledge to repeal the rapidly imploding “reform” law. Yet the party that ended […]

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Why the GOP Is in No Rush to Repeal Obamacare

 

President Trump recently stated that he would like the House of Representatives to move forward on its revised Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill immediately after Congress returns from its spring recess. On Saturday, however, Speaker Paul Ryan announced that no vote was scheduled on the measure. The Trump administration would like to chalk up a […]

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Trump Should Stop Illegal Obamacare Subsidies Now

 

President Trump has an opportunity to unilaterally halt an unconstitutional corporate welfare scheme, deal Obamacare a mortal blow, and save the taxpayers more than $100 billion. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled last year that the Obama administration had unconstitutionally dispensed subsidies to insurers, holding that it had flouted the Appropriations Clause by doling out […]

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Can Dr. Price Cure Us of Obamacare?

 

Now that a perverse combination of political posturing, magical thinking, and media mendacity has ruined what was probably the last real opportunity to cure us of Obamacare, the most we can hope for is relief from the disease’s worst symptoms. Ironically, the most promising source of this palliative care is the authority ceded to the […]

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Why the Freedom Caucus Has Reopened Repeal Talks with Ryan and Trump

 

The most telling feature of Melissa Mackenzie’s post about the decision of House Speaker Ryan and President Trump to reopen negotiations with the “100-Percent-Of-Nothing” caucus is the New York Times report to which she refers. The Times claims, “House Republican leaders and the White House, under extreme pressure from conservative activists, have restarted negotiations on […]

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Who Owns Obamacare Now?

 

Otto von Bismarck famously said, “Politics is the art of the possible.” This is a reality that President Trump and the GOP congressional leadership understand. Sadly, a small clique of rigid ideologues constituting about 10 percent of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is clearly ignorant of this fact. These people call themselves […]

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Disgusting: The Freedom Caucus Saves Obamacare Again

 

AHCA was pulled from the floor yet again this afternoon, and it now is probable that Obamacare will be the law of the land for years to come. This is an utter disaster for U.S. health care, not to mention individual liberty, and the responsibility rests squarely on shoulders of a small cadre of political […]

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