FREE MARKET HEALTH CARE
“Prices set freely by agreement between patients and health care providers”
The ideal solution for health care insurance is to keep the federal government completely out of it, seeing that the Constitution has no provision for it. Considering where we are, getting to the ideal solution must be done in steps over a period of two or three years.
- 2016 the Fiscal Times reported that there were 29 million Americans were uninsured
- Under Obamacare, only 8 million people, previously uninsured, got health insurance
- The number of uninsured increased in 2017 because of rising costs
- “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Obamacare was sold on lies
- Failed co-ops have cost tax payers $1.8 trillion
- Insurers in the exchanges have requested an average of 24% in premium increases
- As the result of government regulations, there is no cost transparency in health care
- For seven years, the American people were promised a complete repeal of Obamacare
Consumers, not government, must control health care costs.
1. Immediate full repeal of Obamacare
- Because of its destructive effect on the economy, rising premiums, the reduced number of people able to afford health insurance through Obamacare and the promises made by Republicans in Congress, Obamacare must be fully repealed.
- Congress must overturn insurance subsidies, totaling $7 billion in 2017, projected to be $10 billion in 2018
- Insurers who choose to cover pre-existing conditions, group pools and other features may appear more attractive to consumers and these options will be rewarded with consumer loyalty
2. Law allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines
- As demonstrated by increasing competition in other industries, competition in health insurance policies will lower prices, increase choice and allow consumers to be more aware of costs, allowing them more opportunity for choice.
3. Block grant money to states
- States, through state legislatures - government closer to the people - are most capable of meeting the needs of their citizens.
- Consumer-directed Health Plans (CDHP) are an innovation best administered by states. An example of this idea has been implemented in Indiana.
4. More innovation
- Block grant money used by the states will increase innovation as seen with the rise of concierge primary care medical practices, more competition will breed more innovation that reduces costs
5. Phase Out Medicare and Medicaid
- Americans are forced to pay into Medicare. To end it abruptly would cause undue hardship on those who have already paid into the system.
- Privatize Medicare to give all Americans choice to participate or provide for their own long term health care needs in the free market
6. Every county in the country can provide very low cost health care by following the model used by the Doctor’s Volunteer Clinic in St. George, Utah. Not the only clinic of its kind, all counties, with local control and local input, can provide this option.
Short list of sources: Americans for Tax Relief; Heritage Foundation; Kaiser Health News; American Enterprise Institute; USA Today; Physician’s Practice Magazine
RETURNING LAND TO THE STATES
“Our choice is between the rule of law under the people’s Constitution as it was written, and as it yet remains, on one hand, and the exertion of power without right but under ‘color of law,’ which is tyranny, on the other.” — Thomas Jefferson
- Abuse of The Antiquities Act: Originally passed in 1906, the antiquities act was passed to protect artifacts
- Department of the Interior has a $13.5-$20 billion maintenance backlog
- BLM budget alone for 2017 was $1.3 billion, an increase of $7.1 million over 2016
- Most of federal land is located in only 12 states
- Grazing fees costs have caused a decrease of 10.3 million animals grazing on public lands between 1954 and 2013
- Abundant natural resources are restricted
- SITLA (school trust) lands surrounded by federally controlled land cannot be accessed, restricting ability to use land to lower school taxes
- Before passing the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) in 1976, federal government sold land regularly
- The Enabling Act, signed in 1894, still binds the federal government to sell the land
- As demonstrated by this year’s Brian Head fire, the federal government caves to demands by environmental groups and does not manage lands efficiently
- Land policies created and enforced inconsistently, depending upon the philosophy of the Presidential administration
1. Live by agreements made in 1894
- The Enabling Act, signed in 1894, grants Utah the “same legal and political rights as the preexisting states; in terms of authority over public lands, this means that states must be granted equal authority over public lands within their state boundaries.”
- “…an understanding of the concept of limited landholdings by the federal government through an analysis of the Enclave Clause supports the notion that these lands should be divested, especially when the Property Clause is seen as a call to the federal government to do so in the process of forming new states.”
- “Once a state is created and is no more a territory, the federal government has a duty to dispose of tracts not used for enumerated purposes.
2. The State of Utah has proven that it can manage land, as evidenced by Utah’s state park budgets running in the black year after year.
3. Allowing states to manage land will create more stability in policies.
Short list of sources: Heritage Foundation; Analysis of a Transfer of Federal Lands to the State of Utah; Statehood the Territorial Imperative; Legal Analysis/Davillier Group, LLC; BYU Law Review Volume 2012/Issue 3; Renew America; Independence Institute; Utah Department of Natural Resources.
There is more than enough Constitutional evidence that the Founders never intended for the federal government to own, manage or control any land outside of Washington, D.C.
Considering the federal government’s $20 trillion debt, disposing of land to states would help to reduce debt and allow for lands to be better managed, dramatically reducing catastrophic events like the Brian Head fire.
The state of Utah passed the Utah Transfer of Public Lands in 2013, demanding that the federal government relinquish 31.2 million acres, excluding National Parks.
“Illegal immigration continues to be a major problem in the U.S. We have people coming here legally. And we should not be rewarding people who have come here illegally.” — Senator John Barosso (R-WY)
No topic has caused more angst among the American people than illegal immigration. With changing terms from "illegal aliens" to "undocumented workers," and then to "pre-citizens," politicians have tried to sway the emotions of the American people to open borders, allowing an influx of people that will overwhelm the economy and undermine sovereignty. We are already seeing the effects of this embracing of illegal immigration in the rising costs of education and health care, a factor in many states that are facing near-bankruptcy.
- There are at least 3.7 million illegal immigrant households in the U.S.
- The cost to American taxpayers of illegal immigration in the U.S. is between $73,722 and $94,391 per immigrant annually
- Although the number has declined, the majority of illegal immigration is from Mexico
- The majority of illegal immigrants locate in California, Texas, New York, Florida, New Jersey and Illinois
- Illegal immigration costs Illinois, a state on the verge of bankruptcy, $3.85 billion annually
- $25 billion is sent from this country to Mexico by illegal immigrants
- Identity theft is rampant in states with high levels of illegal immigration. In Arizona, 1 million children are victims of identity theft, with many innocent victims suffering life-long consequences
- Even in the best scenario, where immigrants pay taxes of almost $19 billion, national costs are just under $135 billion, a deficit of $116 billion
- The four countries from which the most illegal immigrants come: Mexico, India, China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), Philippines
- According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) in 2010, approximately 300,000 to 400,000 babies are born annually to illegal immigrant mothers. Only 30 nations allow for birthright citizenship, including 29 in the Americas. Birthright citizenship provides threshold for illegal immigrant parents.
- There have been reports that Chinese women in the later stages of pregnancy have come to the U.S., settling in California, having their babies and going back to China so when their children are older, they can return with their child’s birth certificate in hand
- A $20 trillion federal debt is made heavier by costs of illegal immigration
- Onerous LEGAL immigration system
- LEGAL immigrants resent DACA because of the special considerations given to those who came here as a result of breaking the law
1. Build a wall on our southern border with Mexico. Most countries with secure borders have natural boundaries. Although the Rio Grande River has been seen as a natural boundary for many decades, it has become abundantly clear that this is not enough because in places, it is particularly shallow, eliminating any possible positive effect.
- Use the example of Saudi Arabia’s wall being built on its border with Iraq. No need to reinvent the wheel. Cost of building the wall can be recouped in a decade. Withhold foreign aid from Mexico to recoup some of the costs
- Require businesses to use e-verify and prove that they have used it in EVERY hiring situation
- Hefty fines for employers who hire illegal aliens
- Completely reform LEGAL immigration
- The cost of LEGAL immigration is onerous; simplify to encourage people of all economic groups to come here legally
- End DACA: these approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants have had two years to get the process of being here legally started. If they have not done that, they can go to native countries and start the process of becoming legal there.
- Connect all law enforcement agencies to one central data base that tracks those who over-stay visas, commit identity theft or otherwise break the law. Deport them. Keep them on a watch list to prevent them from returning.
- Universal amnesty and universal deportation make little sense. Establish a vetting matrix, tied into the central database to determine which illegal immigrants will be permitted to stay in the country. Require basic speaking, reading of English to become a citizen. Subject extreme vetting, patterned after systems in Canada and Australia, before allowing immigrants, both legal and illegal, into the U.S.
- Eliminate birthright citizenship
- Reform LEGAL immigration
Short list of sources: Hoover Institute; Center for Immigration Studies; The Hill; Federation for American Immigration Reform; Heritage Foundation; Pew Research; Migration Policy Institute; WND.com.
BUDGET, TAXES & DEBT
“Most wealth in the United States is not distributed at all. People create it, earn it, save it and spend it.” — Thomas Sowell
No discussion of taxes and debt can be complete without addressing the federal budget. The federal government is $20 trillion in debt. That equates 100% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is unsustainable in any scenario. A multi-year, phased approach consisting of a combination of tax reform and spending cuts is the only way to get the debt down to a wise 18% of GDP.
- Two-thirds of the federal government budget is mandatory spending
- The largest area of discretionary spending is the Defense Department
- Social Security, an item in the category of mandatory spending, is one-third of the overall spending
- Corporate income taxes stunt employment and overall economic growth
- Borrowing from foreign governments create a national security risk
- Tax reform creates more income, but without spending cuts, the debt disparity may be somewhat reduced but not eliminated
- This level of debt can only go one place: to future generations who will experience taxation without representation
- Continuing resolutions are NOT budgets
- Countries, like companies, that do not budget will fail
- The U.S. has not had a formal budget since 1997
- Expenditures in 2015 were $3.8 trillion
1. The ideal solution is a balanced budget amendment. In lieu of that, a law that requires Congress to balance the budget annually must be enacted
- Withhold Congressional pay until balanced budget law is passed
2. Pass a law that requires all bills to be passed with one topic and one topic only, eliminating the “pork” often added to bills
3. Reform and phase out Social Security
4. Reform and phase out Medicare and Medicaid
5. Eliminate (partial list, places to start)
- Departments of Education, savings of $107 billion
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), savings of $5.7 billion
- Turn western lands back to the states, savings combination of all agencies budgets that “manage” land, including BLM, Forest Service, etc.
- Corporation for Public Broadcasting, savings of $440 million
- Defund Planned Parenthood, saving at least $1 billion (definitive numbers difficult to find)
- Eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, savings of approximately $280 million
6. Outside audit of Defense Department to cut fraud and duplication of programs, and to find programs that can be cut but still ensure the federal government’s ability to “provide for the common defense”
7. Apply all savings to counter the debt
8. Start a “Rainy Day” fund for future potential needs, including natural disaster relief