By Tom Quiner

Dick Morris always has a unique take on politics.

Younger readers of this blog may not know his colorful background. He was an advisor to President Bill Clinton. Clinton’s first two years in office were poisoned by Hillary Clinton’s push to nationalize healthcare, which came to be known as HillaryCare.

It was a predecessor of ObamaCare. Republicans capitalized on the Clintons’ overreach, and the myriad scandals that always swirl around them, and won control of the Congress in 1994 in what is known as the “Gingrich Revolution.”

Newt Gingrich created the famous “contract with America” as a backlash against the big government solutions Hillary was orchestrating behind the scenes. The result was a remarkable pick-up of 54 seats in the House and 8 seats in the Senate for Republicans.

With Republicans back in the driver’s seat, Dick Morris became a key figure in rescuing Bill Clinton’s presidency with a strategy he dubbed, “triangulation.” Here is how Wikipedia defines it:

“In politics, triangulation is the strategy in which a political candidate presents their ideology as being above or between the left and right sides (or “wings”) of a traditional (e.g. American or British) democratic political spectrum. It involves adopting for oneself some of the ideas of one’s political opponent. The logic behind it is that it both takes credit for the opponent’s ideas, and insulates the triangulator from attacks on that particular issue.”

Bill Clinton heeded Morris’ advice, and in his famous 1996 State of the Union speech said, “the era of Big Government is over.” (I wish someone had told that to George W. Bush and Barack Obama!) To that aim, the Clinton presidency began to focus more on deregulation and a balanced budget approach that served the country well.

Dick Morris eventually fell from grace when he allowed a prostitute he was “entertaining” listen in on his phone conversation with the president, which got him fired.

He was reborn as a conservative political consultant and major thorn in the side to Hillary Clinton, whom he knows well and has nothing good about which to say.

This leads me to the insightful commentary from Dick Morris above. It really is worth watching. Morris says Obamacare is built upon coercion: you have to buy health insurance, and it has to cover everything. There is a third element: subsidies.

By executive order, President Trump has effectively eliminated the mandate and opened the door to cheaper, catastrophic insurance coverage. What Morris is saying is that even if Congress does nothing, Obamacare has already been gutted. All that remain are the subsidies.

You will no longer be forced to purchase coverage you don’t need, such as maternity coverage, gender reassignment, or contraception. You are back in the driver’s seat, free to purchase coverage that fits your financial and personal needs.

So did President Trump effectively end Obamacare? Watch the video above. You be the judge.



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  1. hocuspocus13 on February 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm

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  2. Tiffinay Compiano on February 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Excellent Tom. Thanks for sharing!

    • quinersdiner on February 17, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      You’re welcome. Great to hear from you.

  3. d. knapp on February 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    It’s all an improvement, but I sure wish Washington could get away from the desire to have my tax returns AT ALL tied to my insurance choices. Why can’t they just pass legal regulations and let me shop w/o any aspect of tax credits or deductions. I don’t like the idea I need credits OR deductions for it to be affordable. No other insurance has ANYTHING to do w/ tax returns.

    • quinersdiner on February 17, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      It all began in the 40s when the government froze wages. They allowed a tax-deduction to corporations for providing health insurance as a sop to workers who couldn’t get a pay raise. It eventually morphed into Obamacare. You are so right that government involvement has mucked up the entire system.

      • d. knapp on February 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        I may be on the tin foil hat team, but i can’t get over the idea that the feds have ANY idea what (if any) insurance I buy. When people bought their own catastrophic policies, ANYONE w/ ANY job could pay the premiums. Also, all typical care was affordable to anyone w/ a job. My mom told me how she (19) and her 20 yo hubby paid the monthly premium easily and easily managed to have my delivery paid for before I was due. Complicated stuff just went on a payment plan. I wish for such a system. everyone has to have access to several MRIs and chiropractic now. UGH! As a nurse, I remember the time when the poor had no health care… It was never. I took care of the poorest and even homeless in the hospital. They often had a private room. I just don’t know what the deal is that insurance had to explode to make necessary care affordable to the poor. Medicaid and the hospitals covered them as well as medicare. all they did was make it unobtainable to the working lower middle class. People wonder why I want no part of things the gvt makes available. There’s always a price to be paid for help from the gvt.

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