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According to this tweet, Sen. Klobuchar praised the “@mngop reinsurance proposal as solution to skyrocketing premiums.” While it’s true that the Republican plan will reduce health insurance premiums and stabilize the individual market, there’s no chance that Sen. Klobuchar will vote for that GOP legislation. The woman that portrays herself as Mrs. Bipartisanship gave Minnesota voters a glimpse into who the real Amy Klobuchar is. Earlier tonight, she appeared with Sen. Bernie Sanders, the definition of hard-leftism, on CNN. That’s astonishing. Sen. Graham is a moderate-to-liberal Republican. As I said earlier, Sen. Klobuchar consistently portrays herself as a moderate Democrat.

If that image of Sen. Klobuchar was true, shouldn’t Sen. Klobuchar be anxious to work with Sen. Graham to negotiate a bipartisan agreement? If Sen. Klobuchar reject Sen. Sanders’ extremism? That’s how it should work. Unfortunately, that isn’t what’s happening. Unfortunately, Sen. Klobuchar is siding with the least bipartisan senator in the last fifty years rather than the moderate-to-liberal Republican senator from South Carolina. I’d love to hear Sen. Klobuchar explain why this happened:

During the debate, Sen. Cassidy praised Minnesota’s system, offering Klobuchar a golden opportunity to work some bipartisan magic. Unfortunately, Sen. Klobuchar didn’t capitalize on that opportunity. Instead, she stuck with her bipartisan rhetoric and partisan actions, saying “I am asking people to join me to fix the Affordable Care Act.” “put the politics aside and put the people first.”

Sen. Cassidy clearly presented Sen. Klobuchar with the opportunity to solve the ACA’s skyrocketing premiums. Instead of accepting that offer, Sen. Klobuchar insisted on fixing the ACA. What’s astonishing is that Sen. Klobuchar’s idea of using the GOP reinsurance plan would require a major rewrite of the ACA. That wouldn’t be a tinkering-around-the-edges modification.

It’s pretty clear that Sen. Klobuchar isn’t the moderate she portrays herself to be. It’s a shame she isn’t. If she truly was a moderate, she’d be free to vote for good legislation rather than sticking with Bernie Sanders.

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A generation ago, the Democratic Party was a legitimate political party. It isn’t anymore. Today’s Democrats have gone so far around the bend that even lifelong Democrats have started backpedalling … fast. Jim Geraghty’s column illustrates just how foolish the Democratic Party is. What caught my attention is the paragraph that says “The Democratic party’s leaders haven’t changed their methods, either. They denounced Trump and his ‘Deplorables’ and the rest of the Republican party in the most furious terms in 2016, but that didn’t produce the results they wanted. In 2017, Democrats decided to just keep on doing that, but with more profanity.”

Later, Geraghty wrote “After 2016, one might have expected Democrats to reconsider their full embrace of identity politics. Instead they’ve doubled down. Instead of examining why so many voters in so many states rejected their arguments and philosophies, many within the academy and universities greeted 2017 by insisting even more adamantly that freedom of speech is dangerous and that you should be threatened or violently assaulted if you express a view they disagree with. Instead of giving the lecturing speeches at awards shows a break, Hollywood celebrities are becoming even more politically outspoken and strident, and even more openly contemptuous of roughly half their audience.”

Rational people wouldn’t think that Sending rioters to a congressman’s front steps isn’t a way to prove you’re rational, either:

These tactics might help fire up the Democratic Party’s bi-coastal base but they won’t help flip any of the districts or states that they’ll need to retake the House, Senate or the White House. Republicans will increase their margin in the Senate, thereby marginalizing John McCain, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Rand Paul. Republicans will maintain their House majority, too. Most importantly, they’ll have net gains in terms of governorships, state legislators and total control of state governments.

This isn’t because Republicans are doing a great job. I’ve repeatedly said that they aren’t. It’s because Democrats are doing a great job frightening people, either with violence or unaffordable ideas like Medicare for All.

Next November, Democrats will gather somewhere to question what went wrong … again. The Media Wing of the Democratic Party won’t accept the fact that they’re hurting the Democratic Party. The Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party won’t figure it out that their policies don’t appeal to many people. Instead, they’ll think that the enthusiasm that their supporters show are proof that they’re on the right track. They’ll be wrong … again.

Apparently, Julian Zelizer thinks that single-payer health care could be the thing that stops the Democrats’ losing streak. That’s foolishness. According to Zelizer, “Critics within the Democratic Party are warning that this is a move in the wrong direction. The party would be latching onto an idea that is far too radical. It would alienate moderate voters who don’t want bigger government and stimulate fierce opposition that would make the tea party look like kid’s play. But the critics are wrong. Medicare for All could be a winning political issue for the party. It does not need to turn out like the Republican’s failed attempts at repeal and replace.”

Dr. Zelizer is right. Single-payer wouldn’t “need to turn out like the Republican’s failed attempts at repeal and replace.” With single-payer estimated to cost almost as much per year as the entire federal budget, a failure the size of the Republicans’ repeal and replace fiasco would be insignificant. When the Speaker of California’s House of Representatives has to be pressured by California’s Nurses’ Union into giving their single-payer bill a single hearing, you know it’s a Titanic-sized disaster.

According to estimates, California’s single-payer plan would cost their state $400,000,000,000. Per year. Scale that out to paying for everyone in the United States and the total cost skyrockets to $3.000,000,000,000. Per year. Then there’s this:

The most important contribution that Sanders’ plan would make is to offer Democrats a clear and compelling idea to fight for at a time that the party has seemed aimless — other than in its hatred of President Donald Trump. After too many years of small ball, Sanders’s proposal would offer Democratic officials and candidates the opportunity to think big and to show that they have a concrete vision for making the lives of working-class Americans better.

There’s no disputing that people could accuse Democrats of playing small ball after that. People would be able to accuse Democrats of being insane but that isn’t anything new.

The thing that voters care about is whether ideas provide solutions. It isn’t just that single-payer isn’t a solution. It’s that it creates another set of problems to be saved from. There’s no way to pay for it!

Dr. Zelizer talked frequently about the Republicans’ repeal and replace efforts. He insisted that Obamacare couldn’t be replaced because too many people like it. That’s foolishness. Here in Minnesota, the legislature didn’t just let Obamacare ruin the individual market. They reformed it by implementing a reinsurance option. If HHS approves the program, health insurance premiums will stabilize.

The lesson to be learned is that people are open to change. It’s just that people demand that it be positive change.

There’s no denying the fact that Bernie Sanders doesn’t believe in timidity. That doesn’t mean he believes in total transparency. It just means that he’s prone to proposing wild ideas.

Proposing the Medicare for All Act of 2017 fits into that category. Intelligent people don’t propose legislation like that. Intelligent people don’t co-sponsor legislation like that, either. Matthew Continetti’s article highlights how far left the Democratic Party has drifted.

According to the article, “‘Mr. Sanders did not say how he would pay for his bill,’ writes Robert Pear of the New York Times. ‘Aides said he would issue a list of financing options.’ The ‘options’ are not included in the bill—but they are enough to raise the hair on the back of one’s neck.”

Sen. Sanders didn’t include his financing preferences because his bill is unaffordable. According to this LA Times article, “A single-payer healthcare system in California — a galvanizing cause among the state’s progressive flank — would cost $400 billion annually, according to a legislative analysis released on Monday.” Later, the article states:

The analysis, released in advance of the proposal’s hearing in a key fiscal committee, fills in what has so far been the biggest unanswered question concerning the plan to dramatically overhaul California’s healthcare coverage. The analysis found that the proposal would require:

A total cost of $400 billion per year to cover all healthcare and administrative costs. Of that, $200 billion of existing federal, state and local funds could be repurposed to go toward the single-payer system. The additional $200 billion would need to be raised from new taxes.

California’s population represents approximately one-eighth of the US population. Multiply that $400,000,000,000 times 8 to get to the approximate annual cost of Sen. Sanders’ hoax. This isn’t a plan because Sen. Sanders all but officially admits that it’s impossible to fund his fantasy:

The Sanders bill would add hundreds of millions of people into an already financially-strapped program while making it more generous — within four years. At no point in the legislation does he describe how he would expect to pay for this ambitious idea or deal with massive disruption it would mean for businesses, workers, and those trying to access care.

Not dealing with a massive spending increase is like declaring war but forgetting to name who you’ve declared war on. That’s utter insanity. Here’s Bernie and his politically suicidal friends touting Bernie’s Medicare for All Act of 2017:

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