pertaining to the so-called Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Obamacare Lives But Your Hospital Is Dying

David Catron, The American Spectator

Obamacare is rendering free-standing community hospitals extinct. They are being forced out if business or into the arms of medical monopolies. If you live in a rural area, this is dangerous for your health. If you have a medical emergency and must be rushed to the ER, you will likely be driven past a defunct hospital to a distant facility where you will be treated by a hospital-employed doctor whom you have never met.

Jeff Flake: A Book By A Fake Conservative With No Conscience

We urge CHQ readers to skip Flake’s screed against the voters he has failed as a member of Congress and read the original Goldwater – Bozell version of Conscience of a Conservative instead.

Obamacare: Time for Trump to Make Congress Share Our Pain

David Catron, The American Spectator

Republicans would bring new meaning to the term, “stupid party,” if they pass any legislation appropriating money for cost reduction payments or any other insurer bail-out. Meanwhile, Trump should immediately strip Congress of its illegal Obamacare exemption. He should allow every member of the House and Senate, as well as their small armies of aides, to experience the joy of Obamacare. That would focus their attention wonderfully.

So-Called Fact Checkers Keep Butchering The Facts About Obamacare

David Harsanyi, The Federalist

If people are persistently told that the GOP is preparing to “slash” Medicaid by a bazillion dollars and “revoke” the insurance of 26 million people, the average voter has every reason to be concerned. And if there isn’t a single Republican lawmaker out there effectively slapping down these misleading claims, voters will be. Republicans certainly can’t rely on factcheckers.

Senate votes to move forward on Obamacare repeal

Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

Republican senators voted Tuesday to move forward on their seven-year pledge to repeal portions of Obamacare, with Vice President Mike Pence issuing the tie-breaking vote to unlock hours of debate to assemble details of a final healthcare bill. The vote began as much as 20 hours of debate on the House-passed healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act, and a new bill will be swapped in its place.

A Peek Behind the Curtain at Our Incompetent Congress

Roger Kimball, PJ Media

I opined back in 2008 that there was  a "burgeoning democratic anger preparing to expel the smirking, incompetent toadies who orchestrated and presided over this catastrophe." In a way, I suppose that the election of Donald Trump was a fulfillment of that prediction.  But though a majority of representatives and senators now have Rs next to their names, the incompetent toady factor remains high, very high.

To Eliminate Obamacare Stress the Three Cs: Choice, Competition, and Cost Reduction

Stephen Moore, The American Spectator

Under a choice-based system perhaps as many as 80 percent of Americans will see premiums fall by as much as $3,000 to $5,000 a year. As costs come down, more will sign up for coverage and if the CBO doesn’t get this simple rule of economics, they should be fired. Liberals understand that giving Americans the right to freely choose their own insurance plan will quickly render Obamacare and its expensive‎ mandates and regulations irrelevant. It will be the death of Obamacare.

When insurance becomes a method of taxation

Daniel Oliver, Washington Times

People should be free to buy whatever health insurance they want, whether low deductible or catastrophic. Poor people can be subsidized as necessary, but not to the extent of making them better off than the people who pay the taxes that subsidize them. The inevitable free-riders should be dealt with sufficiently harshly to discourage free-riding. The market will work if we let it.

Blame dishonest Democrats who created Obamacare and lied about it

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Obamacare is circling the throat of the toilet and taking the economy, the American people and even insurance industry with it. And Mr. Schumer’s argument here is that Mr. Trump and Republicans are to blame for not FIXING the Obamacare that Mr. Schumer foisted on the American people? Like I said, only the most dishonest weasels are capable of preening at times like this.

Obamacare Survives Thanks to Republican Moral Narcissism

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Politics is not just the art of the possible; it's often the art only of the marginally possible.  Large changes, particularly in something like healthcare, are extraordinarily difficult to achieve and need the most ardent team play.  Democrats, honed on schoolboy marxism, know that.  Republicans, a significant number anyway, apparently don't care as long as they can appear untarnished to their constituents -- or is it to themselves?

Trump: 'I'm not going to own' Obamacare collapse

Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

President Trump said Tuesday that Republicans should allow Obamacare to collapse and wait for Democrats to seek the GOP's help fixing it now that the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed. Trump told reporters at the White House that his preference is "to let Obamacare fail," an approach he said "will be a lot easier."

Why the Cruz amendment is smart policy

Stephen Moore, CNN

If the GOP is smart enough to rally behind the Cruz amendment, and health costs and premiums start falling almost immediately, we will start to have what Obamacare never delivered: affordable care. And by the way, Trump will get reelected in a landslide and so will congressional Republicans.

John Kasich spokesman calls out Mike Pence comments on Medicaid

Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

A spokesman for Ohio Gov. John Kasich called out Vice President Pence Friday for saying that Obamacare impacted waiting lists for people with disabilities. Pence, speaking at the National Governors Association summer conference in Providence, R.I., said that "far too many able-bodied" adults were placed in Medicaid under Obamacare. Kasich spokesperson John Keeling shared links about Pence's claim on Twitter and called it "#FakeNews."

How Many Jobs Does ObamaCare Kill?

Casey B. Mulligan, Wall Street Journal

Nationwide, we estimate the ACA-inspired practice of keeping payrolls below 50 has cost roughly 250,000 jobs. The ACA is an important reason why the growth rates of employment, wages, productivity and GDP continue to be substandard. Maybe it is time for repeal.

Ted Cruz faces tough Obamacare questions at otherwise friendly town hall

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Near the tail end of a forum with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that was sponsored and run by Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative group, an argument broke out over the merits of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Cruz said he is pleased with the progress of negotiations to repeal the law in the Senate, although he conceded during the forum: "It's been bumpy. I am not certain we'll get it done. I hope we will. I believe we will."

Demagogues Bashing Obamacare Repeal

Betsy McCaughey, Investor's Business Daily

The real threat to seniors isn't Medicaid funding levels. It's that Medicaid officials tolerate substandard nursing home care, when they could use the program's market clout to demand safer care. About 66 percent of long-term residents are paid for by Medicaid. Frail, elderly nursing home residents shouldn't be made to suffer. That's the goal protesters and politicians should focus on. Enough with the partisan scare tactics.

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives Back Trump On ObamaCare Repeal

When asked whether ObamaCare has succeeded or failed more than 95% of respondents to FedUp PAC’s latest poll agree that ObamaCare has failed, and should be repealed pending passage of a replacement plan.

Will the Senate Goldilocks Caucus Save Obamacare?

David Catron, The American Spectator

If Ted Cruz's plan passes muster under the rules of reconciliation, he could emerge as the most sensible member of the Goldilocks Caucus, and conservatives like Senators Lee and Johnson would be hard put to undercut the Texas Senator and retain their credibility. Assuming the conservatives fall in line with Cruz, only “moderates” like Capito, Heller, Moran, and Portman can kill BCRA. Either way, the fate of Obamacare and your health care future will be decided by the Goldilocks Caucus.

Dean Heller becomes One and Done Dean

Wayne Allyn Root, Las Vegas Review Journal

The people who are being ripped off to pay the massive Obamacare bill are members of the GOP base. Dean Heller’s base. Those are the people Heller just stabbed in the back. While the people Heller is “protecting” will never vote for him, no matter what he does for them. Mark it down: Unless Sen. Heller changes course and votes to repeal Obamacare, he just became “One and Done Dean.”

No Obamacare Repeal – No August Recess For Congress

The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044, we urge CHQ readers to call their Representative and Senators; tell them to skip the August Recess to repeal and replace Obamacare, pass the Trump budget and put a pro-growth tax reform package on President Trump’s desk.