44 Numbers From 2017 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
-John Adams

“In 2017, the federal government spent more than 4 trillion dollars for the first time ever.”

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44 Numbers From 2017 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe:

2017 went by way too quickly.  Donald Trump’s first year in the White House shook up the entire planet, and nobody is quite sure what is going to happen next.

Personally, as 2017 began I was still having a hard time actually believing that Trump was going to be our president.  Once he was finally inaugurated on January 20th I was able to relax a little bit, but at that point I had no idea that I would soon be running for Congress here in Idaho as a pro-Trump candidate.

As 2018 begins, I think that it would be good to look back and remember some of the most important things that happened over the past 12 months.

The following are 44 numbers from 2017 that are almost too crazy to believe…

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Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico?

Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico?:

This is what can happen when you go to a socialized healthcare system.  A lot of people out there believe that the United States has a free market healthcare system, but that is actually not true.  The percentage of the population that receives government-subsidized healthcare is rapidly approaching 50 percent, and the healthcare industry may be the most heavily regulated sector of the entire U.S. economy.  Every year the rules, red tape and regulations seem to get even worse, and every year health insurance premiums rise much faster than the overall rate of inflation.  If we don’t start applying free market principles and start getting healthcare costs under control, our entire healthcare system could very easily implode.

I would like to share with you an excerpt from an article by former DEA agent David Hathaway.  According to Hathaway, the average cost for an appendectomy in the United States is $33,000

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Obamacare Set To Drive New Wave Of Hospital Bankruptcies

Obamacare Set To Drive New Wave Of Hospital Bankruptcies:

Back in 2008, one of the biggest arguments in favor of Obamacare was that the legislation would help alleviate bad debt at hospitals created by people who required emergency care but didn’t have health insurance or the financial means to cover their treatment.  Reality has played out somewhat differently…

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“This Is Absolutely Crazy”: Obamacare Signups Start As Americans Increasingly Balk At Surging Premiums

“This Is Absolutely Crazy”: Obamacare Signups Start As Americans Increasingly Balk At Surging Premiums:

“This is crazy. This is absolutely crazy.  Four years ago, annual premiums for a mid-level “silver” plan to cover his family totaled $10,072.44. For 2017, they were $21,392.40—up 112 percent.

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Here’s How Much Your Obamacare Rates Are Going Up In 2018 (Hint: It’s A Lot And It’s All Trump’s Fault)

Here’s How Much Your Obamacare Rates Are Going Up In 2018 (Hint: It’s A Lot And It’s All Trump’s Fault):

A new study conducted by Avalere and released earlier today found that Obamacare rates will surge an average of 34% across the country in 2018.  Of course, this is in addition to the 113% average premium increase from 2013 and 2017, which brings the total 5-year increase to a staggering 185%.

Meanwhile, and to our complete shock no less, Avalere would like for you to know that the rate increases are almost entirely due to the Trump administration’s “failure to pay for cost-sharing reductions”…which is a completely reasonable guess if you’re willing to ignore the fact that 2018 premium increases are roughly in-line with the 29% constantly annualized growth rates experienced over the past 4 years before Trump ever moved into the White House…but that’s just math so who cares?

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“The Democrats ObamaCare Is Imploding” Trump Tweets Hours After Cutting Off “Broken Mess” Obamacare Subsidies

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“The Democrats ObamaCare Is Imploding” Trump Tweets Hours After Cutting Off “Broken Mess” Obamacare Subsidies:

Update: President Trump has continued to hammer Obamacare…

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As we detailed earlier, it was an early morning for a seemingly excited, insomniac Donald Trump, who shortly before 6am tweeted on the topic of the night, namely the late Thursday elimination of subsidies to health insurers, which took place just hours after the president signed an executive order to designed to draw people away from Obamacare coverage markets.

“The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding. Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!”

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Trump Signs Executive Order To Begin Unwinding Obamacare

Trump Signs Executive Order To Begin Unwinding Obamacare:

Having failed to repeal (or replace) Obamacare in the Congress on three separate occasions, on Thursday morning Trump took matters into his own hands, when as previewed last night, the President signed an executive order to begin the process of unwinding Obamacare, paving the way for sweeping changes to health-insurance regulations that would allow an expansion of less-comprehensive health plans.

“We’ve been hearing about the disaster of Obamacare for so long,” Trump said in signing the order at a White House ceremony. “For a long time, I’ve been hearing repeal, replace, repeal, replace.”

He then said that the order is “starting that process” to repeal ObamaCare. It will be the “first steps to providing millions of Americans with ObamaCare relief.”

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The Cabal Just Hit A Brick Wall, Here’s What Happened (Video)

The cabal is still in total control.

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H/t reader squodgy:

“Obamacare thrown to the wolves as competition allowed in.

Strange how those in Congress didn’t sign up to what they advocated for the masses.

Crass hypocrisy”

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Even The Cheapest Obamacare Plans Are “Unaffordable” In 94% Of American Cities, New Study Finds

Even The Cheapest Obamacare Plans Are “Unaffordable” In 94% Of American Cities, New Study Finds:

We’ve frequently warned that Obamacare is locked in an inescapable death spiral that will result in its inevitable failure.  The problem is that the folks who make too much to qualify for subsidies (currently defined as roughly $80,000 for a family of 3) are increasingly being priced out of the market for individual insurance by Obamacare’s 30%+ price hikes that consistently come year after year.  Meanwhile, those “rich” families making $80,000 a year are the ones expected to overpay for their health insurance so that a portion of their premiums can be “spread around a little bit” (as Obama likes to say) to subsidize the premiums of others.  Of course, it’s easy to see the circularity here as higher premiums equals less “full-paying” customers and less subsidies equals higher premiums…until the whole system collapses.  

Luckily you no longer have to take our word for it as eHealth.com has just published a new study that finds that, even by Obamacare’s own definition of “affordability”, residents in 47 out of 50 cities surveyed can’t afford the cheapest Obamacare plan.

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Mission accomplished!

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2018 Obamacare Premiums Surge 45% In Key Swing State Of Florida

2018 Obamacare Premiums Surge 45% In Key Swing State Of Florida:

As Congress continues to debate whether or not Obamacare is “working,” folks in the key swing state of Florida just found out that their insurance premiums for 2018 are going to surge by 45% in a single year.

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Truth Bomb Just Exploded But Is Anyone Listening (Video)

H/t reader squodgy:

“We’ve been the canary in the mine for ten years since the last collapse which was fudged and halted by the irresponsible creation of more paper money. Laughed at for being so negative even when the figures were clear.
Now it is a bigger tsunami, and there’s no way the system can be of any use.”

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Trump Touts “Highest Stock Market Ever”, Slams Congress’ Exemption From ‘Disastrous’ ObamaCare

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Trump Touts “Highest Stock Market Ever”, Slams Congress’ Exemption From ‘Disastrous’ ObamaCare:

President Trump is active this morning. His first tweet of the week was a shot across the bow of Congress (who exempted themselves from Obamacare because it was such a disaster) and suggesting – shockingly to many in DC – that insurance companies may face some pain…

But then, having discussed the “bad”, he pivoted to what he sees as “the good” – the stock market, unemployment, and wages – proclaiming there is “No White House Chaos”…

Which, as we detailed previously, could be a big mistake…

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John McCain Kills Obamacare Repeal With Single Decisive Vote

John McCain Kills Obamacare Repeal With Single Decisive Vote:

In the end it was not meant to be: Senate Republicans failed, by a single vote, to pass a month-long effort to pass Republican healthcare legislation culminating with a vote on a “skinny” bill to repeal Obamacare thanks to a single decisive vote by Donald Trump’s nemesis, John McCain.

In a devastating blow to President Trump and his healthcare agenda, Senate Republicans voted 49 to 51 to pass a slimmed down bill put forward as a last gasp effort to overhaul the US healthcare system, leaving the fate of Obamacare in the hands of Democrats and the general public.

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Senate Chaos Returns: Six Hours After Major GOP Victory, “Repeal And Replace” Is Voted Down

Senate Chaos Returns: Six Hours After Major GOP Victory, “Repeal And Replace” Is Voted Down:

Just six hours after a major victory for Senate Republicans who received enough votes to proceed on the healthcare legislation motion debate, the plan to “repeal and replace” Obamacare failed to get enough votes for approval.

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Boehner Bashes GOP – Will Never Repeal & Replace Obamacare, “It’s Been Around Too Long”

Boehner Bashes GOP – Will Never Repeal & Replace Obamacare, “It’s Been Around Too Long”:

“…they’re never… going to repeal and replace Obamacare…It’s been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it… and quit tweeting… Never get into a pissing match with a skunk. He does it every day.

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