The Case for the Affordable Care Act Repeal

Currently, the United States Senate is considering a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obama Care. As of today, July 16, 2017, it doesn’t appear that the United States Senate has the votes required to pass a replacement, according to Senator Rand Paul. In this article, without debate of whether the ACA is fair or unjust, I will make the argument for a full repeal of the ACA by the United States Congress.

This brings us to the question of why I feel that the ACA should be repealed. I feel that government should be codified and administered at the lowest possible level to allow the people the greatest amount of representation in their laws and operations. If we ask ourselves, can the States codify and administer something similar to the ACA, I believe the answer is yes.

Is it logical for the Federal Government to build roads in towns? Likewise, does it make sense for towns to administer their own armies for their protection? That is a pretty easy answer in both cases, and the answer is no.

If the Federal government were to come in to build and maintain the roads of a town, there would likely be some very well constructed roads that would come with hefty price tags. Along with that, the citizens of the town would have very little say in how those roads were built. Also, those roads may not fit the needs of the people of the town. This is because the Federal government answers to the needs of the entire Republic and not the needs of the people of the town. In addition, it would also be tougher to identify price fixing and kickbacks by the towns because of the decreased insight into those operations administered by the Federal government.

If a town were to try to maintain a standing army, they simply would not have means of purchasing the necessary equipment for current day warfare. The town would also not have efficient coordination with the other standing armies of nearby towns for defense of the Republic from outside invasion. Our founders recognized those issues and designated the United States Congress to take care of those needs.

In Europe, countries codify and administer their own health and welfare systems. In most cases, the countries in Europe that are running their own health and welfare systems have similar or smaller population than many of our states. All things besides population being equal, this gives the European countries an advantage in efficiency when running their healthcare systems when compared to the Federal government administering the ACA. This, in turn, gives European countries a tax advantage and allows European companies to be more efficient than companies based in the United States because the European Companies will pay less taxes. In the short run most people won’t notice the disadvantages, but in the long run this can create some big disadvantages with businesses based in the United States.

With these reasons listed above, I argue that the ACA should be repealed by the United States Congress and each state should take charge in passing laws and administering something similar to the ACA if the people of that state desire it be so.

August 2017 Schedule of East Texas Events

Below are some of the top events happening during August 2017 for East Texas

August 11
Kid’s Night Out
Kids play night
6:30-10:00 pm
Tyler, TX – Green Acres Baptist Church
https://www.gabc.org/kids-night-out/

August 11
John Ritter Tribute Showcase
Country music talent contest
Carthage, TX
https://www.tcmhof.com/showcase/19-showcase

August 12
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Show
Show honoring Texans who made their mark in the Country Music industry
Carthage, TX
https://www.tcmhof.com/

August 12
Main Street Art Stroll
Art & Entertainment
Noon to 5 pm
Gladewater, TX
https://www.facebook.com/artstroll

August 12 & 13
163rd East Texas Sacred Harp Singing National Competition
Folk Christian Music
Henderson, TX
http://visithendersontx.com/events/157th-east-texas-sacred-harp-singing-convention/”>

August 26 & 27
Jefferson Gun & Knife Show
Boutique Style Gun & Knife Show
Jeffersonian Institute Building – Jefferson, TX
http://www.jefferson-texas.com/gun-and-knife-exposition/

Main Street Art Stroll

10 Things You May Not Anticipate When Moving From California to East Texas

1. Fireflies – Unlike California, those sparks flying through the evening sky aren’t a threat to light the chaparral or tumbleweeds on fire.

2. Morning Dew – In California, morning dew is associated with the cool air coming off the Pacific Ocean. In East Texas, this morning dew has nothing to do with the cool air coming off the Pacific Ocean, and can exist at 80 degrees or more.

3. Overcast Morning Skies – Kinda like June Gloom, but again, at 80 degrees or more. Also, without those mountains, finds it’s way 250 miles inland.

4. Ya’ll – When “you guys” get replaced by “ya’ll” it takes a bit of time getting used to.

5. BBQ Brisket Tacos – Yes, there can be a better taco, and I found it in East Texas. If this post gets to 50 comments, I will let “ya’ll” know where you can get them at.

6. Wasps – Yes, California has wasps, but it seems that these little guys join us just about every time we are barbequing (so cliché) outside in East Texas. If you have ever been stung by one, you would have a proper respect and understanding of these creatures.

7. Rain Only Associated with Lightning and Thunder – In California, it generally rains without lightning and thunder. In East Texas, I’m pretty sure that never happens. Oh, and when it rains, it’s likely to drop 2 inches in less than an hour.

8. Cheaper Gas – You understand that gas will be cheaper in Texas than in California. What you may not realize is that gas in East Texas is generally cheaper than the rest of Texas.

9. Turtles – Let’s just say, they’re everywhere.

10. The Trashman – Probably the best of all, the trashman will get out of his truck and pick up the garbage I place outside of the overflowing can.

East Texas Pines