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Quit calling it a repeal
By Mr. David Zanotti

A law is not repealed when it is left on the books and you reserve the right to utilize over 1100 provisions contained within that law. So can we please quit pretending. The current bill on Obamacare in the House is a "repair" bill. It does not repeal the law nor does it replace it with a new law. It cuts out some pieces and puts in new ones. The new ones are better than the old -- perhaps -- but the law is still on the books. Even worse, Step Number Two in the Ryan plan is to USE Obamacare's illegitimate transfer of authority to the Department of Health and Human Services and send Dr. Tom Price into the law with "poison pills" that will negate certain undesireable regulations. This is truly clever but perhaps too clever by at least half. First it accepts the unconstitutional and illogical transfer of healthcare decisions to the federal bureaucracy. Second, if you live by Obamacare, you will die by it. When the Democrats get back into power, and they surely will, they can come right back and undo everything Dr. Price accomplished. 

Finally, Speaker Ryan wants us to believe that the Senate which will not give him 60 votes to repeal Obamacare will give him 60 votes somewhere down road to pass major new changes to Obamacare. These are the changes Speaker Ryan claims will not fit in budget reconcilliation. Why not? The entire Obamacare law reached final approval on a simple majority vote via reconcilliation. So why not take the same law off the books the same way. Ryan claims it will not pass reconcilliation because of raising the deficit. Well, then add the "replacement" measures you have claimed for eight years will cost less. 

The Republicans have passed several laws repealing and replacing Obamacare as recently as last year with unanimous Republican support. Why not do the same today? We have heard all the non-answers, Mr. Speaker. Now how about the truth?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 09:33 PM

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Asking Questions
By Mr. David Zanotti

I watched Dr. Tom Price on a CNN "Town Hall" the other night. Who is Tom Price? He is a Physician, former member of Congress and now the Secretary of Health and Human Services in charge of Obamacare. 

No, Congress is NOT nearly in charge of Obamacare. Congress gave the Secretary of HHS a list of over 1100 places in law where he/she could decide the fate of the national health care program - without Congressional or Presidential review. Of course that sounds scary and crazy at the same time. The few people that actually read Obamacare have been railing about this crazy set up for eight years.

Now that Republicans have a person of their own choosing running HHS - we should quit complaining and just use those 1100 power portals to blow up Obamacare from the inside, right? That sounds like a pretty effective plan. That is what Paul Ryan wants to do. But is that the right way to run a healthcare plan? To permit political appointees to blow up a system or repair it or remake it everytime a new President comes along?

Of course nobody stopped to ask those kinds of questions on CNN. The typical set-up questions were all lined up to play "gotcha" with Dr. Price. Several questions from the audience began with "How dare you try to take away my Obamacare!" A bit predictable, right?

What was sad about the evening and this entire debate is that few people ever question the questioners. One time Dr. Price did so. An angry woman was lecturing Dr. Price about how her health plan premiums will skyrocket in the reform legislation because of her age. Dr. Price asked her how she purchased her health insurance. She responded that she got her plan from her retirement package as a school teacher. The good doctor then reminded her that her coverage was not a part of the current Obamacare program nor would it be touched in the proposed reform legislation. 

"Oh..."

Next question, please. 

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:54 PM

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The Inspiration of Broadway
By Mr. David Zanotti

Music often notes a change of heart or mind. Music even notes changes in culture. We sing Yankee Doodle and teach it to our children when they learn of the War for Independence. We sing Yankee Doodle Dandy because of Broadway and film. The Public Square is privileged to tell the story of American liberty using all the tools available including music, theater and the arts. Recently we sponsored an event in Naples, Florida that you can hear on The Public Square. It is a celebration of some of the most inspiring songs from the American theater in a beautiful show produced and performed by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. Their special musical guest is Broadway legend J. Mark McVey. I won't spoil the rest but to say - please -- listen to The Inspiration of Broadway on The Public Square. 

And remember, you can download the FREE phone app for The Public Square -- and take the broadcast with you anywhere, anytime and share it with a friend. Visit your app store and download, search for The Public Square and just hit install. Takes about 90 seconds and you are empowered to be your own radio station. 

Thursday, March 09, 2017, 11:05 AM

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From a Diner in Kentucky?
By Mr. David Zanotti

So the Democrats had to come up with a response to President Trump's first address to Congress. How easy should that have been? After eight years of the most elegant rhetoric from President Obama surely the Democrats would have someone in the wings to counter the new, rhetorically-challenged Donald Trump.

The Democrats seemed primed for the event. The ladies of the House all dressed in Hillary's Vatican white attire. The Democrats refused to applaud the President. They sat in protest as he called for the support of law enforcement and then left the hall immediately after the speech in total disrepect. Their whole act had the creativity of a junior high school student council.

Their real opportunity to shine, however, was their official response. They chose a former Governor, sitting in a near empty diner in Kentocky who lectured us about our "democracy". He never called Obamacare by name. Suddenly Democrats only want to talk about the Affordable Care Act and how it gave healthcare to 22 million people. Well, thats less than half the 47 million people they promised to help. What about the 25 million they left behind?

And this from a near empty, poorly-lit diner?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 11:09 PM

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The evidence, please?
By Mr. David Zanotti

Is it all a distraction designed to destroy a Presidency? It is driven by deep psychological needs and a profound hatred of an individual. If you stare at it or focus upon it you will be wasting a lot of time and energy. The US media hates Donald Trump. John McCain and his daughter hate Donald Trump. The Democrat Party hates Donald Trump. Shepherd Smith hates Donald Trump. Lots of elite people from D.C. to Hollywood hate Donald Trump.

WE GET IT!

Now can we all get over it and get back to the responsibilities of maintaining the constitutional republic that was placed in our hands? There is a lot of good work that needs to be accomplished in this session of Congress. Can we please get on with it now?

One more thing: If there is any truth to the narrative that Donald Trump's people broke any laws regarding Russia then let those with the evidence put up or shut up. If you have the goods you don't need an investigation, special hearings or a special counsel. Hold a news conference. We will even help you pay for it. If you've got the goods then show up - now. Have some guts and do your duty for your country and The First Amendment.  We are all waiting and listening.

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 11:15 PM

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