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Jul 31, 2017

Anyone who doesn’t see the need for a new party by now is either not paying attention to the most basic facts on the ground or is not in this field for the right reasons.  Now it’s time to explore a path to starting a new party, a party that will not only serve as a home for the conservative base but one that can even convert the growing numbers of disenchanted Democrat voters.  In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we begin plotting such a course. 

 

Also, what happens when conservatives actually focus on what’s important and demand action from Trump on our priorities? He actually listens. After we called for him to cut off the bailout for the insurance cartel and for Congress, Trump has immediately turned his focus to that endeavor.  Now conservatives must follow through and make sure Trump and those around him actually enact our plan.

 

Finally, we lament the missed opportunity to argue true holistic health care reform from a position of strength.  Ultimately, we need a new party because we can never place in the hearts and minds of people who fundamentally don’t share our values the ability to articulate our views.   

 

Show notes:

The judicial war on God and prayer and how Republicans don’t care

Mr. President, Twitter is not a policy outcome

GOP: party of transgenderism and Medicaid

A critique of the conservative media

Jul 28, 2017

Where is the Uber and Amazon of medical care?

Well, on this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we are joined by Dr. Kevin Smith, co-founder of the Oklahoma Surgery Center, the closest thing to Uber within the medical profession.  In a very engaging and wide ranging discussion, the type of health care discussion we are missing in Washington, Dr. Smith shares his secret to reducing costs and improving quality of care.  By cutting out the administrative costs, the burdens, and regulations of the price-fixing insurance cartel and government programs, he has been able to reduce the cost of surgeries to as little as 10-50% of the entire cost of services elsewhere. 

The free market, cutting out the middle man, and circumventing government intervention have a funny way of bringing down costs and spurring innovation.  Dr. Smith offers top-notch medical care at below the charge of the universally repudiated Medicaid reimbursement rate.  Debunking the lies of the insurance/hospital cartel about the impossibility of presenting readable medical prices to the consumer, Dr. Smith has revolutionized price transparency in the medical profession.  And his prices are the same as they were 9 years ago…yet his business is thriving and patients are loving it.  He’s also leading a movement to help others in the profession replicate his model and foster competition.  Who loses?  The cartel and big government folks. 

Dr. Smith also breaks down the hospital-cartel scam and how they use preferential treatment from government to rip off the consumer, stifle competition and innovation, and run-up the cost of taxpayer-funded programs. 

If every health care provider operated like the Oklahoma Surgery Center and all health insurance operated like health sharing ministries, we would solve the health care problem in America overnight, end the debt crisis, and rediscover a new generation of innovation and life-saving care.    

 

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Free Market Medical Association

Time Magazine profile on Oklahoma Surgical Center

It’s time for single payer….the consumer to the provider

Jul 24, 2017

In today’s special episode of the Conservative Conscience, we discuss the one element missing from this endless health care debate…health care.

 

A special guest, Dr. Kevin Wacasey, a successful health care provider who has written two books on the economics of health care, joins us to cut through the clutter of the Obamacare debate and identify the root cause of health care inflation on the supply side.  He demonstrates how it’s not the cost of health care that is outrageous, but the charges for health care.   The source of that problem?  The government and the insurance cartel, which is propped up by government.  Were we to get third-party payer out of our system, prices would come down dramatically.  The root of the government/cartel success in distorting our market and conflating health care with medical insurance is their publicly-funded myth that health care is inherently expensive without their product.  In fact, it is expensive only because of their product, which is sponsored by government regulations, subsidies, and mandates. 

Dr. Wacasey believes that Americans are being hurt by the role that the health insurance industry plays in maintaining our restrictive, reactive, and overpriced health care system. He wants to change health care by changing the way you think about health care, because you – as patients – have the greatest impact on what needs to be done.  He offers our listeners advice on how to shop around for health care, even in this very limited market system.

 

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Trump continues illegal bailout for insurers and Congress

Dr. Wacasey’s two must-read books: : 'The Guide to Buying Health Insurance, and Health Care;' and 'Healthcareonomics 101: 500 Ways You’re Being Ripped Off By The Health Insurance, and Health Care Industries

Follow Dr. Wacasey at healthcareonomics.com, twitter at @HConomics, or at his Facebook page Healthcareonomics.

Jul 20, 2017

When will our politicians finally discuss health care in the debate over…health care?  How much longer will our future health care be held hostage to the crony insurance cartel and government?

In this special episode of the Conservative Conscience, we let it all out on the line and present a way to repeal Obamacare without actually repealing the law but by rendering it moot.  Through price transparency reform and cost sharing associations, we not only solve the Obamacare problem, but the entire health care problem that predated the ACA.  These reforms are so much easier to message and will actually make the entire industry function like a real market.  Most importantly, it will cut out the need for third parties and government and their ability to destroy and distort the health care market.  Let’s move beyond the semantics of repealing Obamacare, which is not happening anyway and actually pursue these foundational reforms that will restore the consumer as king and make Obamacare non-existent.   

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The power of insurance cartel is evident with Trump embracing the bailout

Testimonials from members of the AAPS on how direct care and cutting out insurance cartel lowers costs and improves care

The plan to save health care in America

Jul 17, 2017

In what seems like a quiet beginning of the work week, there is actually a lot going on.  Republicans in Congress and this administration are betraying conservatives on an array of issues, yet the conservative media is bankrupt and refuses to even focus on what’s important.  By not informing conservative voters about these betrayals, the conservative media shields Republicans from the requisite pressure needed to affect the policy outcomes they all claim to support.  

We start off the show giving a vision of how to get around the Obamacare impasse by cutting out the insurance/government complex and going straight to health CARE itself.  Time to cut out the middle man and reduce the cost of health care on the supply side by putting the consumer back in the driver’s seat.  Let the government and the big insurance lobbyists eat crow. 

Next, we discuss a series of policy betrayals from Republicans in Congress – from promoting transgenderism and global warming in the military to allowing illegal aliens to seek government jobs. 

Finally, we focus on some of the latest policy betrayals in this administration: from certifying the Iran deal to bringing in more low skilled workers. 

When will the conservative media wake up and actually do their job?  The Republican Party will never change unless Republican voters demand it.  But they will never demand such change if they are not made aware of what is going on in Washington.   

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McMaster Outlines Hillary Clinton–Like Approach to Certification of Iran Nuclear Deal

Trump admin brings in 15,000 more low skilled workers

Naked men in female showers in the military

The courts are destroying our sovereignty and immigration policies  

Illegal aliens allowed to seek government employment
Congress wants a transgender military that fights the weather but…

Not a military that identifies Islamic threat

Jul 13, 2017

In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we dissect why it’s not only immoral for conservatives to continue focusing on defending every dumb thing Republicans do (simply because the Democrats are “worse”), but also strategically dumb.  If we want to get Russia out of the news, the Trump administration and the conservative movement must focus on numerous policy issues that will place the media on defense and change the narrative to where we want the plays to go rather than going to where they are leading us.   

We explore some of the details on the Russia scandal and demonstrate why it’s better to focus on what we actually can defend and advocate for on key policy issues than very murky and troubling relationships.  Plus, focusing on solid conservative accomplishments is the best way to get Russia out of the headlines anyway.  We end with some quick updates on health care and immigration. 

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Andy McCarthy article on the difference between illegal and wrong

McConnell fighting conservatives in Alabama Senate race

Is Trump’s amnesty leading to a resurgence in border crossings?

Trump’s Secretary of State makes a mockery of his Warsaw speech  

Tillerson loves the Iran deal

Jul 10, 2017

President Trump gave a terrific speech in Warsaw, Poland on the shared values of Western Civilization and its clash with the Islamic world.  The problem is, much like with domestic policy, the specific policy outcomes and the personnel of this administration don’t match up with the rhetoric of the president himself.

In this episode of the Conservative Conscience, we develop a theme of how Trump’s conservative rhetoric is often voided out by policy outcomes from liberal advisors and cabinet members. Particularly as it relates to national security and understanding the clash of civilizations, Trump’s National Security Council, headed by H.R. McMaster, is rowing the boat in the exact opposite direction.  We discuss some of the specific policy dichotomies between the NSC staff and the president and how conservatives must not get distracted by rhetoric.  They must demand action, as Trump himself said during his Inaugural Address.

No issue embodies the departure of Trump from his Inaugural Address than his embrace of the ethanol lobby. We explain how Trump embracing the ethanol mandate is a colossal missed opportunity to harness his populist agenda in a way that helps consumers and improves free markets.  We also explain how Trump’s rhetoric and campaign promises on Obamacare deviated from his actions.  The moral of the story is, once Trump delivers a good speech, work for conservatives has only begun.    

Key Quotes:

“We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.  The time for empty talk is over.  Now arrives the hour of action.” ~ President Trump, Inaugural Address

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Trump voids out populist message with love for ethanol parasites

Bannon back in the good graces of Trump, but for which issues?

Trump campaigned on full repeal of Obamacare

Jul 5, 2017

What is it we are celebrating this week?  How far have we deviated from our founding values expressed in the Declaration of Independence?

In this special episode of the Conservative Conscience, we break down six key principles referenced in the Declaration of Independence.  Anyone who fully understands the 201 words of the preamble should have no problems discerning the right course of action on almost every policy issue.  While the world around us has changed dramatically over the past 241 years, these foundational principles are self-evident truths that will never change.

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John Adams essay on equality   

Calvin Coolidge’s epic July 4 speech in 1926

My July 4 manifesto on sovereignty

The real right to health care our founders believed in  

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