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    Changing the Healthcare Bill

    The United States must not become a society of socialized medicine. With the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are taking us there—and it is not the answer.

    Yet we cannot ignore the ever-rising costs of our health care and the outright denial of it to those that need it the most. We must gain control of the skyrocketing costs of insurance, medical equipment, and drugs. Otherwise all the breakthroughs and technology in the world will only serve the rich and affluent, while denying basic rights of all those who support our country and who most need our help.

    How do we lower these rising costs? By bringing health care back to choice and competition before it’s too late.  The Affordable Care Act is fatally flawed and denies states’ rights. The latest proposal is at least a step in the right direction because it would bring more control to the states, with the condition that previous conditions be covered by insurance.

    Another problem is that under the Affordable Care Act, four states with 20 percent of the population—New York, Massachusetts, California, and Maryland—get a disproportionate 40 percent of the federal aid. The current bill will apparently correct this over the next ten years—a reasonable phase in to parity.

    The most important objective that I must stress that needs to be supported is that we need to move the decisions on health care to the states and open it up to competition, and take it out of Washington.

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    Pollution and Global Warming: We Need Legislation

    Hurricane season is not over until November, but already the world has seen devastation from the likes of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria.

    According to a research study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it is likely that greenhouse warming will cause hurricanes in the coming century to be more intense globally and have higher rainfall rates than present-day hurricanes.”

    This is not about the debate over global warming or climate change, or whatever politicians like to call it.  This is about public safety.  And it is the obligation of government to take action to mitigate further environmental catastrophes that will undoubtedly befall our country.

    The purity of air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat must be protected at all times. The fight against pollution — whatever the cause— is one that should unite the entire world to a single cause: the protection of our environment.

    It will take years and billions of dollars until the lives of people affected by these hurricanes are normalized. While we can never eliminate hurricanes and other weather disasters, there is no reason we cannot take actions that could potentially save billions of dollars in the future. Wouldn’t we rather take preventative care than be forced to rebuild our homes?

    We cannot do this alone.  The world must be united in this challenge.  Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord is not the leadership America needs.  Yes, it has its problems, and perhaps puts unreasonable cost burdens on the United States.  But walking away with brinksmanship maneuvers like withdrawal is not a productive plan.  America should set an example for all to follow.



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    What Should We Do About North Korea?

    The Korean War never officially ended, and North Korea has loomed large as a potential problem. For over fifty years, the older generations have favored diplomatic solutions to their disputes over war and aggression. With a new and less experienced leader, North Korea has taken center stage and airtime, overshadowing other pressing issues like Iran, Syria, and Isis. By testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles and with an angry rhetoric that would reap death and destruction were it carried out, Kim Jong-un clearly needs a reality check.

    The “how” is not to be found in a war of words between leaders. As a global superpower, the United States has many more tools in its arsenal, and it’s time to be creative and use them. One of the most effective assets we have is our consumerism and the trade agreements we have with the few countries that do business with North Korea.

    The biggest player in the import/export business is China, and if the U.S. made a “trade” with China whereby China imposes sanctions on North Korea in exchange for concessions from us, North Korea would be in serious trouble. It relies on China for most of its imports. We could also cease our relationships with any of the other countries working with North Korea unless they stop supporting the rogue nation. With support from China we could also sanction the global banks and inhibit North Korea’s money supply, which they need to fund a nuclear program, among other things.

    It’s time to devise practical solutions that will force North Korea to change what it is doing. Without serious consequences, the country will not bend. Crippling their economy on all sides is the less damaging way to come to terms, and it is of utmost importance that we put our energies into this kind of effort, not war.