Category Archives: Health

Plan-B — Republican’s Insurance Plan

So is it a good thing?  Personally I’m not sure — I don’t trust Ryan to start.  And, the republicans have become democrat light over the last few decades.  So where does that put us?  I think you know.

But here’s an article that gave me a different slant on the insurance game.  From it, I get that we’ll get ‘the hose’ no matter which direction we go..?


Mauldin Economics

March 7, 2017

Why Interstate Health Insurance Won’t Fix Obamacare

By Patrick Watson

Congress has a new healthcare plan to replace Obamacare. It may go nowhere since many Republicans aren’t happy with it… and the problems it tries to solve will remain.

Worse, anything that gets past the House and Senate may not matter if insurers refuse to play in 2018. The big ones haven’t committed yet.

If the new plan doesn’t fly and Obamacare collapses, as seems likely, what’s Plan C?

President Trump listed several ideas in his speech to Congress last week. Among them was this:

The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines—which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care.

That sounds practical and conservative. Just reduce regulations, and the free market will provide.

Often, that’s true. This time, it’s not.

To find out what the problem is, look no further than a deal Citibank made with South Dakota 37 years ago.

Credit Card Loophole

When you read the fine print on one of your credit cards, you’ll likely see the issuer is a bank in South Dakota. It might be Delaware or Nevada, but probably South Dakota.

Why are the big banks issuing credit cards through South Dakota subsidiaries?

Back in 1980, with both inflation and interest rates at double-digit levels, banks were getting squeezed on credit card loans. State usury laws capped the interest rates they could charge borrowers, but not the banks’ own cost of funds.

Legendary Citibank Chairman Walter Wriston found a loophole. A 1978 Supreme Court ruling said banks could set consumer loan interest rates based on the state in which the bank was located, instead of the borrower’s state.

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Wriston had been asking New York legislators to raise the usury limit so New York-based Citi could charge higher rates nationwide.

When they refused, he looked for friendlier politicians… and found them in South Dakota.

Wriston called then-Governor Bill Janklow with a generous offer. Here’s how a Frontline documentary described it.

In an effort to stimulate the local economy, South Dakota was in the midst of eliminating its usury laws. Mr. Wriston told Mr. Janklow that if South Dakota would quickly pass a bill inviting Citibank into the state, he would bring 400 jobs. To preempt concerns from local banks about new competition, Citibank also promised to open only “a limited” bank. “We’ll put the facility in an inconvenient place for customers and we’ll pay different interest rates,” Mr. Wriston recalled telling Mr. Janklow. “All we want to do is use it to issue cards.”

For Mr. Janklow, it was an easy decision.

“To me, this wasn’t a credit card deal, it was a jobs deal,” he said. “It was an economic opportunity for the state. I was slowly bleeding to death.”

With bipartisan support and backing from South Dakota’s banking association, Janklow proposed a special “emergency” bill. “Citibank actually drafted the legislation,” he said. “Literally we introduced it, and it passed our legislature in one day.”

The arrangement ultimately brought 3,000 high-paying jobs to South Dakota and a host of new suitors from banks across the country.

That’s why your credit cards come from South Dakota. Citibank literally picked its own regulator and wrote its own law. Delaware and Nevada later made similar moves, but South Dakota was first.

The result wasn’t all bad. Today, credit cards are widely available in every state. Your interest rate may be higher and your spending limit lower if you have poor credit, but you can probably get a card.

If you think enabling more Americans to take on more debt is a good idea, we have the perfect system to do it. But what we don’t have is competition between states.

In theory, banks in any state can issue credit cards. But good luck getting one that isn’t from South Dakota, Delaware, or Nevada. Those are the choices the banks give us.

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Separate Risk Pools

A state-based national market for credit cards isn’t exactly the same as one for health insurance, but it’s similar in some ways.

Instead of usury limits, insurance companies face state laws mandating certain benefits that raise costs and reduce profits. They’re one reason health insurance premiums are higher in some states.

So if we let insurers sell health coverage across state lines, people can bypass all that and buy in a state whose insurers best suit their needs. Sounds great, right?

The problem is that health insurers will likely do what the banks do with credit cards: congregate in whichever state lets them do what they want—which is to insure only healthy people.

The result, within a couple of years, will be separated risk pools. Young, healthy consumers will buy stripped-down, low-priced policies from states that allow them, while older, sicker people all cluster in the few states willing to cover them at a reasonable cost—if any will.

Sound familiar? Something like that is why Obamacare isn’t working.

This is where the credit card analogy breaks down. No one has to have a credit card. You won’t die without one. But everyone will get sick or have an accident sooner or later.

There’s another problem: Providing health insurance isn’t as simple as just mailing someone a card and billing them every month. The insurer has to deliver care locally, wherever the customer lives. Building hospital and doctor networks is expensive.

Five states—Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Rhode Island, and Wyoming—already did what President Trump suggests. They’ve opened their borders to insurers from other states.

Has it worked? Have insurers from other states rushed into these wide-open markets?

No, they haven’t. So erasing the state lines may not be as helpful as proponents think.

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Insurance ≠ Care

Politicians choose their words carefully when they talk about this. They’ll often say everyone should have “access to health insurance.”

Sounds nice, but it misses a few things.

Access to health insurance is not the same as access to health care. People are learning that the hard way right now.

In many parts of the country, Obamacare plans come with deductibles of $5,000 or more. So you’re covered only after you’ve spent $5,000 that you probably don’t have.

Median household income in the US is only around $56,000. Median means half of all household incomes are below that amount, and few people have an extra $5,000 sitting around. They’re insured, yes, but they can’t afford to use their insurance even if tax credits cover the premiums.

So Obamacare isn’t the solution, because it’s not working either.

But interstate insurance is no cure. At best, it will leave us with the same problems Obamacare hasn’t solved. It might even make them worse.

I wrote last year how our healthcare system suppresses job creation and undermines economic growth. We need a better solution.

We know what doesn’t work. We need to find out what does.

See you at the top,

Patrick Watson

Abortion vs. Surgical Miracle

‘Children’ not yet born are apparently worthless based on progressive rhetoric.  Killing a ‘fetus’ is of no consequence.  Life is meaningless..?  Kind of like in third world countries — typically communist states.

Well here in America we all haven’t drunk the ‘progressive coolaid’.  The following article describes medical activity today which is simply amazing.  And, it reaffirms the value of life here in America…   so far.

Surgery Before Birth

Isn’t it great to read for a change something positive happening in this world!!?

Our Children and Digital Addiction

Much like the article I just posted on ‘Avery’ (National Geographic & Gender), this article is yet another example of how the progressive movement is trying to destroy our culture in America.  If you don’t think our kids are under assault, read the following article and think again.  All of this in the interest of making our kids ‘better’..?

Kids turn violent as parents battle ‘digital heroin’ addiction


This is information that should be shared with everyone you know who has kids!  A friend of mine is who turned me onto this subject.  His son who was a 3.8 GPA student all through an advance high school is now a 2.0 student and physically attacking his parents (who are great people!).  Yet another life destroyed, at least for now.  Hopefully he’ll turn around..?

National Geographic & Gender

This world is getting sicker every year.  And personally, I believe it is by plan.  America must be made weaker in order for it to no longer be the leader of the world.  If it were not for America’s strong Christian morals and values, this world (in my opinion) would be in even worse chaos than it is today.

Children today are being programmed to think the way the ‘feel gooders’ want them to, not ‘how to’ think.  And National Geographic is doing their best to help twist the thinking of America along with the progressive movement.  (I can’t wait to hear the comments on this article.!?)

National Geographic on Gender

And in ‘her’ own words, hear Avery’s story.

Avery Jackson

I have to ask, who’s more messed up?  A child four years old or parents who are more interested in their ‘acceptance level’ than they are about their own child’s welfare??!  Pretty sick stuff…





Lessons From Venezuela

I have been giving lectures on the state of the U.S. and the creeping ‘progressivism’ which is turning our country into a third world nobody.  Yes, we are somebody today, but at the rate we are ‘collapsing‘, we aren’t going to last much longer with our current management plan!!?

It was not too long ago that Hugo Chavez was viewed as the 21st century hero of the left.  (e.g., Hollywood)  But before he died, he managed to destroy what was left of his country.  Today Venezuela is a total mess!  Mass chaos is the norm throughout the country.

If you put the two commentaries together, you get a good idea of the direction of our country!  Think that’s nuts?  Think again.  There is a lot of evidence that the U.S. is going by way of Rome and Germany.  “What people do not value, they do not keep.”

Lessons From Venezuela


And before you poo-poo the source website or its content, remember that you read this here — don’t act surprised just a few years from now.  Like it our not, our country is becoming a socialist state FAST.  And with our rights being eroded greatly, we’ll sink even deeper — into a communist state!

When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” ― Benjamin Franklin




How To Quiet Your Opponent & Control People

During WWII Hitler viewed people with handicaps as ‘sub-human’ and did his best to eliminate them.  Additionally, all through history we’ve heard of stories about how ‘mental disorders’ were used to get rid of people and/or control them.  Well, here we are …  again.

Now it is being suggested that all adults be examined for mental health reasons and if found to be diagnosed with a ‘problem‘, they should be handled differently than the general public.  Like maybe incarceration?

If government were to be behind this effort, who do you think would define ‘unstable’?  A panel of bureaucrats of course.  If you’re a ‘radical’ like Tea Party people or maybe devout Christian, you could obviously be a potential threat to society.   And if you were labeled unstable, how could that affect you?  Hmmm..?  Let’s start by taking away your ability to protect yourself from others.  i.e., the government bureaucrats!  Maybe start by violating your 2nd amendment right.?

Read the following article.  You can do a search on ‘Mandatory Mental Health Screening’ and you’ll find more than one hit.  This could be one of the final nails in our coffin.??  Tyranny only happens to a weak society — without grounded values and principles.  I think we’re getting there …   fast!

Mandatory Mental Health Screening




Venom Kills Cancer Cells

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how we may be in the ‘end times’.  One of the predictions of the bible is that in the end times knowledge will be growing at a very rapid rate.  Seen that lately?

As crazy as it may sound, the cure for cancer may be right around the corner — in the ‘big clock’ time.  A discovery was made last year showing that a hornet in Brazil has the ability of killing cancer cells!  Sounds nuts?  Read the scientific report below.

Brazilian Hornet — Savior of Mankind