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This midterm election cycle has been a story of Democrats desperately trying to talk about health care and Republicans desperately trying to talk about anything else. If you are a Republican terrified of socialist government healthcare, here is something to ponder...

An October 25 proposal from Donald Trump, lost amid flashier news:

President Donald Trump’s administration proposed cutting what Medicare pays for many costly drugs for cancer and other conditions to match lower prices paid by European countries, whose governments more strictly control pharmaceutical costs.

Ah, a Euro model of government price fixing for health care. How interesting. Now let’s check in on the Republican platform...

Any honest agenda for improving healthcare must start with repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare. It weighs like the dead hand of the past upon American medicine. It imposed a Euro-style bureaucracy to manage its unworkable, budget-busting, conflicting provisions. It has driven up prices for all consumers. Their insurance premiums have dramatically increased while their deductibles have risen about eight times faster than wages in the last ten years. It drove up drug prices by levying a $27 billion tax on manufacturers and importers and, through mandated price cuts for drugs under Medicare and Medicaid, forced pharmaceutical companies to raise prices for everyone else.

It’s almost as if the Republicans are aware that nobody understands the intricacies of health care policy so they just use buzzwords to scare the public in order to benefit insurance companies and just ignore what Donald Trump is doing and keep on lying about things.

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SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT PRICE FIXING: boo!