Show – May 14, 2014

Segment 1

Obamacare. “The Slush Fund: How Obamacare pays off insurers.”  Jeffrey H. Anderson, Executive Director, Project 2017


Jeffrey H. Anderson is the ED of Project 2017. Mr. Anderson has a PHD from  Claremont Graduate University. From 2008 – 2009 he was the senior speechwriter at the US Department of Health and Human Services. His writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard,  National Review, Claremont Review of Books… From 2001-2007 he taught American Government and Political Philosophy at the US Air Force Academy.   Mr. Anderson speaks to RARadio about the article he co-authored with Jay Cost and published in The Weekly Standard, titled  “The Slush Fund: How Obamacare pays off insurers.”  Mr. Anderson comments on the   “marriage of convenience” between the Obama Administration and the insurance companies- and how, “for the first time in history, the Federal government, ordered citizens to buy a product from a private company as a condition of living in the US…” Mr. Anderson speaks of the 3 R’s concocted “to mitigate potential losses for the insurance companies…: “risk adjustment   (to re-distribute money among insurers in the exchange programs); re-insurance ( tax ); risk corridors ( to protect insurers, the losses and gains limited.)  Mr. Anderson speaks of the “lawless” revisions to Obamacare (circumventing Congress) and the manipulations that benefit the insurance companies…

Segment 2

Alternative to Obamacare. Project 2017.  Jeffrey H. Anderson

Mr. Anderson speaks of Project 2017, described in the organization’s website  as “not a think-tank or an electioneering organization,” but a place where politics and policies combine… having  Bill Kristol as its Chairman.  Mr. Anderson believes in the need to “repeal Obamacare… the entire monstruosity…” Speaking of a “regime,  where cronyism” pervades, Mr. Anderson notes that although Mr. Obama ran as a “man of the people,” his Administration’s policies have mostly benefitted Wall Street and the larger companies… Mr. Anderson points to the importance of establishing a conservative “governing” agenda with 2017 in sight …and an “alternative to Obamacare…” and suggests ways to remedy the current “ inequalities” and “burdens”  imposed on the taxpayer…

Segment 3

Eurasia. Global Economy and Trade. Ralph Winnie Jr., Director of the China Program and VP of Global Business Development, Eurasia Center

Mr. Winnie speaks to RA Radio about the recent (May 13th) symposium, organized by the Eurasia Center   at the Reagan Center in Washington, DC., on doing business with the BRICS (BRICS is the acronym  for the group of  countries of  Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.) Mr. Winnie comments on the highlights of the event and the different panel discussions regarding multilateral reforms, new initiatives and global energy problems… Noting the recent headlines that point to a “slowdown” in the Chinese economy, Mr. Winnie comments on the Chinese investing in “tourism and leisure” for domestic consumption citing that many Chinese ( 300 million?) have accumulated large savings…  Mr. Winnie also speaks of the many young Russian entrepreneurs who “seek help from the expat community …to help grow and expand their businesses”…and who are concerned with the ‘oligarchs…’ The Eurasia Center organizes Trade Missions providing guidelines, helping young entrepreneurs in business ventures…Mr. Winnie notes the importance of “Skolkovo” the “Silicon Valley” of Russia and the challenges faced by  young entrepreneurs…(corruption). Mr. Winnie comments on his personal involvement in doing business with China and his representation of the Guantxi Government in the US. As per the website: “The 2nd Annual Doing Business with the BRICS Conference in Washington, DC was a great success! The five BRICS countries represent almost 3 billion people, with a combined nominal GDP of US$16 trillion and an estimated US$4 trillion in combined foreign reserves. Given that the BRICS nations encompass 30 percent of the world’s territory and 42 percent of the world’s population. These new developments demand new business relations between the BRICS and the United States, as there are a lot of new business opportunities to explore with these nations. With the downturn in the emerging markets at the beginning of 2014, even more attractive opportunities for acquisitions and investment may be opening up in the BRICS…”

Segment 4

Global  Diplomacy, Business and Trade. Ralph Winnie Jr., lawyer, Director Eurasia Center

Mr. Winnie comments on his immediate and future plans regarding his travels and involvement with international organizations, such as  his induction as Member of the National Committee on United States – China Relations, and he speaks of  its upcoming meeting on May 21st, … “35 Years of U.S.-China Diplomatic Relations: Perspectives from former U.S. Ambassadors to China…”