All this talk about "extreme vetting" is hypocritical relative to the real world. The U.S. already has a comprehensive vetting process that normally takes 18-24 months before an applicant is cleared for entry. Adding "extreme" does nothing but sound tough. It further unjustly denigrates the competence of the government agencies and personnel involved in the process.
It always takes me awhile to digest what Jerry Grudem writes about. First, the Affordable Care Act origin was based on a 1993 Heritage Think Tank alternative proposed by Republicans in opposition to Hillary Clinton's attempt at health care reform based on the already successful Medicare model. Attempts to reconcile the two approaches were scuttled by then-Republican Minority Leader Bob Dole, so it died. Read all about it by Googling "Affordable Care Act" origins or history.
One thing is certain following this election cycle. Conventional strategies and candidates need to get in tune with this rapidly changing world. Trump on the Republican side and Sanders on the Democrat side created excitement that brought millions of people to the polls with a simple message — the system isn't working for us. We want change. Don't care right now what the change will look like.
At last! We're nearing the end of a torturous campaign that has done little to support the way we elect our leaders. Elections are more and more a media circus, crowding out important news of the day to make room for candidates' propaganda, the more bizarre the better. I don't think I've turned on TV in the past year and a half, and not heard the name Donald Trump within five minutes.
For years, Corporate America has enjoyed increasing support from Congress through the tax code and other incentives/protection and from the Supreme Court through such onerous rulings as the "Corporations are People" decision. Catering to the money class which includes Corporate America and Wall Street has left a third of the population, who lack the resources to participate in the money game, sitting on the sidelines paying all they owe in taxes because they can't afford tax lawyers and lobbyists to sneak in provisions only the wealthy can take advantage of.