Tax or penalty?
I keep hearing arguments among so-called intellectuals about this issue.
Forgive me, but this is not complicated. The Supreme Court ruled that it’s a tax. Obamacare is only constitutional as a tax. Obamacare is being enforced by the IRS. And to make this absolutely clear: the burden of Obamacare is being paid for by taxes on the middle class, people making less than $250,000 a year. Yes, I know that Obama vowed that taxes would not pay for Obamacare, but guess what?
Yesterday was July Fourth, Independence Day. This country was founded on the principle that a free people is only free when the shackles of big government are thrown off.
Obama and Pelosi blame “Free Riders” as the problem that needs a massive government expansion and solution. This is exactly how the British referred to the American colonies.
Thus the Democrats have become a Praetorian guard who have just nationalized and colonized our health care system. And because Obamacare is not market driven it will destroy the health care system and ultimately drive the American economy into insolvency.
As Obamacare takes root like a cancer Obama’s army of lawyers and IRS agents are getting ready to enforce and punish American citizens.
Here’s what we know for sure about this monstrous law: Your premiums will rise and rise and rise. You will have little choice about which physician takes care of you. You will stand on long lines and fill out mountains of paperwork. You will wonder how America turned into Cuba.
FOX News reports:
With the Supreme Court giving President Obama’s new health care law a green light, federal and state officials are turning to implementation of the law — a lengthy and massive undertaking still in its early stages, but already costing money and expanding the government.
The Health and Human Services Department “was given a billion dollars implementation money,” Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said. “That money is gone already on additional bureaucrats and IT programs, computerization for the implementation.”
“Oh boy,” Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute said. “HHS has a huge amount of work to do and the states do, too. There will be new health insurance marketplaces in every state in the country, places you can go online, compare health plans.”
The IRS, Health and Human Services and many other agencies will now write thousands of pages of regulations — an effort well under way:
“There’s already 13,000 pages of regulations, and they’re not even done yet,” Rehberg said.
“It’s a delegation of extensive authority from Congress to the Department of Health and Human Services and a lot of boards and commissions and bureaus throughout the bureaucracy,” Matt Spalding of the Heritage Foundation said. “We counted about 180 or so.”
There has been much focus on the mandate that all Americans obtain health insurance, but analysts say that’s just a small part of the law — covering only a few pages out of the law’s 2700.
“The fact of the matter is the mandate is about two percent of the whole piece of the legislation,” Spalding said. “It’s a minor part.”
Much bigger than the mandate itself are the insurance exchanges that will administer $681 billion in subsidies over 10 years, which will require a lot of new federal workers at the IRS and health department.
“They are asking for several hundred new employees,” Dorn said. “You have rules you need to write and you need lawyers, so there are lots of things you need to do when you are standing up a new enterprise.”
For some, though, the bottom line is clear and troubling: The federal government is about to assume massive new powers.