Democrats like Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth are going to bat for the ObamaCare tax bill. Yarmuth wants it both ways. Democrats approved of Chief Justice John Roberts' classification of the mandate as a tax. That's the only reason the bill was deemed legal.
Yet Yarmuth and his colleagues are trying to claim the tax bill is not a tax bill.
On Fox News Monday, Yarmuth’s wandering defense of the healthcare bill that contains at least 20 new taxes demonstrates the complete lack of logic in the Supreme Court decision and in the legality of his party’s healthcare bill.
Those new taxes are the direct taxes; we’ll also pay for increased costs to companies because as we all know, when businesses pay taxes, we consumers pick up the tab.
Dems already helped vote down one new tax known loosely as the 1099 provision. Dems didn't talk about that tax provision either until they realized it would be a negative in the Midterm Elections.
President Barack Obama’s signature bill was such an assault on liberty and common sense that he had to grant waivers to more than 1,000 labor unions and businesses.
For Yarmuth, the “semantics” of the SCOTUS decision aren’t important. Eric Bolling, guest hosting on Fox & Friends, reminded Yarmuth the “semantics” are what got the bill passed.
The reality is that Grandma will pay more for her wheelchair, you will likely pay more for your health insurance premiums and most of us will experience longer wait times at the doctor’s office. If you refuse to purchase insurance or if your policy doesn’t comply with as yet unknown regulations, you will pay a “tax” formerly called a “penalty.”
Meanwhile, those who are in the country illegally and those who don’t have stable lifestyles (gang members, for instance), won’t feel a thing. Illegal aliens will still end up in the emergency room where their tab will be picked up by taxes drawn from the local community. Gang members will continue to run up trauma care bills on the weekend in cities like Chicago where respect killings are popular and local taxpayers will pick up the bill.
Can you imagine an IRS health cop going into crime ridden neighborhoods to demand proof of health insurance?
So far, Dems deny reality on the fact that ObamaCare was deemed legal—remember, the mandate is the linchpin—only if construed as a tax bill.
Americans like being able to keep kids on their policies longer and non-denial for existing illness.
Fact is, it didn’t take thousands of pages and a government takeover of healthcare to achieve that goal.
I’m still waiting for one reporter anywhere in the world to ask Democrats to talk about who makes up the uninsured.
Here’s one nugget from a study I wrote about—the study was conducted by researchers at Baruch College (New York):
The involuntarily uninsured are more likely to be Hispanic and to be foreign born non-citizens and their educational level is considerably lower. One third of the involuntarily uninsured are high school dropouts compared to 20 percent of the voluntarily uninsured. The involuntarily uninsured are almost twice as likely as the voluntarily uninsured to have never worked during the year. About 15 percent of the voluntarily uninsured are self-employed.
Fact is the government could’ve reformed healthcare with a few regulatory measures and by opening the market. Aside from that, to avoid the greatest area of cost shifting, Congress could require a health insurance certificate from companies who use foreign labor.
Furthermore, instead of fretting about the so-called obesity epidemic the weight loss and pharmaceutical industry are only too happy to promote, our First Lady might just once talk about the violence in inner city low income neighborhoods.
The whole process of healthcare reform could have been quite simple, and lawmakers like Yarmuth wouldn’t be wandering around in a fantasy land of legalese, trying to explain a court decision that is exactly on par with the iconic Emperor’s New Clothes.
Who will bear the brunt of the mandate tax? Fox News said:
Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer with the Wall Street Journal, told FOX and Friends this morning that nearly 75% of Obamacare costs will fall on the backs of those Americans making less than $120,000 a year.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 2, 2012)
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