by Mark A. Cohen
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If solely the Republicans in Congress had sought exemptions from The Affordable Care Act (The ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) for themselves and their staff members, one could say that they did it out of political motivation. Those rascally righties are out to do anything to undermine President Obama, they’d say. However, congressional Democrats also tried to extricate their memberships and staffs from the new health care law. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) implied that the bill is not “workable for everyone.” Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who crafted The ACA, called it a “train wreck” last week, and then announced his retirement. As Hamm the piggy bank says in the original Toy Story movie (as he raises one eyebrow), “Something’s screwy here.” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebilius said that there will be losers under Obamacare. I think she’s right, and I’m not just saying it to oppose the president, I am truly worried.
Okay, I’ll admit it. It sounds great to get everyone health insurance coverage. A problem occurred, though, when the Democrats crafted the law without Republicans. No, we’re not jealous; it’s just bad policy to create a law from only one side of the aisle. You have to admit that when that happens, they end up not considering all the angles, and that’s not good. The founding fathers created checks and balances to prevent such a travesty. Let’s face it, Democrats would never stand for Republicans going to the back room and jamming a law through as they did. And, it would be just as wrong!
Republicans warned us about Obamacare early on, and they claim the law is bad for business. Why? It exempts companies from providing insurance for their employees if the number of workers is less than 50. What’s a poor business to do? Keep the number under 50. In addition, the law makes it okay for businesses to not provide insurance for part time workers, so, what will they do? Hire part time workers. It pays in some cases to hire two part timers when one full-timer is needed.
The dichotomy is easy to see. Democrats don’t mind paying more of their incomes to the government, and Republicans believe that higher taxes hurt the economy. Liberals say health care is a right, while conservatives say more government regulations create undue burdens. (Hey, I’ll bet there’s a middle ground there, somewhere!) Republicans believe that Obamacare will hurt us, while Democrats say not to worry. As the left feared President Bush’s policies, Obamacare scares the heck out of me.
I’ll post Part II next week.
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