by Mark A. Cohen
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One of my friends recently (and honestly) asked what was so bad about Obamacare. After all, everyone can be insured and no pre-existing conditions will be denied. Sounds great, right? I told him what I thought, but he didn’t like my answer, and said that all of my points could be refuted. I agreed, but so could his supportive arguments. My friend also said that hey, it’s better than nothing (the system we have). I admitted that I didn’t like the current system either, but not all somethings are better than all nothings. The Democrats certainly didn’t like President Bush’s something (Social Security Savings Account - for only the very young), over nothing. Here are the first dozen things I don’t like about the Obamacare tax:
1. Despite the claims of Democrats, Republicans were NOT consulted on crafting the Obamacare bill. I actually remember what happened. The law was written by only Democrats, so it’s one-sided. No Republican ideas were included, and that’s bad. (Romneycare was NOT a nationalized health plan and does NOT qualify as a Republican idea.) Democrats would never let us forget: Let’s say a Republican president took a controversial conservative idea from a single moderate Democrat governor. This president (Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Mia Love, Nikki Haley, or Bobby Jindal?) said you had to pass it to see what was in it, and implemented it nationally - after passing it with no votes from any Democrats. Would their party say our Republican president passed a Democratic idea? No.
Let’s craft a bill without the Republicans, and pass it all by our lonesome... okay!
2. The tax was passed by a bare 60 vote majority, after Sen. Arlen Specter switched parties from (R) to (D)… It was passed after many back-room deals, and several Senators were promised special deals to benefit their states. For those who say Obamacare is the ‘law of the land,’ please recall the “cornhusker kickback.” In exchange for his “yes” vote, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) was promised that the federal government would fund Nebraska’s expanded Medicaid system, the only state to get permanent federal assistance – yes, forever, predicted to be about $45 million per decade. Every other state (all 49) would pay for this going forward. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), was promised an additional $300 million for her state’s Medicaid program if she voted for the bill. Nice, huh? Fair? The “law of the land?” Maybe, but unfairly passed – barely under the wire - for sure.
You can’t cover more people w/o increasing prices.
3. I don’t like the federal (or any) government telling me I have to purchase anything, including health insurance. They never forced us before, and what’s to stop them from telling me which car to purchase, or which company’s oil to buy? This is a freedom, and a slippery slope issue. It borders on tyranny when the authorities put a gun to our head (back atcha) and force us to spend our money. Hey, Dems, where’s that “screw them!” attitude, and just when we need it?< p>
4. Obamacare imposes a penalty on those who don’t buy insurance, and the penalty will stiffen as the years go on. That’s unfair, and back-breaking for the poor. I thought that only Democrats support the rights of the poor. Guess not.
5. If Obamacare were such a great law, why did President Obama delay the penalty for corporations, but not for individuals (we, the people)?
6. If Obamacare were such a great law, why are lawmakers and most public employees exempt, and why did thousands of the president’s buddies (CEO’s, and corporate donors) get exemptions? The left rails against such behavior when a Republican is the target, but supports such cronyism when it benefits the left’s agenda. Many on the left don’t seem to care if the little people can’t get exemptions if they want to opt out.
Star Trek II, Khan: You can't get away!
7. Obamacare doesn’t fix one of its main goals, to insure everyone. Millions (perhaps as many as now) will still be uninsured, even years after it takes effect.
8. Obamacare doesn’t fix one of its main goals, to lower the cost of health care. Some will enjoy its benefits, yes, but a majority will still pay for the others. You can’t get something for nothing. How can more be insured for less cost? That can’t happen. That’s not possible!
9. President Obama said, over and over again, “If you like your insurance, you can keep it.” While that statement stands for some, many (who received insurance through their employers) have already lost their insurance, and must now buy it on the exchanges. Millions will lose out.
I am one of those millions who lost coverage.
10. Middle America will probably bear the burden of the cost of Obamacare. I’ll agree with liberals here: The rich (and businesses) never pay more, even when intimidated, forced, or threatened. As we suspect, they will pass the costs on to us. (The difference here is that I accept this as the way things are, but people on the other side don’t, they resist the nature of businesses every day.)
11. The IRS will enforce this tax. The HHS Secretary will have the final say (Hey, Democrats – that could be a Republican, several years from now!). Many more employees will be added to the IRS to collect the additional revenue. Yes, I like police, firemen, and teachers, but I don’t like when government grows (in this way) because it’s highly inefficient. Check out the Post Office, and the IRS (remember the IRS scandal?) for two examples. Bureaucracies, like many large corporations (right, Democrats?), don’t generally function well.
12. The increased number of patients will force IRS officials to decide who deserves treatment over others. Do you really want some guy in the IRS deciding over your son or daughter’s care? Just ask Sarah Murnaghan, the 11-year-old, who required a lung transplant to live. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius denied poor Sarah’s request several times, but under public pressure, finally caved in. Sad story, but this tax will hurt young people, too.
To be continued next week…
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