How the Obama/Baucus health care takeover will ruin America’s health care.
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Besides the Medicare cuts, the rest of the bill is “paid for” by $500 billion in tax increases. These include tax increases on health insurance and on health care services and treatment. They include higher payroll and income taxes on workers and employers.
And the tax increases also include the individual mandate. If you do not purchase the expensive health insurance plan specified by the government, you will be forced to pay a special tax penalty enforced by the IRS of as much as $900 per individual and $1900 per family each year. You can then be subject to an additional penalty of as much as $25,000 per year.
But this is not the whole individual mandate tax. The entire cost of the expensive health insurance plan the government is forcing you to buy should rightly be considered a tax as well. A new study from the Heritage Foundation finds that these health insurance costs would be as high as 16% to 19% of income for families earning over 200% of the poverty line. That is like a whole new payroll tax.
These tax increases would be paid primarily by families earning less than $250,000 a year. Last year while campaigning for our votes, Barack Obama and the Democrats pledged over and over that there would be no tax increase “in any form” for anyone making less than $250,000 a year. Less than a year later they are already brazenly violating that pledge that got them into office.
Breakdown of American Democracy
This emerging health policy atrocity represents a fundamental breakdown of American democracy. The only broadcast news outlet reporting this story is Fox News. All the rest, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, carefully report the Democratic Party line and political propaganda as dutifully as the old Soviet controlled press. On Monday, the White House attacked Fox News as a Republican Party mouthpiece precisely because it is the only broadcast outlet not controlled by Obama and the Democrats. If you watch Fox, you will see it includes more overt Democrat party strategists than any other network.
Even without a public option, and even with no increase in the deficit, the above explains why the Baucus bill is still a health policy atrocity that will ruin America’s health care, trashing the best, most advanced, and innovative health care in the world that the American people currently enjoy. Note that the bill provides for a 25% cut in government payments to doctors and hospitals in 2011 to get that supposed deficit neutrality. And an internal Senate Finance Committee analysis reveals the valid expectation that employers will cut back on health benefits to avoid the tax on high cost plans. So much for the claim that if you like your health plan you can keep it. So much for the $200 billion in revenues that tax is supposed to raise to avoid any deficit. The other taxes won’t raise the revenue projected either.
Any Republican who votes for this assault on America’s standard of living needs to follow Sen. Specter all the way into the Democrat Party. Don’t foolishly underestimate the grassroots anger on the right over this.
Finally, consider the spectacle of today’s Democrat Party. They will not listen to the people, on this issue, or on global warming, taxes, welfare, economic policy, or seemingly anything else. They already know everything. If you don’t agree with them, they respond by calling you an ignorant yahoo, a hooligan, and a Nazi. Watch the smirk on the face of supposedly “moderate” Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania anytime he has to address disagreement from the stupid, unwashed masses. This is reminiscent of Marie Antoinette.
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