Why are we not discussing the implications?
Considering our attention span as Americans is relative to that of a gnat, it is not all that surprising that once the initial hoopla surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize the Affordable Care Act ceased, the dust settled and we went on living our merry little lives none the wiser. Well, I’m bringing it up again, because for me this dust has never settled, my fury over a country’s unwitting ability to just accept what the government is feeding them has proven once again how atrocious we are at thinking for ourselves.
Let’s look at the facts with the very basic concept of economics in mind.
- The Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional, because the penalty for not enrolling would be charged as a tax.
- The Act itself proclaims that employers are required by law to provide healthcare to all employees who work over 30 hours per week.
- If you do not enroll with a health insurance company, or on the newly minted and fully operational Obamacare website, you yourself have to pay that penalty.
1+2+3 = idiocy
Let’s look at number 1 here. Under the guise of Democracy the government could never get away with forcing the American public to purchase something, let alone purchase a service provided by said government. There would be anarchy in the streets, looting, fires, the whole nine.
Or would there?
By disguising these penalties as a tax (and thus implementing one of the largest Federal taxes of all time with an estimated collection of $500 — $600 billion dollars) the government successfully tricked the feeble minds of Americans yet again. How did they do this? By telling us how it was our duty as free citizens to help one another, that it was unconstitutional to watch our fellow Americans suffer while the rest of us flourished.
Ok, so are we helping anyone? Now let’s take a look at number 2 and number 3.
As I mentioned earlier basic economics can explain the fault in the logic of the penalty, or tax if you will. If I am a small business owner with maybe 10 full-time employees who make an average of $30,000 annually, paid hourly, it’s safe to say that I’m just getting by. I may give the employees options regarding healthcare, direct them appropriately, but it’s just not in the budget to provide it for the company just yet.
Now Mr. Obama comes in and tells me that I have to provide this service to my employees who work 40 hours per week or I will be fined $3,000 per body that I employ.
See where I’m going here?
For you Art majors out there let me add that up for you, 10 employees X $3,000 fine per employee = a $30,000 annual fine (you are correct, it’s like paying for another employee without actually getting a body!). So if I’m this business owner what am I going to do? I can’t afford to pay that fine and I can’t afford to provide healthcare for all of my employees.
But, as an intelligent business owner the incentive behind my practice has shifted, I can cut my ten employees hours to just 30 per week, add another employee or two, avoid the fine, not have to pay healthcare and continue to grow at my initial projected rate.
But, what about the employees? What about the people that we were supposed to be helping according to Mr. Obama?
Well, plainly they’re screwed. See ObamaCare doesn’t do anything to help anyone, as hours are cut along with wages, consumer spending is reduced and the economy shrinks. This is Economics 101 and very basic for even a middle school student to understand.
Couple this with the idea that we as citizens are will to pay a tax (yes the American Revolution was fought because of excessive taxation from England) as a penalty for not buying a product that the government is selling, and I am left believing that the entire American public has jumped off a bridge because of how stupid we have become. Do we just not care? Are we willing to let professional politicians and manipulative lawyers dictate our lives to the point where we hand them upwards of 60% of our paychecks each week to fund a government spewing filth like the Affordable Care Act on a daily basis?
Where is the uproar? Where are the riots? Where is the tea?