A friend told me that once socialism takes hold it’s damn hard to get rid of it. Yesterday, the United States of America moved closer to becoming a Socialist Nation. What was Chief Justice Roberts thinking? I’m still reading the opinions of each justice’s and other opinions. I surprised and disappointed by the ruling, but after reading into Roberts opinion it’s clear he threw this law back to the people of the United States to deal with.
Basically, elections have consequences. If you vote these people into office, this is the kind of government you will get. The Supreme Court is elected for life, the Executive and Legislative branches are the people’s responsibility at every two and four year election cycles. It seems we’ve been electing the wrong people into office, starting with Obama on down and Roberts decided it was the peoples responsibility to deal with this. So now what are we left with?
Individuality is gone; we must now pay for our neighbor’s healthcare. My neighbor must pay for my healthcare. If we don’t we could be imprisoned by an unjust government. Our choices are gone; we can never choose and keep our doctor, we cannot keep our insurance. We will now have to live with a government death panel deciding our healthcare. An existence tax has been imposed on everyone living in this country. Did the Socialist Democrats know that when they passed the law? Did they care?
Well we know they didn’t read the law because we had to pass the law to find out what’s in the law, as Nancy Pelosi said. So, our elected officials are passing laws that no one reads until it bites us in the ass after the fact. Is this the kind of government you want?
July 11th a vote to repeal Obamacare will brought up in Congress, so says Eric Cantor. This is good because the Socialist Progressive Democrats will have to justify why they foisted a massive tax increase on the American people. As Representative John Dingell once said about Obamacare is that it takes time to put the legislation in place to “control the people.”
The Heritage Center for Legal and Judicial studies has this to say:
The American people and their elected representatives have a lot of work to do to repeal and replace the Obamacare statute. Moreover, we still have an uphill battle to restore and preserve the written Constitution we have been bequeathed, but the Court today put some temporary brakes on our republic’s descent down an extra-constitutional slippery slope in which the federal government can control any aspect of our lives that has any imaginable impact on commerce—meaning everything.
Johan Goldberg has an interesting article that uses a unique perspective on yesterdays Supreme Court ruling:
In the majority opinion written by Roberts, the Supreme Court held that the mandate to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause. But Roberts also found that it’s constitutional under Congress’s power to tax. It is on these grounds that Roberts upheld the constitutionality of ObamaCare, siding with the four liberal justices of the bench.
This is important because it restricts the government from attaching a mandate in the Constitution. However, since it is the domain of Congress to legislate taxes, then that is constitutional.
If I were to use a Star Wars analogy (quote copied from a Facebook user):
“The last vestiges of the old Republic have been swept away.
Fear of the IRS will keep the systems in line.
Posted by: Grand Moff Roberts at June 28, 2012 03:56 PM (QupBk)”
I.M. Citizen writes that Chief Justice Roberts is a genius, but I don’t necessarily agree with optimism; however, there are some good points to share. Still, I would have rather had the whole law thrown out:
Ultimately, Roberts supported states rights by limiting the federal government’s coercive abilities. He ruled that the government can not force the people to purchase products or services under the commerce clause and he forced liberals to have to come clean and admit that Obama-care is funded by tax increases.
What I like about this point is that it makes liberals justify a massive tax increase as healthcare while not addressing the underlining problems with healthcare. Plus it keeps Congress and the President from altering the Constitution at will with mandates. However, the law still stands and it is a massive new government bureaucracy. It is taxation without representation no matter how you look at it.
Obamacare law has a list of 20 new taxes on American families and small businesses. You can see the list linked here. The list is stunning because it shows which taxes have been enacted and those taxes yet to come. It gets worse because the taxes include surtaxes on investments. If you have a 401K or any other investment the government can charge a 43.4% tax on that investment to pay for Obamacare. More stealing of your money by the government to fund their healthcare program run by Washington bureaucrats.
Beltway Confidential wrote:
“[T]o say that the Individual Mandate merely imposes a tax is not to interpret the statute but to rewrite it,” the dissenters — Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy — wrote, adding that “legislators must weigh the need for the tax against the terrible price they might pay at their next election.” He then suggested that Congress intentionally avoided passing the mandate as a tax in an effort to avoid that election disaster. “We have no doubt that Congress knew precisely what it was doing when it rejected an earlier version of this legislation that imposed a tax instead of a requirement-with-penalty.”
Indeed it does, because Obama said it was not a tax, but it is a tax. Obama has lied to us. The people have elected socialists progressives liberals into Congress. We have been lied to by sycophant’s that are now able to tax behavior. Your choices will cost you. Your income is already taxed, so now your behavior will be taxed. What will this tax do to the healthcare industry?
Dr. Eck adds that under Obama’s plan, many payouts will go down – and many practices will go under.
“We don’t have to go back to the way it is now,” Dr. Eck said. “It’s actually way too expensive for taxpayers the way it is now, but ‘Obamacare’ will actually be worse.”
The government now has the ability to tax your activities and inactivity. Like with global warming, a false theory, you would be taxed because someone will deem it a healthcare activity. The types of food you eat will be taxed because the government will determine its healthiness. Some foods will be outright banned because someone in the government will declare it non-healthy! We see Michelle Obama campaigning on healthy foods while her husband campaigns at fast food joints. A “do as I say, not as I do” leadership. This has been the operation of the Obama regime, privilege is our domain and not the people’s choice. This arrogance by Progressives that they know better than you.
This is happening today with Obama’s regime shutting down coal powered electrical plants. A carbon tax can now be constitutional, because the court has now said that the government can tax anything it wants. The government can now command you to pay what it determines as a tax. Why stop at health insurance? It’s all social justice isn’t it?
The flood gates are open now for the government to declare a tax on any activity you, the individual, can do. Essentially, that is what Obamacare is a tax on your life. Remember when Obama was asked about his healthcare plan and swore up and down that it was not a tax. Obama Lied!
Sep 20, 2009
Obama: Mandate is Not a Tax
ABC News Interview
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, ABC NEWS HOST: …during the campaign. Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, hold on a second, George. Here – here’s what’s happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average – our families – in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I’ve said is that if you can’t afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn’t be punished for that. That’s just piling on. If, on the other hand, we’re giving tax credits, we’ve set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we’ve driven down the costs, we’ve done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you’ve just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that’sâ€¦
STEPHANOPOULOS: That may be, but it’s still a tax increase.
OBAMA: No. That’s not true, George. The – for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it’s saying is, is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I’m not covering all the costs.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But it may be fair, it may be good public policy.
OBAMA: No, but – but, George, you – you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Here’s the …
OBAMA: What – what – if I – if I say that right now your premiums are going to be going up by 5 or 8 or 10 percent next year and you say well, that’s not a tax increase; but, on the other hand, if I say that I don’t want to have to pay for you not carrying coverage even after I give you tax credits that make it affordable, then …
STEPHANOPOULOS: I – I don’t think I’m making it up. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary: Tax – “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.”
OBAMA: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what…
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, no, but…
OBAMA: …what you’re saying is …
STEPHANOPOULOS: I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.
OBAMA: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I’m taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we’re going to have an individual mandate or not, butâ€¦
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you reject that it’s a tax increase?
OBAMA: I absolutely reject that notion.
Obama Lied and Freedom Died
But I’ve been telling you that ever since Obama was elected.
Supreme Court Head Justice John Roberts declared Obamacare a tax in his written opinion. It basically is a tax on your existence. It is the government stealing your money. How will the socialist democrats reconcile their tax on the American People? It limits choice on healthcare options. It forces Americans to purchase an insurance policy through the government. You cannot tailor the policy to meet your needs. Plus you’ll be forced to pay for services that you might object to, like abortion and contraception. Then there is the availability of doctors. You can have all the government health insurance you want, but if there are no doctors to see you, what good is Obamacare then?
Here are some unintended consequences of Obama care:
1. With 30 million more people depending on the tax dollar for their health care, to think it is NOT going to cost the average American taxpayer more money as Obama promised is stupidly naive. So, hard working Americans, be prepared to bend over.
2. There will be a flood of patients wanting appointments for anything from tick removal to cold remedies. Why? ITS “FREE.”
3. There will be huge waiting lines for appointments because of #2.
4. There will be a severe shortage of health care personnel. We experienced a nursing shortage a few years back. The answer was to lessen the requirement for nursing education. It brought into the professional community grossly under qualified people. Its going to be far worse now.
5. We will be seeing the most experienced and able docs opting out leaving lesser quality docs running the show.
6. We will also see many of these docs near retirement hanging it up which will create a vacuum of the best docs.
The quality of health care is about to diminish tremendously.
The socialist democrats are now claiming that this is all free healthcare. However, nothing is free, someone needs to pay for healthcare. That leaves individuals and businesses with some decisions to make.
Employers may drop health insurance for their employees. They might tell their employees to go to the state exchanges to purchase their health insurance. Then the state will determine what you will pay for healthcare.
This is a new Ponzi scheme like social security. Only this time it’s tied to one sixth of the economy and it’s not sustainable. The bulk of the tax “penalties” will fall on the middle class.
SUPREME COURT: “…the shared responsibility payment may for constitutional purposes be considered a tax… read as imposing a tax on those who go without insurance.” (Supreme Court Of The United States Syllabus, National Federation Of Independent Business Et Al. V. Sebelius, Secretary Of Health And Human Services, Et Al., 6/28/12)
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE: At least 75% of individual mandate penalties fall on those making less than $250,000. (“Estimated Distribution Of Individual Mandate Penalties Under The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act,” Congressional Budget Office & Joint Committee On Taxation, 11/20/09)
The Lies Barack Hussein Oblamer
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “And if you’re a family making less than $250,000 a year, my plan won’t raise your taxes one penny — not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Orlando, FL, 8/3/08)
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.” “And if you make less than $250,000 — if you make less than $250,000 a year, you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.” (Sen. Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Espanola, NM, 9/18/08)
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “No family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase.” “And I can make a firm pledge: under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase – not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Dover, NH, 9/12/08)
Wall Street Journal video further explains the Supreme Courts ruling with interesting analysis.
Obamacare doesn’t address the fundamental problems with heathcare. The prescription costs, the frivolous lawsuits, the quality of care; all these are glossed over by a tax to pay for a product the government demands. It doesn’t fix the problem, it only adds to the problem. Congress can raise that tax anytime it wants to pay for deficits in the law. The law is a Ponzi scheme that will force taxes to be raised over and over.
If congress cannot get the revenue it needs to pay for the insurance, then what? Doctors will leave the profession. Why? Because the government will be the only source of revenue for doctors. Unless you pay cash. This is the direction towards a single payer system. Run by the government and controlled by the government. I predict doctors and other healthcare workers will be leaving their practice. Their salaries will now become singled sourced to the government. Only those with the means to pay directly to the doctor will get the better healthcare.
Healthcare will now be a two tiered system. Those that can pay cash for their healthcare, and those that must rely on the government for healthcare insurance. Obama has already stated that the quality of life is secondary to the quality of care.
If Obamacare is that good as Obama and the socialist liberals claim, then why are there over 2 million waivers?
Look at the other social programs run by the government; Social Security, Medicare and Welfare, all these programs are going broke. Now add Obamacare and a tax placed upon you to pay for it. In addition to the other social programs you now pay for, why should you want to be successful? The government is only going to take it away and give it to someone else. It’s wealth redistribution.
When has the government been successful running a business? Never!
Your healthcare will now be judged by your taxable worthiness. You pay more taxes; you’ll get the care you need, unless you’re considered not tax worthy by the government. Your age and income will be scrutinized for what quality of care you will receive. Once you reach retirement age, your healthcare will be throttled back in order to manage costs. Elderly people require more healthcare needs than younger people do. Because elderly people are not a long term taxable resource for the government, it is logical that expensive drugs and healthcare needs will less accessible. Obama has already said the government will determine if you need that pacemaker or that procedure, just take the pill.
Your healthcare mandated tax will pay for abortions and contraceptives. Your religious objections will not be considered, because your First Amendment rights are now nullified. The Constitution was meant to restrict the power of government precisely for the purpose of protecting your liberty and mine from the overreaching hand of the federal government.
A massive tax increase has been placed on the American people. Taxation without representation!
America has taken a giant leap into socialism.
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