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These “grassroots protests” are being organized and largely paid for by Washington special interests and insurance companies who are desperate to block reform. They’re trying to use lies and fear to break the President and his agenda for change.
5. The coming middle-class tax hikes for medical coverage. Henninger:
Every policy wonk in America may have known this was always an everybody-into-the-pool proposal, and Mr. Obama has talked himself blue saying people could stay with the insurance they’ve got or the doctor they’ve got, “if you’re happy with that” and don’t like the public option.
A lot of people simply don’t believe this. How come? White House adviser David Axelrod said this week, “Our job is to help folks understand how this will help them.” It could be they’ve already thought about that. For many people, the first six Obama months already have been an unsettling Dantesque tour through levels of government “help” they never knew existed.
The House version of Mr. Obama’s health-care—excuse me, “health-insurance”—reform already has four taxes that will largely be paid by people making less than $250,000 a year. There’s $8.2 billion in taxes for using health savings accounts and other tax-free medical savings vehicles to purchase over-the-counter drugs. There’s an 8% tax on employers who don’t offer insurance: The Congressional Budget Office says workers in those businesses would pay the $163 billion cost via lost wages.
There’s a 2.5% “Tax on Individuals Without Acceptable Health Care Coverage” in the House bill that applies to people who either don’t have insurance or whose policies the government deems inadequate. Finally, there’s a $2 billion “Comparative Effectiveness Research Tax” on all private and “public option” insurance policies.
If some version of ObamaCare is passed, the president will break his tax pledge several more times while adding trillions to the deficit, dismantling the best elements of our health-care system and slashing Medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars.
The level of hysteria, it is clear to me, comes from the rare opportunity for the Left to nationalize - and thus to politicize - a giant sector of the economy, and one which is closest to peoples' hearts. If they blow it again, the chance may not return for another 20 years. And yet they have already blown it, because their bill is an atrocity.
I wish I held your optimism. But the only thing that will prevent this bill from passing are the blue dog Dem's. That's a slim thread upon which to hang ones hopes. I can only imagine the pressure that Pelosi is putting those blue dog's under so that they will vote her way.
The democrat entitlement merchants have all the votes they need in Congress plus a communism-loving president to twist arms and sign-off on this power grab. Changing the language doesn't make any of the socialist gutting of America feel any better, it just fools some of the people.
A lot of what Roosevelt tried to do in the 1930's ended up being blocked by the Supreme Court, limiting the damage he was able to do. That certainly could be our final hope this time.
Anyone who studies the Great Depression and how Roosevelt's actions prolonged people's suffering understand how Obama's actions are doing the same. Only healthy business can pull us out of this and right now business is paralyzed, afraid to make a move because they don't know what this clown might do next.