New tax language sets dangerous precedent
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2012
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2012 23:07
Columnist Greg Osborne is a junior and political science major at Armstrong. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Inkwell editorial board.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was validated by the Supreme Court June 28 as a tax, making it the largest tax increase since the founding of the republic.
So often now it seems our sensibilities are assailed by events we have little control over. We are seemingly outraged in unison about what is happening in our nation’s capital. But time and time again that outrage goes unanswered by the system.
So brazen this government has become; so arrogant they underestimate the will of the people; so vain they inadvertently provided us with a silver lining to the whole situation — their vanity being a method of breaking the people free of their mindless trance so all of humanity’s gaze becomes fixed permanently on the true societal power structure and the diabolical designs being put in place for the society we are all a part of.
The debate over this controversial legislation is heated to say the least. Some are misguided by the few positive aspects of the bill and turn a blind eye to the myriad of attacks on the ideals of freedom that served as the foundation for this country for the past couple of centuries.
In his majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “The Affordable Care Act’s requirement certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax...Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”
As a result, the government is now granted right to force the citizenry to purchase whatever they desire by characterizing the purchase as a tax.
By 2016 individuals who do not purchase health insurance will pay a minimum penalty of $695 a year. Those not purchasing a health plan who make more than $37,000 a year will be assessed for 2.5 percent of their income as a penalty.
This sounds bad for a moment, until you realize there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 new taxes throughout the bill considerably more painful than paying a one-time fee per year for not purchasing healthcare.
There are equivalent taxes on the entire payroll of businesses refusing to provide care for their employees, but many large corporations have received waivers already, such as McDonald’s to name one. Paperwork will serve as an extreme burden to businesses and government alike, requiring even more government expansion.
The IRS has been budgeted with over $500 million to enforce the regulations of this bill, which equates to thousands of newly hired IRS goons tasked with going after any and all dissenters to force compliance.
You don’t get to choose your plan. There are committees for that; so expect your children to be insured when you don’t have any and expect to be covered for maternity services when you are not capable of having children, etc.
Review boards will decide what care you will receive and what care you will not receive, ultimately putting your life in the hands of the state, rather than your medical doctor or more importantly, you.
There are too many aspects of this legislation to list all pertinent information in any brief summary, but when one examines even a few of the key provisions called for in this bill, the picture we are faced with is dire indeed. As a nation, we have never before witnessed such a bold exertion of power and influence by the state in what was originally designed to be a free-market system.
Simply put, we are witnessing the death of capitalism.
One might think the remedy for such a situation would be to replace those in office, but in reality it is far more complex than that. We are at the sum of nearly a century of voting for the lesser of evils in a system designed to divide and conquer.
Both sides in the political realm are ultimately working together on issues that truly matter, while distracting the public with issues of no real significance, feigning opposition to each other.
We have Supreme Court justices appointed under both Republicans and Democrats alike who vote based on agenda rather than constitutionality, and their progressive ideals are working in tandem with the progressive left and right in the Congress to incrementally erode the rights and freedoms we enjoy.
For many decades, we have blindly fallen subject to the rhetoric and sophistry of both sides of the two-party system.
The template for Obamacare was written by a Republican and former governor in collusion with insurance companies after all, who is now coincidentally the main challenger of Obama in the coming election.
We must transcend such petty differences in ideology and understand the constitution is the foundation and common ground we all stand upon, and it is cracking beneath us. Unified resolve and defiance against tyranny is the only way forward.
Support your state government, as they are the last line of defense now that the Supreme Court has forsaken the constitution they have sworn an oath to uphold.