I am currently having to spend a few minutes each day driving my van which lacks an FM radio. The pickings on AM radio are rather slim, so I sometimes end up listening to conservative talk radio (or “conversation radio” as the host called it today). I have no idea whose program I was listening to today (but not Rush or Beck…does Beck still have a show?).
Anyways, the guy was going on at great length about how the Obama socialists were setting things up in the Affordable Care Act. He was keying in on the business mandate. Any business that has more than 50 employees is going to have to include health insurance in the employee benefit package. If the business fails to do this, the fine will be $2,000 per employee.
The host makes the point that any business (including ones that already offer health insurance) would look at the choice and choose to pay the fine. After all, it is much cheaper! This will force all the employees into the Socialist Health Care that Obama set up…and then “they” (the Socialists) will have “them” and come election time the Democrats will say of the Republicans “They want to take away your health care!”
Where to begin. Well, in the first place, if a business is today offering health care to its employees, why would it suddenly stop when there is a fine added to the costs of stopping? Why not just stop now? There is no fine today! Hmmmm, could it be that there are reasons beyond government mandates why businesses supply health insurance?
But some businesses will not offer insurance. Most of these are probably not offering insurance today. So none of the employees will be forced into the Socialist Health Care that is ObamaCare. No, they will be buying insurance from a private company just as they are doing today! Only they will get a subsidy if they do not make enough money.
And if the individuals do not buy a policy? They will be fined:
Impose an annual penalty of $95, or up to 1% of income, whichever is greater, on individuals who do not secure insurance; this will rise to $695, or 2.5% of income, by 2016. This is an individual limit; families have a limit of $2,085. Exemptions to the fine in cases of financial hardship or religious beliefs are permitted
and they will not have insurance. They will have to rely on charity and emergency rooms just like today! (at least, I think that’s what happens.)
But wait! What about the Socialist Health Care that is ObamaCare? People have to buy private insurance with a subsidy if they qualify. Jeepers, how much more socialistic can you get?
Finally, there is the host’s point about how the Democrats will use the Health Care to retain/gain power. How DARE they try and use the policies they favor to curry favor with the voters! This would be like a Republican saying he or she will cut your taxes to retain/gain power!
Remember, “the Republicans want to take away your Health Care!”
This is an admission that people will like the Affordable Care Act once it is fully implemented in the same way Tea Partiers protested with signs that read “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!” Damn those Socialists creating Medicare! Oh wait! The Tea Partiers are voting for Republicans!
Well, it was on the radio. It must be true.