In a close 5-4 decision, the Supreme court says Congress was acting within its powers under the Constitution when it required Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty!
The legislation is 1,000 pages long so I can’t even come close to understanding all the nuances of the bill. All I understand is that those against Obamacare think the bill is a violation of individual rights by our big bad federal government. In addition to the perceived violation of human liberties, the question is who is going to pay for universal healthcare?
Those for Obamacare say that the legislation is not a violation of individual rights but only a tax on people who don’t have healthcare. Justice Roberts explains, “The mandate is not a legal command to buy insurance. Rather, it makes going without insurance just another thing the government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning an income.” I guess that makes sense. The other reason for Obamacare is that in a country as rich as the USA, all people should be have health insurance, rich or poor.
LOTS OF UNINSURED
There are supposedly 32 million people in America without healthcare. Some of them think they are healthy enough that they don’t need healthcare. Meanwhile, the large majority of people who don’t have healthcare is because they can’t afford healthcare! Hence, the irony is that if you penalize people who don’t have healthcare with a 1-2.5% extra income tax hike a year, you are essentially making the poor even poorer! They are already annoyed the government is making them abide by more rules!
Meanwhile, payroll taxes for small businesses and income taxes for the wealthier population will go up to fund Obamacare because income tax hikes on the poor are not going to cover the cost of the program. Supposedly most of the 32 million people without healthcare will get partial or if not full subsidy by the government to get healthcare. Of course that is not going to make the people who have to pay more taxes happy.
If the poor and rich and independent people of America are all pissed off about Obamacare, who is really happy the bill may pass besides President Obama and the people who serve him? If you have health insurance or can’t afford health insurance you’re likely unaffected. Those who are stuck in the middle now need to watch out for the encroaching Sentinels!