By now, the country is used to the rich being the easy target of the left. When a tiny percentage of the country pays the vast majority of the tax burden, it is easy to target that tiny majority as the evil villains who only have what they have because the government paved the roads between their dorm and class room. This allows Democrats to come out in favor of massive tax increases while not losing elections. The only people who are affected by taxes on the rich, other than the rich, are those bitter clinger Americans who still believe in the American dream and foolishly think they could also earn more than $200,000 some day.
So what does Obama do when the Supreme Court reveals that the Obamacare tax hike is in fact a tax hike? What does he do when the numbers are tabulated and we discover that the majority of people affected by Obamacare are not the evil rich, but in fact are the angelic middle class? Well, it’s time to do some re-branding.
Meet the evil middle class. While making more than 400% of the poverty level, they still would rather pay an annual $695 per person tax than shell out $695+ per month for health insurance. These are the “free-loaders”. They are the people who supposedly can afford to spend 10% or more of their income on health insurance but choose not to. As a result, when they get sick we all foot the bill.
The problem is that Obamacare is designed to vastly expand the evil, free-loading middle class. First, the Obamacare tax is $695 per adult, making it far cheaper than overly taxed Obamacare approved insurance. Second, the $2,000 and $3,000 taxes on businesses for not insuring their employees is far cheaper than the overly taxed Obamacare approved corporate insurance plans. Third, you don’t have to have insurance. Under Obamacare, you can skip getting insurance right up until the doctor hands you the bill for the expensive operation you just had.
The CBO predicts that 20 million people will lose their insurance because of the Obamacare tax. I’m proposing that it will be more than that. Ask any American if they would like to save upwards of $8,000 a year, minus $695, by simply dropping their already frustrating insurance plan and just buying insurance as needed when they get sick. Obama is about to discover just how evil, and smart, the middle class really is.
All of this may end up being an academic exercise. The evil middle class free-loaders, like the rich free-loaders, will find pay the Obamacare penalty tax in order to avoid paying the more hefty Obamacare tax embedded in insurance rates. But the real crippler for Obamacare taxes will be states who refuse to pay the Medicaid tax mandate involved with fully implementing Obamacare. Obamacare is, as Kagan described it, a boatload of federal money to increase state Medicaid programs. But that boatload isn’t nearly sufficient to meet the needs of expanded Obamacare Medicaid state programs. States like Florida who refuse to partner with Obama on the vast Medicaid expansion now have no threat of losing their current Medicaid dollars. Losing the cooperation of the states will make Obamacare even more unworkable.
Obama promised no new taxes for people making less than $200,000. He lied. Obamacare is a tax on the middle class. Now that this has been made supremely official, Obama must figure out how to continue to wage his war on the middle class and somehow still get the middle class to vote for him. Misinformation seems to be his best bet. That’s why many Americans still think Obamacare has anything to do with being free or universal.
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