During a gathering last week at Heartland’s offices in Chicago, I was sitting with a supporter of the organization. He asked what I thought would happen with Obamacare. I said it would be upheld 5-4. I couldn’t give a good reason other than I was in a contrarian mood and had a feeling it would be upheld.
I sent my new friend an email today:
So our choice this fall will be to vote for the man who gave us Obamacare or the man who gave Obama Obamacare.
My new friend responded: “Good prediction. Painful, but good.” He also looked into some of the taxes that go along with the now-Supreme-Court-blessed Obamacare and noted that this one seems particularly devastating to small businesses:
Employer Mandate Tax (Jan 2014): If an employer does not offer health coverage, and at least one employee qualifies for a health tax credit, the employer must pay an additional non-deductible tax of $2000 for all full-time employees. Applies to all employers with 50 or more employees. If any employee actually receives coverage through the exchange, the penalty on the employer for that employee rises to $3000. If the employer requires a waiting period to enroll in coverage of 30-60 days, there is a $400 tax per employee ($600 if the period is 60 days or longer). Bill: PPACA; Page: 345-346.
Combined score of individual and employer mandate tax penalty: $65 billion/10 years.
Yep. The Obamacare taxes are one of three waves of taxes to increase in January unless Congress takes action. The tendency of people in government always and everywhere has been to expand the size and power of government. Power may ebb and flow but over the long term all governments get bigger and more intrusive. The courts are a branch of government.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Our choice this fall will be to vote for the man who gave us Obamacare or the man who gave Obama Obamacare. From the “Courts & the Constitution” section of Mitt Romney’s campaign website:
As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts. … [Roberts] hold[s] dear what the great Chief Justice John Marshall called “the basis on which the whole American fabric has been erected”: a written Constitution, with real and determinate meaning. The judges that Mitt nominates will exhibit a genuine appreciation for the text, structure, and history of our Constitution and interpret the Constitution and the laws as they are written. And his nominees will possess a demonstrated record of adherence to these core principles.
I’m thinking Romney is regretting that public endorsement of John Roberts right about now — and I wouldn’t be surprised if it soon disappears from his website.