Don't want to be the kind of guy who says "I told you so," but, the $63 per head "fee that companies will be forced to pay in order to cover pre-existing medical conditions is only the first of what promises to be many future "surprises." There is a lot of road in front of us.
Remember? Just a few days before the Obamacare bill was to come up for a vote, when the repellant Botox Nancy Pelosi teased that, "We have to pass the bill so we can find out what's in it?" Well America, you're about to find out. It won't be pretty.
And just think: this is only the first "fee" hidden among the 2,700+ page law that not one single solitary liberal/socialist/Democratic (LSD) legislator even bothered to read! Only a drooling moron would believe that this "fee" will be the last to be "discovered."
Paul Ryan tried to alert anyone who would listen to what a job-killing monstrosity Obamacare really is, but not enough people listened to him or perhaps even cared. Though poll after poll attested to the fact that most Americans are opposed to Obamacare, Barack Obama was reelected anyway. The President, after all, promised "free stuff."
The Huffington Post, masking its cynicism, referred to the "temporary" fee as a "surprise." The $63 assessment is only for three years, and then it goes down. In a pig's eye it will. No government fee ever goes down. Only the reverse happens.
In the days before the healthcare vote, the LSDs crowed that private health providers would no longer be able to "turn away" anyone suffering from a pre-existing condition. The implication was that those stingy private providers had plenty of money in their coffers to cover the costs of the treatment required, they just didn't want to hurt their profit margins. If one listens to the LSDs, private enterprise equals "greedy," and government equals "good."
The LSDs furthered the insult by insinuating that the treatment of a pre-existing condition is actually cheap. Covering the cost of any pre-existing condition from cancer to pregnancy, under the government's (i.e. the LSDs) "plan" would not add a dime to your premium. This "fee" is proof that the LSDs lied.
Though the new $63 per head "fee" is ostensibly being dumped into the laps of private employers, that is not going to happen. There are only so many dollars available to pay for employee benefit packages in any company budget. Employers, always looking to find the best employees, are stretched as it is trying to match the benefit packages of the competition. Now this?
What is going to happen is that employers will have little alternative but to pass this "fee" on to their employees. Employees will pay it or the company will let them go, or cut their hours to 30 per week, making them part-time workers.
Prospective employees will be advised that they'll have to pay the health insurance "fee" or they will not be hired. Companies will be forced to choose between a new hire or updating their equipment in the interests of meeting government employee safety standards, or emissions requirements, or some other government-imposed obstacle.
Bottom line, as Ray Lewis often says, is that jobs are going to be lost in an economy in which 23 million people are already unemployed. The quality of health care will not be improved, and the costs are inevitably going to go up because fewer people will be paying taxes to pay for health care. Once those costs go up, it will be next to impossible to bring them back down. Tax dollars will run out. Doctors won't be paid. Many will be driven out of practice.
Conservative Republicans are presented with an opportunity to demonstrate to the electorate that they understand that they have been entrusted with control of the national purse. It is for them to call Obamacare what it is, i.e. a tax, the largest in American history. Right on its heels is the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, just as large as Obamacare. "The rich" can't pay those taxes by themselves, even if the government were to soak them all to the last penny, no matter how much Mr. Obama and the LSDs say otherwise. The middle class, next on the taxpayer food chain, will have to make up the difference. It won't be enough.
Since Mr. Obama's reelection, the President and his Congressional LSD allies have dug in their heels, saying that the Republicans have "no choice" but to go along with their agenda. The President vows to stand firm in his conviction to cut taxes for "the middle class," but not for "the rich." That is his prerogative, but the Republicans do indeed have a choice, and they'd best exercise it. They have a responsibility to all taxpayers, including "the rich."
John Boehner, between crying jags, is making every effort to "compromise" with the LSDs. The problem is that, for the LSDs, "compromise" means that Republicans give in to whatever they demand, preferably on their knees.
The choice that Republicans have before them is either to give in to those demands, or for once, to show some spine and face the inescapable fact that the LSD agenda is a conglomeration of bad ideas. It is their duty to say so. They could do a lot worse than to "flesh out" Mitt Romney's plans to make America energy independent. Make it so clear that even the LSD Mainstream Media (LSDMSM) can't claim to not understand why $4 per gallon gas is not a good thing even if Mr. Obama thinks it is. Granted, a hard task, but not an impossible one.
The Republicans can start by boiling the choice down to one very simple equation: the liberty of free enterprise vs the poorly disguised economic slavery promised by the LSD agenda.