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Monday, July 02, 2012


Tax deception in health ruling very disturbing
By the Daily News

The Supreme Court has now rendered its long-anticipated decision and has upheld most of the health care law in a 5-4 ruling.

Many Americans who respect the court’s role as the final word on constitutional matters will still be disturbed by this ruling.

They have every right to be.

The Affordable Care Act was, after all, spawned in corruption, falsehoods and hypocrisy.

The Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Kickback are but two reminders of the Chicago-style politics and corruption which greased the skids for this legislation.

Lies and hypocrisy abounded during health care debate as our president and members of his party assured Americans that the individual mandate was not a tax. Yet, during oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice attorneys argued that the mandate should be upheld cited congressional power to levy taxes.

It’s hard to see how you can have it both ways, but a majority of the court overlooked the deceit and held that the mandate can be construed as a tax.

Shame on those who were a party to this hypocrisy and deception. They obviously have the misguided belief that the end justifies the means, but what exactly is the end result?

For starters, we have an extremely costly entitlement that will make its name Affordable Care Act part of the George Orwell lexicon.

The history of large new government programs provides overwhelming evidence that initial cost estimates are quickly left in the dust. Already the Congressional Budget Office is backing off of its initial estimates.

“Affordable” rings hollow to companies and employees who were promised lower premiums and health care costs but aren’t seeing them.

At a time when jobs are our nation’s top priority, the new taxes, costs and uncertainty inherent in this bill promises to be a drag on job creation.

The increase in Medicaid spending at the state level resulting from this law will put even more strain on states already dealing with meeting essential services in a depressed economy.

Ultimately, we can expect to see health care rationing similar to what citizens in Britain, Canada and many European countries experience.

All Americans who cherish freedom should be thankful that the court didn’t expand congressional power under the Constitution’s Commerce Clause in upholding the mandate. Had they upheld requiring insurance purchases on this basis, many wondered if there were any limits on what products Congress could compel us to buy in the future.

They were concerned because our freedoms can be lost incrementally just as surely as they can be lost overnight by conquest.

Yes, the court has spoken, but the fact that a law is ruled constitutional hardly means it is good public policy.

This battle is lost but the war is not. The fight now moves back to the legislative arena.

This flawed law must be repealed and replaced with true reforms that won’t drive up health care and premium costs, depress the job market and contribute to an already staggering and unsustainable mountain of debt.



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