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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Obamacare - Why it's bad for America

Welcome to the last article in a series about Obamacare and its impact on the elections, and the future of this country.  Previously, I've talked about why it's important.  I've talked about the tactics liberals generally employ in a debate.  And I've talked about what to expect when discussing Obamacare with a liberal.  And now, in this final article, I explain why Obamacare is bad.  Some might say that I should have had this one first.  But I beg to differ.

Consider this article the bullets for your battle.  Then consider the previous articles as the tactics of the enemy and an instruction manual on how to use the bullets.  If given the bullets first without knowing what to expect from the enemy or how to effectively use the bullets, it's possible for someone to plunge head first into a situation confidently armed with their new ammo, only to get in a situation they weren't prepared for where they just toss their bullets limply at their foes.  They have no idea how to use the bullets effectively and are floundering from an attack they didn't expect.  They lose the battle and become discouraged while at the same making it harder for them to make further engagements with the enemy.

Knowing why Obamacare is bad is very important.  But the goal is to capture the hearts and minds of our liberal friends and family.  If we're not prepared, we won't win.  So by holding off this article until last, I'm hoping that it will create a strong mindset that I think is imperative for victory.

Now, down to the brass tacks:

Why Obamacare is bad

Ok, so you know what to expect, but knowing why Obamacare is bad is important.  You can't win a battle or debate without at least having some rudimentary knowledge of why it isn't a good thing.  Remember that you'll get challenged by the bleeding hearts so if you don't have a solid reason why you're opposed, they'll have no other recourse but to think you're either uncaring, racist, a sore loser, or all three.

They lied to us - it IS a tax.

Obama is on record saying the mandate is not a tax.  Democrats throughout its passing swore up and down it was not a tax.  Yet, the oral arguments of the case before the Supreme Court tried to say it was a tax. And now via Chief Justice Roberts' ruling, the only way the mandate is constitutional (aka legal) is as a tax.  On top of the mandate, the bill has quite a few taxes hidden away among the 2,700 pages. Thanks to Roberts, the mandate has been called what it is:  a tax.  Remember Obama promised he would not raise the taxes of the middle class.   Yet, the mandate as well as the other taxes combine to be the biggest tax hike in history (70% of the increased burden of Obamacare will be shouldered by those making $120,000 or less).  They knew how toxic the word tax is, so they avoided it at all costs.  They did their best to make it not look like a tax.  But now, the truth is quite plain:  the mandate (and other provisions in Obamacare) is a new tax on the middle class.  In other words, they lied long enough to get this to pass and now can conveniently "disagree" with the Supreme Court's ruling.  This is outright deceit and very Alinsky-esque in nature.  Any politician that had a hand in passing this bill is complicit in the lie.  For added bonus here's a list of the House Democrats that voted for Obamacare and one for the Senate.

It will increase healthcare costs, not lower them.

A common conservative mantra is that increased regulations means increased costs.  Here's how it works:  The government tells a company they have to do this, this, this, and that to comply or else pay a steep fine.  In order to comply, the company must spend resources and time to adhere to the regulations. Resources and time cost money.  And in some cases, there's just a tax the companies have to pay for various reasons.  And do you think the companies just absorb that additional cost?  Heck no.  They pass it right along to the customer.  Just look at states where the obligation to pay sales tax is placed on the seller.  The purchaser buying the product has no obligation to pay a sales tax, yet they end up shouldering the burden because the seller passes that tax right along to its customers.  Most increases in a business' operation expense is translated into higher cost of their goods and services.  Insurance companies and hospitals will operate no differently.  And usually, free markets tend to self regulate businesses on how much cost they pass on to a customer.  If the price is too high, customers will turn elsewhere which forces the business to look at reducing their costs elsewhere to reach a cost the customer is willing to pay.  Yet, because everyone must have insurance now, there'll be less incentive for an insurance company to reduce its costs elsewhere.  For a more in depth look at how Obamacare will raise costs, read the heritage foundation's report.  But the bottom line is the increase in regulations and the taxes hidden away in Obamacare will ultimately increase health care costs for the end user, us.

Government costs

It's estimated, by today's standards, to cost at least $200 billion a year by the time Obamacare is fully implemented.  And this isn't really replacing any expenditures we have in place now.  Where's that money going to come from considering we're already in a down turn economically?  A costly program like this will lead us to the problems we're now seeing over in Europe, which  by the way, has socialized medicine.  Coincidence?   What's been clear to me is that the more bureaucracy there is, the more something will cost and the less effective it will turn out to be.  Again, it's a resource thing.  The government's going to need to hire a ton of people to keep this thing going.  And who do you think is going to foot the bill?  That's right, us.

Federal expansion of power

While this one is the most alarming for conservatives, it's a hard sell for liberals.  Why? Well because many liberals WANT big government.  They want big brother to take care of them, so they'll do what big brother tells them to.  While being able to tax an individual just because they were born should be quite alarming, the bottom line for liberals is they won't care since they're being taken care of.  The problem with this is, as Thomas Jefferson so adequately put it "Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows us that as a government grows, liberty decreases " So while the free ride's cool now, it won't be so cool once the government wants you to do something you don't like.  And then what will you do?  There's nothing you can do because they can take away everything they've given if you don't march to their tune.  This is the fear the founding fathers had about big government and why they were so adamant to push individual liberty.  

The bottom line is if they can tax us for having a heartbeat (heck, they tax us even after we stop having one), then there's currently no limit on what they can justify as a tax.  Who knows, they could tax people who don't  purchase a federally approved stepometer (one conventiently manufactured by an Obama campaign contributor's company) and also tax them for not reaching so many steps in a year.  And why? Because it's been determined that walking/running/jogging makes you healthy and will drive down health care costs.  Think that's ridiculous?  Just keep in mind that liberals are the "we know what's best for everyone" kind of people.  And so if they consider it "for the good of the country", then that's all that's needed as justification.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for reading through all these articles.  I have a lot to say on this topic because I recognize it as being the most important topic this election year.  And this election year was already shaping up to be the most important election since Reagan unseated Carter in 1980.  In fact, I think this election is even more important than that.  At least back then we didn't have a radical, un-American president doing his damndest to squash the American dream and make America feel bad for being American.  As I've said, there is a strong ideological battle being fought.  It's pulled me into its ranks over the last few months and I'm suspecting a lot more people are feeling the call.  Don't ignore it.  Don't be made to believe that we're overreacting lunatics.  That's what the opposing side wants you to believe.

Keep in mind, they currently have the advantage.  Their agenda has had the strength of motivation building up for decades.  They have the media in their pocket.  And all they have to do to win is to trick us into remaining indifferent and to lose hope.  Stay strong and remember this is a battle worth fighting.  This is the struggle of our generation.  It's a struggle difficult to fight against because it is so damn easy to give into indifference and pawn the political burden onto others.  But know that one day, this indifference will catch up to us.  And I think it's a lot closer than many may realize.