Did anybody actually believe those promises in the first place? Seriously?
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The House of Representatives passed their health reform bill and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed a $600 billion version today – a version that will require individuals to get health insurance and require employers to contribute to the cost as well.
And what if an individual does not buy a health insurance plan? For about 8 million of us, it means we will pay a new tax of 2.5% – and still not have health insurance.
Keith Hennessey lays it out:
As expected, the House bill would mandate that individuals and families have or buy health insurance.
But what if they don’t buy it?
Then Section 401 kicks in. Any individual (or family) that does not have health insurance would have to pay a new tax, roughly equal to the smaller of 2.5% of your income or the cost of a health insurance plan. …
I assume the bill authors would respond, “But why wouldn’t you want insurance? After all, we’re subsidizing it for everyone up to 400% of the poverty line.”
That is true. But if you’re a single person with income of $44,000 or higher, then you’re above 400% of the poverty line. You would not be subsidized, but would face the punitive tax if you didn’t get health insurance. This bill leaves an important gap between the subsidies and the cost of health insurance. CBO says that for about eight million people, that gap is too big to close, and they would get stuck paying higher taxes and still without health insurance.
Wondering where your income falls in terms of the federal poverty line? The numbers are on the Health and Human Services web site. Here is the chart for the 48 contiguous states and DC:
|Persons in family||Poverty guideline|
|For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,740 for each additional person.|
You can do your own math. With figures as ridiculously low as those, even multiplying the appropriate number by 4 isn’t going to give you an income that would have you living in the lap of luxury.
But if you do happen to be among the so-called wealthy with an income of $250K or more, you may end up paying even more – a 5.4% “surtax” whether you have your own health insurance or not. Interestingly, the “surtax” would be mostly charged to… doctors.
Good plan there – make the doctors angry about having to pay a big new tax and then force them to take on a boatload of new patients. What could go wrong?
Yet all of this for “reform” would enroll less than 5% of Americans and will very likely surpass the $1 trillion price tag currently attached to it according to the Congressional Budget Office.
On a preliminary basis … the proposal’s provisions affecting health insurance coverage would result in a net increase in federal deficits of $1,042 billion for fiscal years 2010 through 2019,” the report said, citing additional expenses for Medicaid and other federal subsidies. One Democratic aide said the bill would add up to $1.5 trillion over the next decade. But the CBO estimate showed that even if the price tag holds to $1 trillion, more than 80 percent of the costs will hit in the last five years. This indicates that after 2019, taxpayers could be hit with a rising tidal wave of health care expenses resulting from the shift in health care coverage from the private to public sector.
So, what will health care “reform” look like? According to House Republicans, it will look like this:
But this is a crisis and we can’t do nothing, right, Mr. President? We need to get this thing going before the end of the year!
So buck up, America. Hey, it’s for your own good. Don’t you want top-quality health care like military women get from the VA, like wounded soldiers get from Walter Reed or like Indian Health Services?
Then again, on second thought, no. Universal health care just isn’t worth our freedom.
More links on this topic – if you’re feeling up to it:
Health care reform still has a long way to go before passage
Committee: Health care overhaul a yes
Concern grows that healthcare overhaul won’t cut costs
House Democrats would have us believe that the rich can pay for it all
9 reasons Pelosi’s healthcare surtax is disastrous
Small Business Faces Big Bite
What if Obamacare Fails?
In a story first broken by infowars.com and confirmed by private citizens and local media (KansasCity.com, Columbia Daily Tribune, KMOV, Fox 4 ), the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) distributed a report entitled “The Modern Militia Movement” to Missouri law enforcement agencies.
The document lists numerous criteria that law enforcement officers should look for in identifying potential domestic terrorists and militia members. Among these criteria are:
Obama may enact firearms confiscation
Obama may not meet constitutional requirements to hold the office of President
The New World Order is a real agenda of certain politicians and other powerful “elites”
FEMA camps may be real
US military forces may be used for firearms confiscation and relocating citizens to FEMA camps in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act
US government may fall due to economic collapse
Possible Contstitutional Convention may alter or remove the 1st and 2nd amendments
NAU is a real agenda of certain politicians and other powerful “elites”
County Sheriff is the highest local authority
Anger towards the Federal Reserve System and all forms of tax collection
Oppose Ammunition Accountability legislation
Oppose any required Universal Service Program in the US
Oppose RFID tracking of citizens
tax resistors [sic]
Military Simulation events – paintball or Airsoft “war games”
Militia and survival training events
Communications – short wave radio, internet forums, Yahoo groups, blogs and social networking sites, online talk shows
Recruitment – gun shows, internet forums, websites, social networking sites, informal social networks
- Public groups – groups that “desire to aid the County Sheriff or Governor in emergencies such as a natural disaster”
- Committees of Safety – organization “established to lobby government officials and confront corruption”
Common Militia Symbols:
Association with 3rd party political groups. Display of materials from the Constitution Party, Campaign for Liberty or Libertarian Party. “These members are usually supporters of former Presidential candidate: Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr”.
Pictures, cartoons, bumper stickers that contain anti-government rhetoric. Also the Gadsden (“Don’t Tread On Me”) Flag, Sovereign Citizen flags, upside down US flag, First Navy Jack. Other literature and media include Zeitgeist the Movie (anti Federal Reserve System) and America: Freedom to Fascism (anti income tax documentary).
One local Freedom Movement group, The Liberty Restoration Project, is asking for “a retraction of this document, and a public apology made, and if this is not met, the LRP has promised heavy activism against their Division and will pursue further actions to correct what they feel is a devastating misrepresentation of what the “Freedom Movement” is about.”
In addition to the above press release, the first step of the Liberty Restoration Project’s plan of action will be to deliver letters (with video cameras) requesting information from FEMA, Dept of Public Safety, Govenor Nixon, and MO Highway Patrol in accordance with Missouri’s Freedom of Information Act / Sunshine Law. They plan to deliver these letters on Monday, March 16, 2009.
I do not belong to any militia group and I am most certainly not a racist or neo-nazi but I do hold a number of the beliefs and display some of the “symbols” referenced in this document. I have been a follower of the Zero Agression Principle all my life, even before I learned it had a name. I have met many others in the Freedom Movement who could say the same. I also happen to live in Missouri, not far from one of the alleged FEMA camps.
Missouri law enforcement officers take note – I am not your enemy, nor are the many others like me. If a day ever comes when you are ordered to target and/or detain your fellow citizens based on profile elements from the MIAC document I hope you will remember this and remember to what and to whom you swore an oath.
For those of you who live in states other than Missouri, do you know what your state’s “Fusion Center” is doing? Be aware – these Fusion Centers are a national network.
Does having political opinions that differ from those of the current powers-that-be make me a potential terrorist? Have we really arrived at the point where even peaceful dissent makes one an enemy of the state?
I sincerely hope not.
Watch this blog for updates.
Looks like the federal government is going to need a bailout of its own pretty soon. According to this Associated Press article, ultra wealthy investors who lost fortunes in Bernard Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme could end up costing the government some $17 billion in lost tax revenue.
Who is Obama going to tax now to fund his multi-hundred billion dollar “recovery” plan?