by Sheree Geo
After reading about how “wonderful” Obama is for delaying the “employer health care mandate”, I decided to find out what it means for the average American citizen….and if you’re a law-abiding, healthy citizen who either doesn’t need or doesn’t want health insurance, this is actually very bad news for you.
“We have heard concerns about the complexity of the requirements and the need for more time to implement them effectively. We recognize that the vast majority of businesses that will need to do this reporting already provide health insurance to their workers, and we want to make sure it is easy for others to do so,” Mark Mazur, assistant secretary for tax policy at the Treasury Department, wrote in a blog posting.
Isn’t that sweet? They want to give the people more time….oh wait, that’s just for employers:
Tuesday’s announcement of the delay in implementing employer insurance coverage does not affect the central provision of the Affordable Care Act — that most Americans carry health insurance or face a fine in the form of a tax penalty. This so-called “individual mandate” was upheld as constitutional last year by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ironically, PBS points out how the Obama administration would never want to arbitrarily punish these poor, helpless companies (although arbitrarily punishing poor people and the dwindling middle class is perfectly fine, I suppose):
“This one year delay will provide employers and businesses more time to update their health care coverage without threat of arbitrary punishment,” Neil Trautwein, the vice president and employee benefits policy counsel for the National Retail Federation, said in a statement.
Even more ironic is the new study showing that low-income communities actually care about each other more than higher-income communities, and that there is a clear and distinct link between social adversity and diabetes (one of the biggest medical bills in the country, collectively) and you can obviously see that Obamacare is about keeping those people in the situation they are already in.
But is this really that big of a deal? Alden Bianchi, an employee benefits attorney for the firm Mintz Levin and former legal counsel for former governor Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform act, doesn’t think so.
“Twelve years from now, 40, 50 years, this will be the law,” Bianchi said. “We’ll be over the hysteria.”
Maybe because we’ll all be dead by then, and our children will look at “buying health insurance” like we look at “buying car insurance”: “It’s just something we’ve always done, and what we have to do.”
I have to admit, Glenn Beck was right about Obamacare: The individual (and employer) mandate will cause utter chaos on an individual, family, and community level, and this “delay” is all about giving people an illusion of security and benevolence from their government. While the individual mandate still stands tall and strong (and “backed up” by a kangaroo Supreme Court ruling), people are cheering because they think that because the “mandate has been delayed” altogether.
In a tricky article in Raw Story, our hopes are both built up and then dashed simultaneously:
“It’s going to be really hard to impose the individual mandate without an employer mandate. And if you cut that, you could see the whole thing start to unravel,” said Katie Mahoney, executive director of the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce….
Administration officials said a delay in the individual mandate was not under consideration, while former Obama advisers played down the significance of the employer mandate announcement on Tuesday.
“This decision isn’t a big deal. It won’t affect that many firms,” said Nancy-Ann DeParle, a former senior White House aide who was deeply involved in developing the healthcare law.
“People will still have a responsibility to get covered and those who can’t get affordable coverage through their employers will be able to come to the new marketplaces and get it.”
Just like the starving Soviets could just “come to the bread line” every day for their food rations? Or the Chinese living under Mao could just “apply for higher rations from the committee”? Or Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge could decide not to shoot you if you wear glasses if you convince them you’re actually not an intellectual, but mentally retarded, instead?
It seems as if the only real hope we have at this point lies with the staunchest of Republicans who are still shredding the law, despite the recent delay for employers (but who also support war crimes in foreign countries):
“The president’s health care law is already raising costs and costing jobs,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement late Tuesday.
“This announcement means even the Obama administration knows the ‘train wreck’ will only get worse. I hope the administration recognizes the need to release American families from the mandates of this law as well. This is a clear acknowledgment that the law is unworkable, and it underscores the need to repeal the law and replace it with effective, patient-centered reforms.”
However, instead of seeing this for what it is (a violation of Constitutional rights), many on the Right-wing side seem to be harping on about the contraceptive mandate. I believe the contraceptive mandate shouldn’t even be a topic of discussion ; Instead, we should be discussing the unconstitutionality of the entire bill! This is serving as a huge distraction for the same people who would be protesting the “law” in its’ entirety by lassoing them into the “religious arguments” about what constitutes “contraception” and “abortion” and whether or not an employer who is of a religious background is required to pay for it, blah blah blah. This was a very clever move on the Obama Administration’s part, since they know that most of the “competition” will be so outraged by this one issue that they’ll be blinded to the rest of the bill.
According to CNS News:
There are now 62 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate. The Becket Fund led the charge against the unconstitutional HHS mandate. The Becket Fund currently represents: Hobby Lobby, Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, Ave Maria University, and Belmont Abbey College.
As you can see, this is turning into a pseudo-religious circus focusing on one controversial aspect of a totally unconstitutional bill. Nothing is mentioned about how individuals will be required to purchase health insurance they don’t want or need under threat of penalty by their government. This is something freedom-lovers should be shouting from the rooftops ; Instead, they are worried about birth control.
Another bread-and-circuses distraction in this case is the alternative media’s sudden victimization and dehumanization of the same people they’re trying to “save” with their daily articles on health and wellness:
According to an analysis just published by the Wall Street Journal, healthy people will pay double or triple their current health insurance rates under Obamacare. Rates for those with chronic disease, however, will be reduced as all the healthy people subsidize their disease lifestyles.
Actually, the only thing I agree with this article about is the fact that normal, healthy people are being forced to buy into something they don’t want to be a part of – I get that. What I don’t get, however, is how the author is helping people who have been victimized by the system all their lives (and are chronically ill because of it) by blaming them for everyone elses’ problems resulting from the bill.
This is a well-known divide-and-conquer strategy that even Hitler used during his regime to justify the euthanasia of millions of chronically ill and mentally retarded persons: “We are paying for other’s mistakes” ; “They are a blight upon our society” ; “You shouldn’t have to pay to support the ‘bad habits’ of others”, etc etc.
As with the recent immigration bill, the controllers want you to blame everyone but them for the ills of society: “It’s the illegals causing the problem”, or “it’s the people who don’t take care of themselves that we have to pay for, GET ‘EM!!” This plays right into their plans of civil unrest and self-imposed victimization of the people by taking the focus away from the people actually causing the problem: The Obama Administration, his bureaucrats at the HHS, and the Congress, not the person living in pain every day because they grew up as a “ward of the court” and thus, were used as a guinea pig for the system for almost 20 years before being able to make good decisions for their health.
I am, unfortunately, one of those people, and I can attest to the fact that I neither desire, or demand, anyone else to pay my medical bills for me or “take care of me” in any way. My husband and I (with the help of some wonderful friends and family) have done our best to keep me as healthy as possible while living with a genetic, chronic illness without going to the doctor as often as ordered (every 6 months). I am highly offended that instead of blaming the people responsible for the state of our health care in this country, Mike Adams has taken the very-low-road of blaming the people who have little to no control over what’s happening geopolitically for being sick. Shame on you, sir. I would like to say that you are a victim of ignorance and just don’t know what you’re doing by writing an article like that, but I have a feeling that you know exactly what you were doing. Your attitude will rub off on the same people who could be helping to teach those “freeloaders” how to take better care of themselves, and will make them act as snobby and smug as you are, which will only cause division where there could be unity and mutual respect. Once again, shame on you.
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