Isn’t it ironic?
The Way I See It
by DON WEST
Isn’t it ironic that we are told to not judge all Islamic people by a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by a few lunatics?
Recently in an interview, President Obama raved about the fact that 8 million young people have been covered by the Affordable Care Act because law now requires them to be maintained on their parent’s health insurance until age 26. The Brookings Institute has recently come out with a new study that indicates that the Affordable Care Act will do more to redistribute wealth in this country than any other method ever before. The bottom 20 percent will see increases in their income, primarily due to government subsidies from Obamacare. Meanwhile, most of the rest of us, including people whose annual income is in the $25,000 range will see our incomes lowered, due to the same Obamacare.
The President also bragged about the millions who are on Medicaid and have signed up for Obamacare. Well, these two groups are pretty much a no-brainer for me. Why wouldn’t young people be signed up when they don’t have to pay for it? Why wouldn’t people on Medicaid not sign up when they don’t have to pay for it, or pay very little for their medical coverage under the ACA (Affordable Care Act)? Like they say, the phones are free, why not take them?
On the other hand, my stepson, a self-employed building contractor is facing an increase from $600 per month to over $1,400 a month to cover him and his wife and three children. He will probably opt to pay the penalty, because he will not be able to afford Obamacare coverage. That new premium cost comes with a $6,000 deductible, and he could have up to three deductibles per year. Isn’t it ironic that Obama didn’t talk about this group and their lack of signups? Guess it wouldn’t be good publicity for the upcoming elections in Congress.
Some will say we are whipping a dead horse – that ACA is the law and we have to live with it. Well, we may have to die with it because it will not be affordable to most who need to buy it to supposedly make it affordable to those who will be subsidized. How long have I been ranting about the fact that we cannot cure our spending problems by throwing money at the problem? This is just one more issue that the government thinks it can cure by throwing money at it, but the results will be the same as all past failures. You cannot take down the producers to build up the non-producers. You cannot take away incentive from those who want to achieve and give it to those who don’t want to achieve.
While donating blood this week, I listened to one of the workers complain about the fact that though she has the maximum taken out of her check for taxes, she annually has to pay more taxes when filing. She said that she may have them withhold more this year, but I explained that she would only be loaning her money, with no return, to people who already don’t know how to control their spending. Why would one deprive him or her self to give to out-of-control spendthrifts? It’s enabling, like giving drugs or alcohol to an addict. You’ll get nothing back, and only contribute to the problem.
One-term politicians are the solution, not throwing good money after bad.
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