The new army of IRS agents enforcing O-care should at least be trained to give breast exams and diet advice.— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 29, 2012
Yes. Or maybe they can at least buy us all dinner first!
On the heels of the decision that the Obamacare mandate is really a “tax,” Twitter users wonder what this means: Will their doctors be replaced by Mr. Tax Man? Naturally, this tax that isn’t a tax according to the Obama administration (words are hard) conveniently already sparked the addition of thousands of IRS employees to the government payroll.
What will these new health care decision makers and enforcers do?
Super creepy! Kind of like the Stepford Doctors who were handed out lab coats in the Rose Garden. Welcome your new health care overlords.
More power for the ever-popular, and now medical expert, Internal Revenue Service?
Indeed, citizens of many Continental countries now have more – what’s the word? – liberty in matters of health care than Americans. That’s to say, they have genuinely universal government systems alongside genuinely private-system alternatives. Only in America does “health” “care” “reform” begin with the hiring of 16,500 new IRS agents tasked with determining whether your insurance policy merits a fine. It is the perverse genius of Obamacare that it will kill off what’s left of a truly private health sector without leading to a truly universal system. However, it will be catastrophically unaffordable, hideously bureaucratic, and ever more coercive. So what’s not to like?
To give Chief Justice Roberts’ argument more credit than it deserves, governments use taxes as a form of incentive. There is mortgage-tax relief because the state feels homeownership is generally a good thing. Conversely, not buying health insurance is a bad thing, so such antisocial behavior should be liable to a kind of antisocial tax. But, as presently constituted, the Supreme Court’s new “tax” is a steal – $695 is cheaper than most annual health insurance policies. Especially when, under Obamacare, you’re allowed to wait till you get ill to take out health insurance, and you can’t be turned down. Which is why the cost of insurance is already rising, and will rise higher still down the road.
Bingo. But, hey, “shovel-ready” jobs for IRS agents.
“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” If the Tax Man says so, that is.
So, there’s that. All hail unintended consequences?