Imagine you are sitting at home one day in the near future and you see a letter from the IRS. You open it and see that your family is being fined $2000 because you didn’t comply with the ObamaCare mandate. You turn to your wife and ask her about it. She states that the family does in fact have health insurance through the States’ “health exchange.”
After a sinuous journey through the IRS’s voice mail system, you determine that the penalty (“tax” per the Supreme Court) was imposed because your family was deemed not eligible for the ObamaCare health exchanges. That you should have purchased private health insurance.
Your 13-year-old daughter had been babysitting the next door neighbor’s toddler over the summer, and the neighbor had claimed the amount on their taxes. You did not claim this money when you did your taxes, and adding this amount to your total income had put your family outside of the 133% poverty level for eligibility in the health exchanges.
Yes, ObamaCare will require claimed income from everyone living in the household. Grandma got a $10.00 rebate from the company that she gets her diabetes supplies from? Counts. Johnny won a $20.00 gift certificate for selling the most candy bars at a school fundraiser? Counts. The IRS will be sifting through every aspect of your lives. Is calling these new IRS powers Gestapo-like a stretch? Probably not. The IRS will need to determine a household’s total income down to the penny to determine what healthcare you qualify for; whether you will get tax credits; whether you are eligible for the health exchanges, and how much exactly you should be fined if you fail to purchase the “correct” health insurance.
Take this enormous power, the digging through every financial aspect of a family’s finances, and quadruple it. In only one small part of IRS’s far-reaching tentacles is the new 1099 requirement for businesses. “According to Section 9006 of the 2,409-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, beginning on January 1, 2012 all businesses will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to contractors, but to any individual or corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year. Currently, 1099s need only be issued to individuals, not corporations.” Add to that the thousands of new regulations that will determine what type of health insurance they need to buy for employees, penalties for non-compliance, how penalties will be calculated, not to mention the thousands of dollars per employee businesses will be required to spend on health insurance.
ObamaCare, as conservatives have been saying all along, is not about healthcare. It is about the increase in power of the federal government. It is about controlling every aspect of a citizen’s life. It is about a hostility towards the capitalist system. It is about ushering in a “fundamental transformation” of this country. It is about moving the United States towards a democratic socialism modeled on the Western European countries, that favors unions, “community groups” (ACORN-style organizations), and large, government-controlled, government-preferred corporations.
Of course, the fact that all of these governments that have adhered to this system are crumbling before our eyes does not seem to deter our Fundamental Transformer-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama.
If ObamaCare is permitted to stand we will not become Greece. We will, as Maine Governor Paul LePage has intimated, become Hitler’s Germany.
And that is not an exaggeration.