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What Change Looks Like

March 24, 2010

Article: The Cypress Times (Will open in a new window)

President Obama and his legion, Pelosi, Reid, Stupak, et al, have said basically that once the American people get to know what’s in the healthcare legislation, they’ll actually like it. We all know how very important it is to the President and Speaker Pelosi that the American people be happy.

One must assume, based on the President’s assurance, that once we get to know this health care reform legislation up-close and personally, we’ll be so happy that we’ll all gather on a hilltop and hold hands to sing a groovy song and will vote unanimously to usher in a new age of Aquarius.

Okay. Let’s see if that works.

Here are a couple of things I learned about this legislation since its passage that I had not known previously.

When you buy your federally mandated, IRS enforced – either by penalty of a fine or imprisonment – health care insurance you may be buying from an insurance company that will donate a portion of what you spend for your insurance to a special fund to help pay for abortions. It is now mandatory that certain insurance carriers provide a portion of what you pay them for health care coverage to a special abortion fund – Stupak’s hastily scribbled hall pass aside, this is now law.

o There is no special fund for Breast Cancer
o There is no special fund for Heart Disease
o There is no special fund for Diabetes or MS
o There is ONLY a special fund to pay for abortions

When you sell a home in Mr. Obama’s new and improved America a 4% tax will be levied on your proceeds from the sale which will go to cover Health Care costs.

• Tanning? Apparently Dems want us all to be pasty for some reason…if you frequent tanning salons, you will pay a 10% excise tax.

• Mobility be damned! If you purchase a wheelchair, you will pay a 2.3% excise tax. I’m sure those confined to wheelchairs will consider this to be a great step forward in care.

Pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to pass a $3 billion annual fee on to you, the consumer, in the form of more expensive drugs and medication.

• About those fines – Citizens who don’t purchase insurance would be subject to a fine of $325 in 2015 and $695 in 2016. Individuals may be subject to a charge equal to as much as 2.5 percent of their income in 2016.

• The Medicare payroll tax will now be applied to investment income, beginning in 2013.

o A new 3.8 percent tax will be levied on interest, dividends, capital gains and other investment income for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and couples making more than $250,000.

The Medicare payroll tax will increase by 0.9 percentage point to 2.35 percent on wages above $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples filing jointly.

A 40% tax on health benefits happens in 2018 and applies to premiums exceeding $10,200 a year for individuals and $27,500 for families. In other words, that phrase – “If you like your current insurance, it won’t change” was a big fat lie. If you have great insurance, you’ll now be taxed for the privilege. A 40% tax is a change.

• Taxes and more taxes –

o According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan agency, this legislation will generate $409.2 billion in additional taxes by 2019. The Congressional Budget Office also says that the Health Care Reform legislation will impose about $69 billion in penalties for both individual and businesses who don’t meet new mandates to buy health insurance.

• Here’s a really sneaky tax “increase” – if you itemize your tax returns, the deductible for medical expenses will change. You will only be allowed to deduct medical expenses in excess of 10% of your adjusted gross income. Currently that number is 7.5%.

• A medical plan tax that includes several different provisions to increase multiple taxes on things such as cosmetic surgery, cafeteria plans, health insurance providers, production and importation of drugs and medical devices, medical information providing, hospitals and the adjusted gross income floor of medical expenses.

Doctors and hospitals will receive less compensation than they do now to control revenue streams.

The Medicare program will see $500 billion in cuts to its program along with the Medicare tax being raised.

60% of new enrollees in health care programs will be fully subsidized by you.

Then there’s all those “incentives” laced into the legislation – strangely – only for those Representatives who voted “Yes” for this legislation.

$300 Million more in Medicare subsidies for Louisiana
NV, MT, WY, ND, UT all receive $2 billion in Medicare subsides
Connecticut gets $100 Million to build a hospital
11 states total receive 8.5 Billion in Medicaid payments

Even the most casual observer must wonder how a struggling economy, with out-of-control unemployment can bear the burden of so much additional taxation and spending.

President Obama gloated, “This is what change looks like.”

To be fair, I suppose it is possible that Barack Obama never actually said the change he was promising would be positive change, or even change that the American people wanted.

This may be what change looks like, but it is also what bitter partisanship looks like.

Obama promised to reach across the aisle. He never mentioned that once he reached across he was going to sucker punch the Republicans.

Never did I hear Obama promise to ignore the will of the people.

Since last night, Obama, Pelosi and their legion have taken time to grin and pose for the cameras and proclaim the passage of this bill as “historic”. They’ve taken time to pat themselves on the back and to say that this legislation compares to the passage of Medicare, the passage of Social Security and the passage of Civil Rights.

In terms of the monumental impact this law will have on our nation, they are correct to rank it up there with all of those past life-changing pieces of legislation. There is however one incredibly glaring difference. Those milestone pieces of legislation all passed with bi-partisan support.

The only bi-partisanship exhibited in the passing of this legislation was on the side of dissent with more than 30 Democrats crossing over to the Republican side of the aisle to cast their “No” votes. The only Democratic Representative from the state of Texas to vote “No” was Waco’s Chet Edwards.

Obama, Pelosi and the others have suddenly become aware of the words “prayer” and “constitution” and the terms “founding fathers” and to watch them use these words to justify their power grab is insulting. It’s every bit as insulting as the American people being told over and over again that “once you understand it” you’ll be happy to have it.

The condescending attitude from this President and this Congress is unprecedented. The President added to the insult by saying, “We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people.”

Mr. President that is perhaps your boldest and most condescending lie to date.

56% of the people in this nation opposed this health care reform legislation. Your actions have proven that your words have no meaning and that your government — a government of the politician and for the politician — views the people with absolute disdain.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah Baram permalink
    March 25, 2010 2:01 am

    It is sad now to see how the healthy Americans will be paying straight out of pocket for those who cannot afford to take care of themselves. I do think no one should be denied proper health care, but should we really be forced to pay for things such as tanning?

    Also, I was originally planning on e-mailing this to you. But, it seems to be a puzzle piece to this post, fitting favorably well alongside. As much as everyone loathes me here, check it out?

    • March 25, 2010 2:47 am

      Slapped with an excise tax when you purchase a wheelchair? Get REAL, people.

      Nobody loathes you here, Sarah. I welcome your comments, your opinion, and you in general. I don’t censor anyone or block/delete comments from my blog. The things I post about are usually related to issues that touch us ALL. In a good way? In a bad way? It depends. Lately, it seems like mostly bad ways, but at least I will have documented these things — and I’ll have a record to go back over when time passes.

      Trust me, Sarah. We seem like a bunch of “OMG ATTACK” kind of people; but we’re not. We’re genuinely nice, warm, friendly. You should just see some of the “trolls” we deal with. I guess the “ATTACK MODE” way of approaching the “new commenters” (which you are NO longer!) is a way to kind of week out the trolls… but the HahaYoureDead “regulars” — Fishleg, JC, Bob, Steve, Myself, and all of the rest of my beloved readers just want to educate. We want people to understand what’s happening to our country – what the long term effects of things that are happening NOW will do to us. You think Welfare is bankrupt? Social Security? Medicaid? HA. You haven’t SEEN bankrupt.

      You see, Sarah… we’re all just passionate about these issues. Politics. What they do to us, what they want to do, what the politicians’ intentions are… Let me put it this way:

      Politics & world Events is to HahaYoureDead & it’s “regulars” where Writing & Journalism & Literature is to Sarah Baram. You have the journalism flowing through your veins like we have passion for country, patriotism, and politics flowing through ours.

      Sarah, YOU are always welcome here. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome, please, let me know. This is OUR country. This is YOUR country.

      We might not always agree — but that doesn’t mean we loathe you. I promise. 🙂

      • March 25, 2010 2:51 am


        “I guess the “ATTACK MODE” way of approaching the “new commenters” (which you are NO longer!) is a way to kind of WEED out the trolls… but the HahaYoureDead “regulars””

        Ignore any other typos and run-on sentences… Tylenol PM tends to make my brains not work … durrrrr

  2. March 25, 2010 2:42 am

    Thanks for the link up – remember – this bill was never about healthcare – it has always been about creating a massive revenue stream to keep the feds afloat while they ‘manage the decline’. Think about it.

    • March 25, 2010 2:56 am

      You’re absolutely right, man. It’s not about health care. It’s about control. It’s about taxing us to death to sustain the egos of our elected officials who have gone MAD with control. It’s about fundamentally changing the very things that make America the greatest nation in the World. Freedom. Liberty. Choice. Justice. Equality.

      All animals are equal. Some animals are more equal than others.

      It’s sick.

  3. March 25, 2010 4:44 am

    I do not usually drop links on other sites as I consider it a bit forward, but because you stumbled on the Monster and I stumbled on Haha because of the image – I thought I would drop an interesting commentary that you and your readers may not have seen that has to do with the Master Class and $$$$$.

    Still have that sinking feeling in your midsection every time you think about the District of Criminals, The Fed, Bernanke, etc.? Are you still not sleeping well at night because you know something is “so wrong” but the scope of the problem is just getting larger each day?

    Remember when we spoke about giving up every last penny of our wealth to get rid of the bloodsucking elites that are killing our childrens’ futures?

    After reading this commentary, you will have the concise MATH, (there’s that word again), and course of the nation that explains why you feel like a hamster on crack, and can’t sleep at night. The numbers do not lie.

    This piece is long, it’s brutal, and it will make you weep, but I urge you to read every single word because it will resonate. Remember it when the epitome of the elite class gives his State of The Union Address, and then it will be time to get the little gray cells working because I refuse to allow these bastards to keep raping us into indentured servitude.

    America’s Impending Master Class Dictatorship

    • March 25, 2010 5:19 am

      Hey, don’t worry. I’m ALWAYS up for more links. I love reading more, learning more, and finding more articles. If you run a site; I’d LOVE to do a link trade if you’re interested. It’s almost 2 in the morning here – and I have to work tomorrow (millions on welfare depend on me!) but I’ll read this comment in depth tomorrow..

      But yeah, links, opinions, comments, articles — they’re ALL welcome here at HahaYoureDead.

      Silly name, yes, but I’m as patriotic as the next kid. 🙂

      I’m DangerB. I run this blog. It’s nice to meet you, man. I think you and I have a LOT in common and we’ll get along just fine.

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