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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Circular Logic Never, Ever, Works Out Right

In a not at all uncommon move in government, it seems a very large part of the plan to pay for all the swell new healthcare coverage comes from money that does not exist, may or may not ever exist and has, at the very least, a great chance of not piling up in the amounts they are counting on. The plan is to make healthcare premiums so unaffordable that folks would rather pay the fine than actually get healthcare coverage. Then, this non-existant money will be used to pay the government subsidies for people who cannot afford healthcare coverage on their own.
The health care reform bill awaiting debate in the House assumes millions of workers and employers would rather pay $167 billion in fines than purchase or provide adequate coverage, according to a recent analysis, raising questions about whether the plan does enough to make insurance affordable.

Though the bill is estimated to expand coverage from the current 83 percent to 96 percent of legal U.S. residents, the windfall of projected penalty payments also exposes a potential contradiction in reform. A significant part of the plan to expand coverage relies financially on fines from the uninsured.
Does this seem like an unsolvable math problem? Or a trick? No matter how many times it has been tried and failed, the government never seems to realize circular logic never works. How do you on the one hand demand people get healthcare coverage, then on the other assume they won't and plan that this is how you will pay for the subsidies on the care you demand people get. The fact is government will not get the amount from fines and penalties they are counting on; they will turn once again to wrenching the life and liberty out of the American people to pay for it.

The people in charge right now just don't seem to understand that they can only go to the well of the sweat and blood of the middle class so many times before it will be dry. The era of serfs and lords has long past. There is no way Americans will lay down in the streets, turned into slaves-propping up those who won't on the backs of those who will.

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