obama Approves of Health Care Penalties.

obama approves of penalties in the house bill.

obama, “What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don’t, you’re subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there’s a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are — are burdened by because of the fact that people don’t have health insurance, you know, there’s nothing wrong with a penalty.”

They’re many problems with the Pelosi-obama care bill, here are just a few in association with your assertion;

  1. Where in the Constitution does it say government can force you to purchase a product?  The auto insurance argument is flawed, because it only requires you to purchase insurance to operate a vehicle.  You make the choice to purchase and drive a car, it is not mandated that you own a car.
  2. “if you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you”… obama is conveniently leaving out the CBO estimates that the cheapest approved plan in 2016 will cost $15,000+, I think his idea of affordability is much different from the rest of us.
  3. “there’s a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America”, OK I will give you 50% credit for this one, since it is half-true.  The truth is that there is a hidden tax because of insurance.  When people only pay a co-payment at the time of care, they are disconnected with the costs, they end up paying more, they end up getting unnecessary tests, they don’t shop for the best deal on services, medication, or equipment.  This aggregate activity has dramatically driven up the cost of health care.  I pay cash and, I get much better prices, sometimes as much as 80% off.
  4. Speaking of hidden taxes, the cost of implementation is still an unknown, however the CBO and Price-Waterhouse have estimated the cost per working family between, $2,000 and $4,000 annually.  That does not included the costs of buying the insurance as noted earlier.  Mr President, It appears to me, that you are already putting penalty enough on families, without adding fines, and jail time to the equation.

These points, do not even begin to illustrate all of the flaws, in this monstrosity, of political leverage, masquerading as a health care bill.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/11/interview-with-the-president-jail-time-for-those-without-health-care-insurance.html

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