Sharing the Cost of Obamacare

Denver Post columnist and Nanny State author David Harsanyi has a great idea. “If government-run care holds such wondrous possibilities for the nation, why don’t we all “invest” in this magical cure? Why only the rich?”

Obama and the Democrats want to soak the rich to pay for health care. Its part of Obama’s “distribute the wealth” philosophy. So unless we’re going to stage George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” where some pigs are more equal than other pigs, shouldn’t we also “distribute the responsibility?”

The Democrat Party is a heterogeneous faction comprised primarily of special interest groups each seeking their own special entitlements, often to the detriment of one another. To bring a disparate group like this together requires unifying agents. Common hatred unites the heterogeneous elements and the Democrats have two such evils – the “rich” and George Bush. If Bush had not existed, Democrats would have had to invent him.

Hitler used anti-Semitism as the evil to unify the German nation in a common hatred. Democrats use the “rich” in the same manner. Dismissing the inconvenient fact that none of us ever got a job from a poor person, Democrats portray the rich as “an eternal tool of Satan.” We have been told the wealthy “normally attain their largesse via human misery, corporate plundering and the raping of the environment, but they also tend to be smart. They tend to calculate their taxes and make up any losses by investing less, opening fewer businesses, hiring fewer people and spending less money.”

“Tap a typical democratic member of the House of Representatives on the knee with a rubber hammer and he or she will say: “Tax the rich!” said George Will. Last week Democrats decided to solve the problem of finding $1 trillion for health care by increasing taxes on the 1.4 percent of taxpayers who already pay over 45 percent of the income taxes.

In the United States, the top 20 percent of income earners pay 70 percent of all federal taxes. At the same time, 40 percent of Americans do not pay any federal taxes. Therein lays the problem. With half the nation paying little to no federal taxes, Obama’s utopian health care plan carries no risk. Let the “rich” pay for their health care. Unfortunately for the non-tax payers, this idea is contradictory to Obama’s oratory of “shared sacrifice.”

“But if Americans truly have fallen in love with the idea of expansive federal government, so be it. Let’s all start chipping in to pay for the costs associated with Hope,” says Harsanyi.

As Joseph Thorndike, a historian with the Tax History Project, explained to USA Today recently, a broadening of the tax base would be healthy for the nation. “If you ask people to pay something then they have an ownership stake in it,” Thorndike said. “The narrow, soak-the-rich approach is real short-sighted politics.”

So if the Obama and the Democrats will rewrite their health care proposal so that everyone chips in and everyone has a stake in its success, I’m all for it…all for it with just a few additional caveats:

  • Congress and the Administration must give up their current blue-ribbon health care plan and enroll in Obamacare.
  • All federal, state and local government employees must also give up their current health care plans to be replaced with Obamacare.
  • All union workers including labor union leaders are also required to drop their current health care packages and sign up for Obamacare.
  • All retired union workers must also relinquish their generous medical care plans and enroll in the new Obamacare program.
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