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Obamacare Dying Onstage, But the Tax Lives on

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 06:49 AM

By Denis Kleinfeld

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It appears that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was right after all. In deciding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, he noted that while the mandates to buy health insurance are unconstitutional, the tax to pay for it all is not.

The political fighting between Democrats and Republicans on supporting or defunding Obamacare has been fierce since that Supreme Court decision. The consequence being that partisan journalists had a field day pontificating their personal point of view as if it were news. Television talking heads saw their ratings going up, meanwhile the advertising dollars flowed in. To the information industry, Obamacare looked like a pretty good deal.

The political fight made sure that as the 2014 election cycle starts its pregame warm-up drives for campaign contributions — each side could make fevered pitches about how they need to "save" the American people from whatever evils the other side was proposing.

Then the cracks in Obamacare start showing up. First, some adjustments by regulations, then fixed dates required by the law somehow got moved. And exemptions that were heretofore unknown started to be granted, then one of the critical mandates reviewed by Roberts got pushed off. I guess it wasn't all that important.

The bombshell got dropped. This story told over and over again about how you can keep your doctor and you can keep your insurance plan, period, was not so period. In fact it was not so at all.

The American people were lied to. And the president's poll numbers for being trustworthy or believable and such things took a nosedive. I mean heading down to Nixonian levels.

Then boom. The individual mandate was shucked aside for some. Obviously, it must not be as critical to Obamacare as they said. I guess they were just kidding around.

Obamacare hit the national stage as the biggest Act in the history of the United States. A cast of 300 million people and directed by the professionals who gave us such other memorable hits as Politicizing the IRS, Benghazi-The Video, Cronyism Green, Inequality at $35,000 a Plate, Arab Spring, The Spies Who Are in From the Cold and Debt before Dishonor, to name a few.

When the curtain went up, Obamacare was merely a performance like a bad comedy act at New York's National Comedy Theatre or Chicago's Second City. Maybe it was supposed to be a tragedy? Who knows? Of the few who got into the audience, none got to see the performance.

However, in this staged show the taxpayers are going to be paying through the nose for the tickets.

On Jan. 1, the Obamacare tax show goes on big time. No improvisation here. This is a well-rehearsed farce that Washington knows how to put on.

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