Thursday, July 09, 2009

Predictable pandering and posturing on Obamacare

How to pay for the abominable Obamacare: A surcharge on the rich, a surcharge on business (mostly small business), and a reduction of Medicare expenses across the board.


"As discussed in the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, the surtax would apply to individuals with adjusted gross income of more than $200,000 and couples over $250,000, according to officials involved in the discussion. Most spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

In addition, key lawmakers are expected to call for a tax or fee equal to a percentage of a worker's salary on employers who do not offer health benefits.

Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., has said his committee needs to come up with $600 billion in new taxes to deliver on President Barack Obama's goal of sweeping changes to the nation's health care system to bring down costs and cover the 50 million uninsured. Hundreds of billions of dollars more would come from cuts to Medicare and Medicaid to pay for legislation expected to cost around $1 trillion over 10 years."

Why am I not surprised?

The "rich" and small businesses are easy targets for the "progressives' "pandering to their special interest groups.

Who wants to defend those "evil" rich people, who made it on the backs of the "oppressed"? And small business doesn't have the juice or the jive to defend itself, like corporate America does. Plus, the oldsters just need to deal with the fact that they're going to be required to turn themselves over to the Sleepshop gang for recycling at the Soylent Green factories when they reach the designated age.

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