Barack Obama is about to accomplish the health care equivalent of parting the Red Sea. According to AP, his new health care plan is going to accomplish what most rational people had heretofore thought impossible: expanding coverage while simultaneously reducing costs:
Obama said putting in place universal health coverage has been debated for decades, but the time has finally come to act. He said his plan could save the average consumer $2,500 a year and bring health care to all.
What a load of BS! Even the â€śprogressive community,â€? a group not well known for its highly developed math skills, should be able to see through this. But Obama provides a hint for those having difficulty doping it out:
Obama conceded that the overall cost of the program would be high, while not providing a specific number.
And how is he going to cover these â€śhighâ€? costs? Hmm â€¦ letâ€™s see â€¦ how do Washington apparatchiks normally pay for the â€śgiftsâ€? they give to the American public? Raise taxes? Yep:
“To help pay for this, we will ask all but the smallest businesses who don’t make a meaningful contribution to the health coverage of their workers to do so to support this plan,” said Obama. “And we also will repeal the temporary Bush tax cut for the wealthiest taxpayers.”
Requiring a business toÂ â€śmake a meaningful contributionâ€? is what people outside of the beltway refer to as a “hidden tax.” What do I mean? Well, when the expenses of businesses go up, they pass the additional costs on to their customers. As for repealing the Bush tax cut, itâ€™s pretty obvious that Obamaâ€™s definition of “wealthiest taxpayersâ€? includes anyone with a job.
Under Obamaâ€™s plan, it is theoretically possible that the average consumer may save some money in health care expenses. Those savings will, however, quickly disappear into the coffers of the tax collector or the bottomless pit of inflation.
Fortunately, it will probably take a miracle for this character to get the Democratic presidential nomination.
I guess I was wrong in my assumption that even “progressives” would be able to see through this charade. Ezra Klein, at TAPPED, couldn’t care less about the conflicting goals of expanding care and reducing costs. His main problem with the plan is that it isn’t heavy-handed enough:
The Obama plan isn’t nearlyÂ so vicious to the employer link as I’d prefer.
More proofÂ that the “universal health care” project is less about medical treatment thanÂ transferring as much power as possible to our masters in Washington.