Monday, July 22, 2013

A disturbing ObamaTax thought...

"House Republicans received a boost from Democrats on Wednesday during votes to delay ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates ... Twenty-two Democrats joined Republicans in a vote to delay the individual mandate"

This in response to the Obamastration's unilateral suspension of the (Evil) Employer Mandate a few weeks ago. The premise seems to be "if employers are off the hook, why shouldn't individuals be off it, as well?"

Which may well be "fair," but it raises a disturbing point: having looked high and low, I can find no evidence that either side is also proposing a moratorium on the Guaranteed Issue provisions of the ObamaTax.

Now you may be wondering, why is this a big deal, Henry?

Here's why: as of January 1, insurers will no longer be able to decline coverage to unhealthy people. In fact, they must write anyone and everyone who applies, regardless of health status. But if no one is required to "buy in," it seems likely that only the least healthy among us will do so. After all, absent the (evil) individual mandate, healthy folks have no real incentive (other than personal responsibility) to sign up. But "sick" people have ample motivation, and will likely do so in droves, further driving up rates for those already insured, and presumably causing some (many? most?) to drop their increasingly unaffordable coverage.

ObamaTax supporters, of course, consider this a feature, not a bug.
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