AP: Nearly 4 Million to be Subject to Health Mandate Penalty by 2016
Feel the pinch.
3:16 PM, Apr 22, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
The CBO released an analysis today that estimates 3.9 million Americans, many of them middle class, will be subject to the penalty payment required of those without government-approved insurance by 2016.
Obama famously promised on the campaign trail not to raise any taxes on anyone making under $250,000. To be fair, maybe he's assuming he's not subject to that promise as long as enacts tax hikes that will go into effect on someone else's watch, but somehow methinks the American people will not find that in keeping with the spirit of his campaign. Maybe that's why Obama's been changing the terms of his famous promise recently.
The health-care overhaul is expected to leave 21 million uninsured by 2016, but most of them will be exempt from fees due to income levels or religious exemptions. This is what those who aren't exempt look like:
In other health-care boondoggle news, after creating new mandates for health insurance companies that will necessarily cause insurance rates to go up, Congress now wants to interfere further by preventing the very increases it helped create:
Of course, the entire reason the mandates and insurance rate hikes go into effect before benefits is because Democrats were unwilling to frontload the benefits of their grand experiment, as it would have created a much more honest and bigger CBO score for 10 years of benefits instead of just six. Their gaming of the CBO will cause rates to rise without any subsidies to soften the blow, and now they want to artificially hold prices down so no one's the wiser about the effects of their meddling.
But of course, the answer to problems caused by government intervention is always...more government intervention as we head inexorably toward a system Congress messes up so badly that it simply must just take the entire thing over:
Also, the term "Obamacare" is offensive now, according to Jon Stewart, who apparently disapproves of the idea of naming things after our first black president. Racist.