Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sticking it to the Man says... the Man?


Recall there was a socio-political set in this country whose battle cry appeared in their voices, t-shirts and bumper stickers and it was: “Keep your laws off my body”. You do remember that don’t you because we sure as hell do.

Well, those folks have completely disappeared or have completely sold out to the establishment they claimed to be set against. Correction to both of those theories: they have become the establishment. How else do you explain the fact that they championed a poorly-concieved, deeply flawed health care law that will, at a minimum, cost a family of 4 or 5, $20,000/year and you cannot choose to opt out of it.

From CNS News:

In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.

Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.

The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.

The examples point to families of four and families of five, both of which the IRS expects in its assumptions to pay a minimum of $20,000 per year for a bronze plan.

“The annual national average bronze plan premium for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children) is $20,000,” the regulation says.

Bronze will be the lowest tier health-insurance plan available under Obamacare--after Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Under the law, the penalty for not buying health insurance is supposed to be capped at either the annual average Bronze premium, 2.5 percent of taxable income, or $2,085.00 per family in 2016.

In the new final rules published Wednesday, IRS set in law the rules for implementing the penalty Americans must pay if they fail to obey Obamacare's mandate to buy insurance.

It is duly noted that the feds still insist in calling it a penalty 7 months after the Supreme Court ruled it a tax. But, hey, penalty... tax... $2,085 is still $2,085 no matter what you call it.

The whole fiasco that is ObamaCare illustrates perfectly how America's counter-culture of the 60s and 70s that was fighting to stick it to the Man has indeed become the Man.

The choosing is of their own choosing.



drozz said...

"The whole fiasco that is ObamaCare illustrates perfectly how America's counter-culture of the 60s and 70s that was fighting to stick it to the Man has indeed become the Man. "

This had occurred to me while watching "Woodstock: the Director's Cut" last night

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