It is a complex case...that is simple.
Without complicating matters, here are some simple truths:
- It passed without a single Republican voting for it, and 34 Democrats voting against it. Republicans won in a landslide election 7 months later.
One of the simple arguments against, is that the Federal Government can not force a citizen to purchase a product, namely health insurance. This is not a power given to congress in the Constitution.
CSPAN just had on some of the attorneys that will be arguing the case in front of the court. One of the attorneys against the bill said, "If you are sitting in your living room not buying anything - congress can not force you to buy something, you are not engaged in commerce that is between the states."
A lawyer for the Government said, "If you are sitting in your living room, you ARE engaged in commerce that is between the states, because you will eventually get sick and require health care."
That scares me.
The worst of all scenarios - that this bill not be shot down completely for the facts listed above.
Other RANDOMLY PULLED sick facts:
- Impose a $2,000 per employee tax penalty on employers with more than 50 employees who do not offer health insurance to their full-time workers (this is no longer a benefit, its a requirement from the Government)
- Health insurance companies become subject to a new excise tax based on their market share; the rate gradually raises between 2014 and 2018 and thereafter increases at the rate of inflation. The tax is expected to yield up to $14.3 billion in annual revenue (straight out of Atlas Shrugged - why not call this the "Level the Playing Field" clause)
- The qualifying medical expenses deduction for Schedule A tax filings increases from 7.5% to 10% of earned income (if this is the affordable care act - why did they increase the amount needed to qualify for a tax deduction?)