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Obamacare taxation without representation?

Published: July 11, 2012

The rising cost of health care can't be fixed by throwing more insurance money at a money-hungry industry. That's like trying to douse a fire with gasoline. The increased cost to cover pre-existing conditions, the removal of gender adjustments on premiums and other provisions that pander to President Obama's voting base will be passed on to consumers by the insurance companies, increasing the debt burden on a financially challenged population.

More insurance money chasing purposely rationed goods and services is a textbook prescription for inflation. Obamacare naively, if not purposely, fails to address the single most responsible contributor to the cost of health care: the still-unregulated providers. The Supreme Court affirmed Obamacare and, while the president does his end zone dance and Democrats are high-fiving each other, the masses realize Obama's “solution” will contribute to the problem.

Our chief executive has likely given us both inflation and a tax increase. Neither Obama nor the Congress nor the Supreme Court has done America any favors or solved the health care crisis. The fine for eschewing the individual mandate was defined by the Supreme Court as a tax, so Congress' authority to waterboard America with Obamacare has been legitimized. If Obamacare was passed by six-figure legislators who didn't read the 2,000-page law because Nancy Pelosi said they had to pass it to find out what's in it, doesn't that fly perilously close to taxation without representation?

If so, that's the stuff of revolutions!

Joe Putnam, Oklahoma City