In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the so-called Affordable Care Act, so much for President Obama's promise not to raise taxes by one dime on anyone making less than $250,000 per year! Supreme Court justices didn't just dream up the idea to call the penalty for not purchasing health care insurance a tax. The Obama administration had to have a role in making this argument. The bill also includes several other new taxes, many of which will hit taxpayers of all incomes, directly or indirectly, as pass-through costs. Also, there are provisions in this 2,400-plus-page bill to add several thousand new Internal Revenue Service auditors to enforce collection of these new taxes.
All this considered, it doesn't make any difference what you call this collection of taxpayer funds. The real problem was and remains the federal government mandating that all people in all states, by law, are required to buy health care insurance. This would be like Congress mandating that all vehicle owners must purchase contracts to cover all their vehicle maintenance and repair cost.
I'm surprised that Obama hasn't blamed this new tax on George W. Bush, since Bush appointed Chief Justice John Roberts to the court. We need to remember the federal government can't give anything to anyone without first taking it from the taxpayers.
This administration continues to show us that they're the same old tax-and-spend Democrats, even to a greater degree!
Tom Miller, Oklahoma City
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