BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO
OF YORKTOWN NEWS
TITLE: The Unaffordable Health Care Act
The last column I wrote for my previous employer was called Mediscare in which I outlined how unaffordable The Affordable Health Care Act aka Obama Care was. Of course being just a cab driver (actually a company owner), only high school educated, what did I know? Same holds true when I describe our government in Washington (both parties) as the ruling class. In this it was included I was a “grassy knoll” believer in conspiracies. Turns out that as usual I was right, not my critics.
Last week in the Politico was a story that proved both my assertions true. From the story Obamacare? We were just leaving …(http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/obamacare-lawmakers-health-insurance-92691.html?hp=f2) it turns out that The Affordable Care Act is so unaffordable, members of Congress and their aides are quitting because they can’t afford it! So they are in discussions about exempting themselves from it. This even though it is in the legislation that they can”t. It is right there in the Grassley Amendment, which said the government can only offer members of Congress and their staff plans that are ‘created’ in the bill or ‘offered through an exchange’ — unless the bill is amended. Looks like the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right when she said “we are not going to know what is in this till after we vote on it.”
Here is how it works in Washington’s ruling class now. Aides and lawmakers receive their health care under the generous Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. I say generous because you, the tax payer subsidizes 75 percent of the premiums for their health insurance plans. However, under Obama Care,
the law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer what it calls ‘affordable’ coverage or face fines. The definition of ‘affordable’ can mean premiums up to 9.5 percent of an employee’s income.” So roughly, when this law kicks in, 9.5% of what you earn will be going to health care costs. That is if your employer keeps their private coverage. Remember this is after FICA taxes, not in lieu of them. So for the employer it is not 9.5% but 21% with FICA included. Is it any wonder that last week IBM in Dutchess County announced there lay off of 600 employees. Mark my words, more and more of these “big” corporations AND smaller businesses will be laying off workers, or cutting back their hours to avoid this nasty increase in the cost of employment.
Back to the ruling class. Unlike these private sector businesses Congress has the ability to exempt themselves. The current salary for 2013 rank-and-file members of the House, Senate $174,000 a year, AND they say they can’t afford Affordable Health Care! My heart bleeds purple panther pee over their dilemma.
According to the story, it is mostly Democrats (I am not making this up) who are contemplating this exemption. These same damn Democrats who voted for this including the Grassley Amendment, now want out!
Now if one making $174,000 a year says this is unaffordable, how about those making $20,000.00 a year? $30,000.00 a year? How the hell are they going to afford it? They are not! Here is where my conspirital altar ego comes in. This is not by accident, but by design. It was designed to be unaffordable for an increasing number of people so that they panic. Then when they figure out they can’t afford health care they start raising holy hell about that. and the ruling class says, “Don’t worry. we’ll just have single payer. Which was their end game all along. This is the design. This is how it’s all supposed to turn out. Ladies and gentlemen, we are being played. By the way, mark my words, the ruling class will exempt themselves. You on the other hand can go pound salt. This is what I say, what say you?