In addition to creating a costly new entitlement that America cannot afford, it seems President Obama’s health care bill will also make it more expensive than ever for families to purchase insurance.
Under the new law, individual workers are eligible for federal subsidies if the premiums for a health plan offered by their employer total more than 9.5 percent of their income. But, strangely, there is no subsidy provision for plans that also cover spouses and children.
Americans’ rights are under attack by their government from every direction these days, and not even the Constitution seems able to offer much protection.
Beyond the ongoing invasion of travelers’ personal privacy by TSA agents at airports, train stations, and bus terminals nationwide, the FBI recently made it easier for agents to illegally spy on ordinary Americans without a warrant.
It is ironic that the mainstream media should pay so much attention to the implosion of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid News of the World, when a far more important snooping scandal was revealed (and mostly ignored) last month right here in America.
Three months after Media Matters’ president David Brock formally declared “a war on Fox [News],” Politico has noted that the organization may be getting a taste of its own medicine. The Soros-funded Media Matters now must defend itself against charges by Fox News that its activities directly engage in politics and as such are inconsistent with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
A major part of President Obama’s sales pitch for his signature health care bill was the claim that those Americans who currently have health insurance would be able to keep it. Now it seems that’s unlikely to be the case.
Starting in 2014, the new law will impose various mandates and additional costs on employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) that are likely to make health benefit plans uneconomical for many businesses.