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No, Justice Roberts, It is Not a Tax Increase for the Overwhelming Majority

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Here are two important things to remember as the GOP, with the help of Chief Justice Roberts, try to spin the Affordable Health Care Act into a TAX (already they are at it falsely purporting the largest tax increase in history). No, Justice Roberts, the majority of us will not be taxed for non-compliance with Mandatory health insurance. It’s a tax cut for most of us!  

Indeed, 98% of Americans essentially will get a tax cut because we will no longer be subsidizing free-loaders who willingly do without insurance and overload our emergency care system. Before I go on let me state emphatically that those who cannot afford insurance are not the freeloaders of whom I speak. Indeed, they too will be helped by the Affordable Care Act. In fact, on average, families will get about a $2000 gift in the form of lower federal costs and less pressure on insurance premiums because of the free-loaders.

Most of you know this, but we fail to counter effectively the GOP spin machine. Every time an uninsured person enters the emergency room, the cost of our care goes up because hospitals have to treat the patient. But SOMEONE has to pay for it.  

In the age of for profits when even a not-for-profit keeps the proceeds for greater expansion, land purchases and more, hospitals are not charities. You and I pay in the form of higher taxes (hospitals write off those costs). We pay in higher premiums. Insurance companies are not charities either. Someone has to pay and that someone always is US. The affordable care act rescues us from being the insurer of last resort for every

Equally important, the Affordable Health Care Act will free up emergency rooms to do what they are supposed to do-treat EMERGENCIES.

The Obama campaign has been quick out of the gate with its Truth Team correcting the false claims of a tax increase to most of us. You can help. Tell ten people!

  • Teddy Goodson

    There was a delightful diary recently on DailyKos which made an excellent point. When the author heard another brainwashed whiner ranting about “the greatest tax increase on the middle class” etc., he immediately interrupted, and said, “I like the Affordable Care Act because finally those damned freeloaders are going to have to pay their fair share instead of the rest of us paying higher premiums and hgher taxes to cover their care.” That stoppoed the whiner in her tracks, and they ended up discussing what the HCA actually does.

    Key words: damn freeloader and personal responsibility which he loudly applied to freeloaders who can actually afford to pay for their own insurance but choose not to (“I never get sick”), then end up going to the emergency room for care, which cost is ultimately borne by the rest of us in higher premiums. Republicans just love “personal responsibility,” and despise those “free loaders” (a term that equates to Welfare Queen in their own minds). The complexion of the discussion immediately changes. The trick is out-bellowing the ranters with “damned free loaders,” which wrenches the discussion away from Republican talking points.

    Remember, too, to refer to the so-called tax as a “penalty,” never using the word “tax,” regardless of what Chief Justice Roberts says—- “tax” plays into the Republican framing with all its toxic baggage, and just reinforces the meme. The truth is, very very few people will end uppaying such a epnalty premium, anyway. Youbetcha!

  • Quizzical

    Romney as Gov. of Mass. used to tell a story about his “aha” moment with health care reform, when he realized that we all are already paying for health care for the uninsured, only we are paying for it in the most expensive way possible — ER room visits.

    http://www.newyorker.com/repor