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Relax! It’s not likely that you’ll have to pay ObamaCare tax!

In the wake of yesterday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are running around telling everyone that they’ll have to pay a new and onerous tax imposed by President Obama and those terrible Democrats.

But it’s all baloney.

As we see HERE, only one in 50 Americans –at the most– will have to pay any penalty for not buying health insurance. 

 

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  1. Neftali

    The real issue is the precedent that has now been established. Justice Kennedy’s dissent may have originally been written as majority opinion.

    As Justice Anthony Kennedy said in summarizing his four-justice dissent, “Structure means liberty.” If Congress can avoid the Constitution’s structural limits simply by “taxing” anything it doesn’t like, its power is no more limited than it would be had it done so under the Commerce Clause.

    “The values that should have determined our course today are caution, minimalism, and the understanding that the federal government is one of limited powers,” Kennedy said. “But the court’s ruling undermines those values at every turn. In the name of restraint, it overreaches. In the name of constitutional avoidance, it creates new constitutional questions. In the name of cooperative federalism, it undermines state sovereignty.”

    Equally curious is that the majority said the mandate functions as a tax — a position that no lower court accepted, even the left wing ones.

  2. expdoc

    Yeah, that’s right, healthcare is going to be free for everyone.

    You can have as much as you want, whenever you want and it won’t cost you a dime.

    Even if you don’t pay a “tax”, by mandating what insurance plans must cover for everybody, everybody will have to pay more to get that expanded coverage whether or not they need the services that are offered.

  3. expdoc

    I am very relaxed now that I know I have infinite job security. Remember when I posted at the time the ACA was instituted that you if you have a physician/provider you like, you better do your best to hold on to them?

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/29/health/doctor-shortage-affordable-care-act/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

    A physician shortage in the U.S. was expected even before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Now the group estimates that there will be a shortage of 63,000 doctors by 2015 and 130,600 by 2025.

    The shortage is a result of several factors. A large number of medical professionals are reaching retirement age, as is a large group of patients: Nearly 15 million will become eligible for Medicare in the coming years, the Association of American Medical Colleges reports.

    On top of that, there is a lack of residency spots available for students graduating from medical school. In 2011, more than 7,000 were left with degrees that said “M.D.” but no place to continue their education, according to the National Residency Matching Program.

    Many residency spots are funded by Medicare, and there’s a cap on the number a hospital can claim each year. That number, about 100,000, has remained steady since 1997. While the Affordable Care Act will redistribute some unused residency slots and increase funding for the National Health Service Corps, more needs to be done, advocates say.

    “There will be real physician shortages if we don’t do more to lift the residency cap,” said Dr. Atul Grover, the Association of American Medical Colleges’ chief advocacy officer, in a statement. “People on both sides of the aisle have realized the need to train more doctors.”

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