, Salem, MA


April 3, 2014

Column: Is Obamacare failure through incompetence, or by design?


Here’s a health insurance story I wouldn’t want anyone to miss. It seems that Matt Drudge, of “The Drudge Report,” tweeted “Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not ‘getting covered’... I’M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX.” The White House media charged him with lying, because everyone knows the individual mandate has been delayed until 2015! Hah! Gotcha!

Well, umm, yes, if you are an individual taxpayer. If you are a small business like Drudge’s, you started to pay your quarterly taxes for 2015 last month. It would be startling to learn that the Obama administration has no clue about national tax policy that relates to businesses, if we didn’t already know that it has no clue about actually running a business. Remember Obama’s amazement as Obamacare started to fall apart: “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.”

It’s also complicated to run an insurance company and keep your clients covered when the president unilaterally — and unconstitutionally — keeps impulsively changing the law that was passed by Congress.

It seems clear that the real goal of Obamacare is to eventually have a single-payer government healthcare system, with no competition and no control by the insured. But while some argue that to this end, Obamacare was always meant to fail, driving frustrated consumers into asking the government to take over, I can’t believe that the president really wanted to look this incompetent; nobody would.

Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.

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