Prologue: How The Government Created The Problem
This whole crazy nonsense began in the heyday of our own rampant fascist era, FDR’s wage and price controls during WW2. Companies were forbidden to compete for employees by offering higher wages, so some bright Ivy League MBA or other has hit upon employer-paid “fringe benefits” as the lure to get and keep scare employees. I am sure there is some fascinating legislative history why FDR did not immediately put the kibosh on that idea, but the fact is that the IRS agreed benefits are a deductible business expense — and Americans were on the road to total addition to “freebees.”
So what happens when something appears to be free? Demand soon exceeds supply, prices / costs rise, but who cares, somebody else is paying for it….
When government stepped in to rescue the elderly and the poor from the costs of their health care (Medicare and Medicaid), it only accelerated the rise in costs for this “free” benefit. What the heck, all you have to do is send the bill to the government. And as long as you have a job with cost of living adjustments to your pay, who complains if your payroll deductions eat up more and more of your take home pay?
Each “fix” only made the problem worse (duh….), and finally we got obamacare.
ObamaCare Nightmare Comes True – Obamacare – Fox Nation
Peeling back Obamacare
Report: US Could Face Massive Physician Shortage Under Obamacare
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Comprehensive List of Tax Hikes in Obamacare
A Comprehensive List of Obama Tax Increases – Obama Taxes – Fox Nation
Floodgates Open on New Health Regs – NationalJournal.com
Forget any hopes of beating it in court; we lost that one. Forget repealing it in Congress; the Republicans failed to regain the Senate and Obama will veto any such bill anyway. Forget the States refusing to implement it; that is movement is restricted to states with Republican governors and legislatures, subject to demagoguery from the media, Democrats and RINOs. What is an employer to do?
- One Way To Beat Obamacare: Atlas, SHRUG…!
This the “John Galt” solution from Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” You know the story — the system collapses because the PRODUCERS go on strike or drop out and vanish altogether; let the looters, moochers and takers figure out how to pay for all the freebees when there are no more taxpayers. For the details, you can get the book and read it. Oh yea, there is also a three part movie.
2. Second Way To Beat Obamacare: Reduce Your Costs
If the Atlas Shrugged solution is too philosophical or too radical, there is always basic practical economics: reduce your costs.
Step One, freeze hiring.
Step Two, lay off employees.
Of course this is a slippery slope, because when more and more producers are idled, the economy necessarily shrinks and accelerates the trend. The stock market reacts the only way it can be expected to:
‘Cliff’ Fears Give Stocks Worst Week Since June – US Stock Market News – CNBC — this came immediately on the news that Obama was re-elected.
Step Three: Lay off more and more full time employees, convert as many full time employees to part time as you can, until you get below the head count above which by law you MUST provide “benefits.”
Step Four: Government steps in and changes the laws and regulations to outlaw part time employment or require that employers offer benefits to all employees, even if they work a single hour per week. Of course this is economically absurd and no one will keep or hire employees if this happens, and you can expect even Democrats to finally show some sense, but who knows. We can only hope. Or not.
The final step is when the whole concept of “employee” no longer exists, having been made obsolete by stupid regulations and the market’s only rational reactions to them: every worker is an independent contractor. You make a deal and get paid if and when you fulfill the contract. You manage your money as you see fit, carry your own health savings account or health insurance, pay your own out-of-pocket costs. Individual Worker / Independent Contractor, Inc., the ultimate in freedom and responsibility for your own needs — The American Way.
It will even lead to enormously reduced costs to all participants, because a job contract is infinitesimally small compared with the amount of paperwork the company and the newly hired employee have to fill out nowadays to be in compliance with regulations. Plus, there will be no more need for all the useless government paper pushers to write and enforce them. And the good thing is, there is nothing the government can do about it, because as long as we still have the Constitution, even though they have already taken away the freedom of association or the right to refuse entering into contracts you don’t care for, they still can’t actually force you to work.
3. Third Way To Beat Obamacare: Convert To Islam
But first, it is time for a refresher course on dhimmitude.
The word “dhimmitude” is found on page 107 of the Affordable Care Act (obamacare). It is the muslim system of controlling non-muslim populations conquered through invasion or jihad (holy war). Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.
Obamacare enables the establishment of dhimmitude and sharia suslim diktat in the United States . Muslims are specifically exempted from the obamacare mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured, because islam considers insurance to be “gambling,” “risk-taking,” and “usury” and is thus banned.
How convenient. So I, as a Christian or Jew or whatever, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivable, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health insurance needs paid for by the de facto government medical insurance program. Non-muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize muslims.
Well, the problem goes away if we are all muslims. Long live the world wide caliphate. Screw the Democrats and their obamacare. We can always fake it and convert back after this garbage rots away.
Conclusion: See, obamacare will indeed lead to “fundamental transformation,” but NOT as Obama had hoped. And some of you thought I am a pessimist. Who is John Galt?