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  •  Roberts did exactly what he wanted to do (1+ / 0-)
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    he used the taxing power to uphold the right of the government to use the force of law to compel citizens to pay money to private institutions. That is something that even Rehnquist could not accomplish under Bush (although he did enough by installing Bush in the first place).

    And it opens the door to horrible new laws. For instance, Congress could pass a law demanding that you pay 2% of your yearly income to Goldman Sachs. And according to the Roberts Court, that's perfectly constitutional.

    His vote for the ACA was a vote for the 1%. It happened to coincide with a piece of legislation championed by a Democratic president, but that's just a coincidence. The important thing is, corporations now have more power over American citizens.

    The more time that passes, though, the more people will be getting the subsidies
    The subsidies do not keep pace with medical inflation after 2019. That means the cost of insurance will far outpace the subsidies and we'll be back to where we were before--unaffordable health care. And then, too, Congress could slash the subsidies or eliminate them.

    But even if Congress eliminates the subsidies, you can't cut your losses and get out of the game. You'll still have to buy insurance no matter how expensive it is--either that or pay the penalty, thanks to the individual mandate.

    And then, once enough people realize that they'll save more money paying the penalty than by buying insurance, they'll have to up the penalties. Otherwise the insurance companies won't get enough clients, i.e. victims to fleece. See where this is headed?

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 05:46:09 PM PST

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    •  But the penalties are unenforceable as written in (1+ / 0-)
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      the law. That's the little secret.

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 05:59:38 PM PST

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    •  ..and the whining continues (3+ / 0-)
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      happyshadow, Bethesda 1971, patbahn

      I checked out the ACA website that so many on these blogs claim will cost them a staggering premium each month. The premiums are actually very reasonable.
      A person 61 y/o making $30k/yr will pay $98-210/mo. depending on which plan he wants.
      A family of 3 making $65k/yr will pay $340-515/mo.
      Not bad at all.
      But, the yakkers keep on repeating what they hear rather than checking it out for themselves. I know. You're gonna say it won't work no matter what.
      But, it seems your wanderings cover even more ground than the average republikan. It has moved into the area of paranoia.
      Does your counselor agree with your what-ifs?

    •  Like the salt tax in France shortly before the (0+ / 0-)

      French Revolution?

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