Obama has not only admitted that he will raise taxes in the near future, but he has also revealed his plan to undercut insurance companies for the government’s profit.
Apparently this is what happens when the government allows its congressmen enough time to actually read through the bill at hand during the August recess: people start asking questions. Unfortunately, people still do not realize how blatantly he has expressed his alternative plans.
At a town hall meeting in Montana on August 14th, President Barack Obama was questioned about how he proposes to fund his proposed health care bill. His response is as follows:
“If people who don’t have health insurance are going to get some help, then we’re going to have to find money from somewhere… Let’s say this bill will cost 800 to 900 billion dollars-that’s a lot of money. That’s over ten years, though, so that’s about 80 to 90 billion dollars a year. About two-thirds of it can be obtained by doing some of the things I’ve already mentioned-like eliminating subsidies to insurance companies… That’s real money. I just think I would rather be giving that money to the young lady here who doesn’t have health insurance… than giving it to insurance companies that are making record profits.”
In the case of insurance companies, a subsidy is a monetary grant given by the government to the insurer for the benefit of the general public. In other words, the government currently contributes towards the non-governmental insurance companies.
Let’s start by pointing out the motives Obama has to withhold subsidies from insurance companies.
Obama “guaranteed” in a town hall meeting on July 28 that each American citizen would be able to choose whether he or she prefers to keep his or her current health insurance. Otherwise, they may opt for universal health care. Now, if there is a lesson to be learned here, it’s that the government never plays fair. By taking away money intended for the benefit of the public, the Obama administration is deflating the nation’s insurance companies. Redistributing these subsidies to the nationalized health care plan would seem to favor the other team. As formerly discussed in The Health Care Bill Will Kill Us All”, Obama manipulatively intends to put all private insurance companies out of business by stripping them of financial support and creating (excessive and infinitely-funded) governmental competition.
These are companies, businesses, American-owned industries-not a governmental machine that is unstoppably creating massive amounts of money to fuel its own luxuries. What happened to “We the People”? Do Americans want to keep their jobs? Do they want to circulate money within the economy?
The bottom line is this: at this point, the government as an entity is NOT an American citizen. Its interests are not even geared towards the general good-they are purely personal (in other words, they favor its top leaders). Think of the government as a machine. The vast majority of those working within find it in their best interest to keep the machine running and powerful. As a whole, they are much more authoritative than individually. Thus, what the “machine’s” leader says, goes.
The American people, on the other hand, cannot seem to agree on anything. Platforms and standpoints have come to shape political ideologies, rather than each party shaping itself. Because-in comparison to the massive government the Democrats have created-the citizens as a whole remain so fragmented, the American voice remains muffled. Perhaps this is why we have seen so little revolution against such a propagandist, brainwashing machine. Americans need to stop pointing fingers and start fighting corruption.
So, why does the government want to suppress these insurance companies so badly? Greed, profit, control, socialism… Think about it: Obama is already doing a horrible job with the automobile and energy industries. Now throw in the hole he has deepened in our national debt. Obama and all of his supporters in Congress are not trying to redeem themselves by “improving” Americans’ health care-they just want the power.
A couple head scratches and stutters later in the Montana meeting, Obama asserts the following:
“Even after we eliminate some of the waste that we’ve gotten from those savings within the health care system, that’s only two-thirds. That still means we’ve got to come up with one-third. That’s about 30 billion dollars a year… When I was campaigning, I made a promise that I would not raise your taxes if you made 250 thousand dollars a year or less… But I said that for people like myself who make more than that, there’s nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who get a little bit less.”
How nice of the President. And to think, all this time, we were sure that he was 100 percent socialist! Looks like he’s only 98 percent socialist after all, considering only 2 percent of Americans earn over $250,000 annually. Apparently, it’s up to this minority to fund his new insurance programs. Does anyone else notice the tension between minorities and the U.S. government?
Obama would be included in this affected minority. It must be easy for him to relate when the President of the United States is guaranteed a salary of $180,100 per year after his retirement.
He then gives this example:
“What I’ve said is we could lower the itemized deductions that [the top 2 percent of Americans] could take on [their] income tax returns every year, so that instead of getting 36 percent, 35 percent deductions, [they’ll] just get 28 percent. Like everybody, like people who make less money than [them].”
And the socialist is back. Mr. President, what kind of constitutional values are you promoting here? Certainly not justice or liberty. Nowhere does the Constitution state that one person must be like everyone else-in fact, it promotes distinguishing oneself from others by seeking opportunity and proving dedication. Our Founding Fathers-the same men who wrote the Constitution in order “to secure the Blessings of Liberty”-would be appalled to learn that Americans are slowly being robbed of their freedoms.
In addressing Americans on the topic of proportional taxes, Obama states that “We have to get over the notion that somehow we can have something from nothing, because that’s part of how we got into the deficit and the debt that we’re in.”
This should be a confession of Obama’s poor planning and costly budgeting mistake, but his later comments instead implies that the debt is the fault of former presidents.
As if Obama’s multiple industry bailouts and stimulus packages weren’t a major dent in the deficit? But the infallible President does not acknowledge this issue. Instead, his ignorant constituents continue clapping as he blames the “previous administration” for America’s trillion dollar deficit.
It is not the peoples’ responsibility to take care of the government. Abraham Lincoln’s vision of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” in his 1865 Gettysburg Address suggests that the government is supposed to serve its people, not the other way around.
Obviously, the $239 billion dollars originally called for by this health care bill is not enough-the wealthy citizens who threaten the President’s fiscal power must pay (literally) for working hard and earning money. The government and debt have noticeably expanded during Obama’s 7-month presidency-apparently, America just can’t get enough supersized. Unfortunately, the health care bill is going to cost more than a 4-dollar Big Mac.
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