Obamacare: Socialism on the March

larryhuss Obamacare:  Socialism on the March

Right From the Start

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). On Friday, the Wall Street Journal was replete with stories which confirm that Obamacare is the largest step towards European style socialism ever incurred in our nation’s history. People will talk about the introduction of Social Security, The Great Society, Medicare, Medicaid and other such programs as the harbinger of socialism in America but they are wrong.

There is a difference between a welfare state and socialism. The former is a means by which income is redistributed, the latter is means by which government controls business enterprises. Traditionally, socialism has envisioned government ownership of the means of production and distribution, but during the latter half of the Twentieth Century, the definition changed to connote instances where the government by a series of taxes, regulations and financing patterns effectively controlled the means of production and distribution without actual owners – European style socialism.

The lead Obamacare article in Friday’s Journal by Louise Radnofsky and Christopher Weaver contained the following highlights:

Employers, insurers, hospitals, drug makers and others are angling for advantage as the government writes the regulations and sets the policies that will bring [Obamacare] to life.

Hospital owners want the government to reduce the $155 Billion in health-care payment cuts they agreed to during negotiations over the law. Makers of medical devices hope to roll back a 2.3% tax on their sales contained in the measure. Drug makers are aiming at a provision that could squeeze how much Medicare pays for medicine.”

The 2,700 page healthcare bill has spawned tens of thousands of pages of proposed rules, regulations and forms. Application of specific provisions of the bills are at the whim and caprice of President Barack Obama’s administration and have resulted in over twenty-seven states being granted waivers and over 1,200 individual waivers mostly to labor unions.The focus of healthcare is no longer on the customer, rather it is on the government. Competitive advantage for medical providers (doctors, hospitals, and clinics) are found not in catering to the requirements of their customers, but rather by catering to the government administration in power.

Government welfare has created a dependency on government with the resultant voter loyalty to those who promote more spending, and voter antipathy towards those who supporters say will reduce payments. Similarly, overwhelming government control of the health-care industry will produce the same measure of loyalty from providers who gain favor by government fiat, or avoid penalties by government waivers. The pharmaceutical companies have already demonstrated how to play the game by winning billions in concessions during the drafting of Obamacare in exchange for their support. But the pharmaceutical companies, having thrown the rest of the health-care industry under the bus, now has no allies and they too will suffer the consequences of governmental caprice in the near future.

While the proponents of Obamacare have promoted it as beneficial to the consumers, in fact, it is primarily beneficial to government that now controls nearly sixteen percent of the Gross Domestic Product and nearly $7,000 per capita of spending.

If you don’t think that constitutes a giant step towards socialism, you lack an understanding of the difference between socialism and free enterprise.

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  • guest

    Even before the Cold War Cuban missile crisis, there were ‘social studies’ predicting free enterprise USA and communist USSR modifying their political structuring toward govt ‘mangled’ socialism.“`Voila, ‘peering today another taxing situation – and next vex step-in-progress may well be a sworn-on-bible New World Order existentially fraught with gnu management. Gan bay, folks!
    ~
    “We
    are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system
    for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries,
    with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and
    property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are
    determined to destroy this system under all conditions.” – Adolph Hitler

  • TEXAN

    Admit it…you the White male are afraid of “knowingly being Forced” to share the Wealth…and it Frightens you more than anything…you have been taking since slavery, and not giving back to the 99%…GREED…now your world is turning upside down and yet you still try to point everything at everybody else, knowing Occupy Wall Street is Exposing YOU daily…to the 99%…Stay the idiot you Truly are, trying to play the same OLD game of Treat n Trick…Foreigners have known your play all along but now the American People are waking up too…Overwhelming hunh!!!!And to know a Black President is heading the Spear to your Heart is…daunting…call him what you want…Socialist…change has come…FORWARD….

    • WakeUpAmerica

      Let me guess… You get all of your information from the MASS MEDIA. And also I might add that you don’t like working for your worth or getting what you earn. By the way I love your “Spear to your Heart” Comment you communist. You are saying that you want to kill all successful people? And also you saying “you are the White Male” is being predjudice and in essence Racist. YOu basically contradicted yourself congratulations you are ignorant and have no authority to speak about this matter.

  • DavidAppell

    When Republicans are ready to talk about their own huge subsidies — $131 B/yr for home mortgages, $177 B/yr for business health benefits, who knows how much in favorable tax treatment for retirement accounts, the massive bailout of banks and Wall Street firms — then I’m ready to listen to whines about “socialism.” Wake me up.

    • Rupert in Springfield

      David – You are still making the same mistake. Employees get the deduction on health care, not business. You start taxing health benefits, that’s the employee who pays them, makes no difference to the business at all.

      You want to try taxing health benefits employees receive? Good luck with that one.

      I can’t believe you are making this same mistake over and over. Do you have any familiarity at all with the tax code?

      • DavidAppell

        Employees do not “deduct” health benefits from their tax forms — employers do.

        But this isn’t about what you call them, it’s about who benefits. I don’t necessarily want to tax health benefits. I want employers, employees, and Republicans to recognize and admit that lots of them are already getting large subsidies from the government — an average of $1,250 per employee per year in 2011 — or, as Larry Huss writes, “socialism.”

        • Rupert in Springfield

          > I want employers, employees, and Republicans to recognize and admit
          that lots of them are already getting large subsidies from the
          government

          The fact that something is not taxed that you think should be is not anymore a subsidy than someone who lives, that I think should be dead, is the creation of life.

          Let’s face it, this is twice now where you couldn’t get straight who the benefit accrues to. You just can’t stand that someone somewhere is getting some tax benefit that you don’t get.

          • DavidAppell

            Choosing what to tax and what not to tax is one of the significant powers of government has — of course it’s a subsidy. And a large ($177 B/yr), unlimited one, that skews the marketplace and inflates costs.

            First cast out the beam out of thine own eye

          • Jack Roberts

            This is nonsense. Employers get to deduct the compensation they pay their employees as an “ordinary and necessary business expense.” Employees are taxed on those same benefits as income. The primary exceptions are health insurance premiums and employer contributions to a qualified retirement plan.

            Neither of these exclusions from income provide any pecuniary benefit to the employer. The tax savings accrues exclusively to the employee. Consequently, eliminating this favorable tax treatment for employer-paid health insurance will raise taxes on workers, not business.

          • JackRoberts

            This is nonsense. Employers get to deduct the compensation they pay their employees as an “ordinary and necessary business expense.” Employees are taxed on those same benefits as income. The primary exceptions are health insurance premiums and employer contributions to a qualified retirement plan.

            Neither of these exclusions from income provide any pecuniary benefit to the employer. The tax savings accrues exclusively to the employee. Consequently, eliminating this favorable tax treatment for employer-paid health insurance will raise taxes on workers, not business.

    • quest

      DAzzzzinski, You’re all snookered up because believe you are a left bling bong.

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