Sorry Mr. Obama - you just can't fool all of the people all of the time!

The mind boggles.  The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not have a universal health care system. US citizens will be subject to massive fines and long jail terms if they do not buy health insurance from private companies.  That's what passes for health care reform in the good old USA circa 2010. The news media is TOTALLY silent and politicians see nothing wrong with it.  If you think I'm kidding, watch this.


The IRS is going to be the one that runs Obama's Health Care Plan. And
the IRS will come after you if you don't have health insurance. There
will be a $4800 fine you will have to pay if you don't get health
insurance. The healthcare bill was passed as a tax bill not a
conventional bill so that there couldn't be a Constitutional challenge
to over turn the bill.

CHECK THIS OUT. Head IRS guy said in public, you wn't get any tax
refund from Gov if you don't pay for an HMO. That's how they're gadging you!

President Obama revealed a great deal about his philosophy of government
and how he defines a tax increase. It turns out the President thinks a
health-care tax is not a tax if he thinks the tax is for your own good.

I was holistic. I was healthy I didn't want an HMO. Now
look at me. NOW I NEED ONE!

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Mr. Obama was asked by host George
Stephanopoulos about the "individual mandate." Under Max Baucus's Senate
bill that Mr. Obama supports, everyone would be required to buy health
insurance or else pay a penalty as high as $3,800 a year. Mr. Stephanopoulos
posed the obvious question about this kind of coercion when "the government
is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don't [buy insurance]. .
. . How is that not a tax?"

"Well, hold on a second, George," Mr. Obama replied. "Here's what's
happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average-our families-in higher
premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I've said is that if you
can't afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn't be punished for that.
That's just piling on. If, on the other hand, we're giving tax credits,
we've set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we've driven down the
costs, we've done everything we can and you actually can afford health
insurance, but you've just decided, you know what, I want to take my
chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the
emergency room care, that's . . ."

"That may be," Mr. Stephanopoulos responded, "but it's still a tax
increase." (NOTE: In fact, uncompensated care accounts for about only 2.2% of
national health spending today, but that's another subject.)

Mr. Obama: "No. That's not true, George. For us to say that you've got
to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax
increase. What it's saying is, is that we're not going to have other people
carrying your burdens for you anymore . . ." In other words, like parents
talking to their children, this levy---don't call it a tax-is for your own

Mr. Stephanopoulos tried again: "But it may be fair, it may be good public

Mr. Obama: "No, but-but, George, you-you can't just make up that language
and decide that that's called a tax increase."

"I don't think I'm making it up," Mr. Stephanopoulos said. He then had the
temerity to challenge the Philologist in Chief, with an assist from
Merriam-Webster. He cited that dictionary's definition of "tax"-"a charge,
usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public

"Watch me pull a non-tax out of my hat!"

Mr. Obama: "George, the fact that you looked up Merriam's Dictionary, the
definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you're stretching a little
bit right now. . . ."

Mr. Stephanopoulos: "I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it
is a tax increase."

Mr. Obama: "My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that
I'm taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can
have a legitimate debate about whether or not we're going to have an
individual mandate or not, but . . ."

Mr. Stephanopoulos: "But you reject that it's a tax increase?"

Mr. Obama: "I absolutely reject that notion."

If you can follow this reasoning, then you probably also think that a new
entitlement is the best way to reduce entitlement spending. The
Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Senate's individual mandate
will result in new revenues of some $20 billion over 10 years because some
people will choose to opt out of ObamaCare-or because they can't afford to
buy in, given that other taxes and regulation will make health care more
expensive. If that $20 billion doesn't count as tax revenue, then what is it?

And for that matter, what doesn't count as a nontax under Mr. Obama's
definition? All taxes can be justified in the name of providing some type of
service, however wasteful. Mr. Obama complains that "My critics say
everything is a tax increase," as if that is his political problem. His real
problem is that the individual mandate really is a tax, but the President
doesn't want voters to think of it that way, because taxes are unpopular.

Appropriate words on the topic:
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims
may be the most oppressive." - C.S. Lewis

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is
a dangerous servant and a fearful master." - George Washington

" .. everything that does not exist in infinite supply is rationed. In a
free society, people are allowed to make their own rationing choices."
Ann Coulter