...Virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible. These are the tactics we should study. If we lose these, we are conquered, fallen indeed...
Patrick Henry (1736-1799) US Founding Father
According to Janet Adamy's coverage in the Wall Street Journal,
The bill requires most Americans to have health insurance by 2013, with fines as much as 2.5% of income if they don't. It would leave 96% of legal U.S. residents with health insurance by 2019, up from 83% today.
Employers that don't offer health insurance face fines equal to 2% of their payroll in companies with minimum annual payrolls of $500,000 a year. The fines increase to 8% of payroll for employers whose annual payroll exceeds $750,000.
Firms with a payroll of less than $500,000 would be exempt.
I'm not certain, but let me work though this. If I had a firm with 20 employees making an average of $50,000 per year each, my payroll would be $1 million per year. If I were offering health insurance, my premiums would be, what about $400-500 per month per employee? If I stopped offering health insurance, my one million dollar payroll would be subject to a tax of $80,000 per year - or $333.33 per month per employee which is probably less than what I'm paying now.
I might well be ahead of the game to turn the process over to the Feds, pay the tax, and get out of the health insurance business.
So, Mr Obama has promised that companies and individuals can keep the health insurance coverage they like. And, as people and employers heat up and say if this crap passes we'll throw you out of office, Obama and gang protests that they won't raise taxes nor force anyone to do that which they do not wish to do!
And when the people say that the Constitution doesn't give them the right or the power to do this?
The socialized medical gang pleads back that this isn't socialized medicine because we're not going to do any such thing as have a government takeover on medicine AND if it happens because private carriers can't compete with the government and everyone has to go with government socialized medical care, the whole gang will cry;
"Drown me! Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please," said Brer Rabbit. "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch."
Right now, we appear dumber than Brer Fox as the caring little bunnies on the left smile like the Chesire Cat.
But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."