Obama first proposed a "Cadillac tax" on health plans whose benefits were more generous than he, in his dictatorial discretion, could tolerate. This tax was un-American enough in its own right, as well as a breach of his promise not to interfere with patient choice and the quality of health care, because it would use the tax code to encourage uniform coverage and prevent employers and individuals from operating in a free market.
But even this good socialist couldn't apply his principle of equal treatment for the entire proletariat. It seems the other Marxist imperative of glorifying union workers had to trump the principle of equality.
Just outside the reach of C-SPAN's video cameras, Obama agreed to exempt union workers from this Cadillac tax until at least 2018 -- at the estimated cost of $60 billion. What possible justification does he offer for this unjustifiable act? None; he doesn't have to justify himself. He is the flawless post-partisan, post-racial, post-George W. Bush president.
It's a good thing for him that he has exempted himself from scrutiny just as he is exempting unions from his Cadillac tax. For there is no rationale to set unions aside for special beneficial treatment any more than there was for the bribes to Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana -- other than that Obama is in bed with unions and wants to reward them and swell their ranks with our money.
How's he going to make up for that $60 billion shortfall? No problem. Just applying his "common humanity" principle again, he'll extend the 2.9 percent Medicare payroll tax to capital gains, and according to The Washington Times, he'll extract $15 billion more from hospitals and $10 billion more from pharmaceuticals. There must be no rush in the world that compares with transferring billions from certain groups to others with a flick of the presidential pen.
To borrow another word from the Obama vernacular, can you imagine the audacity of this guy's lecturing us about decency, dignity, common humanity and health coverage for the "uninsured," when he has turned this entire health care issue into a poster child for Chicago-style political corruption and payoffs?
Oh, the sweet irony of an overdue comeuppance courtesy of the commonwealth of Massachusetts.