Black Friday marks the official start of Christmas shopping season. Unfortunately, there’s always that one present under the tree you wish you hadn’t received. The ugly sweater from Aunt Bertha that itches. The gym membership implying that Santa thinks you’re fat (talk about the pot calling the kettle black). And then, under every American’s tree this year, is the gift that keeps on giving, from the taker who keeps on taking: The President’s present of Obamacare.
On the first day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Higher medical costs. The biggest reason for the rise in the price of modern health care is the cost of modern medicine, including medical devices like MRI machines that can cost over a million dollars. Obamacare, in its infinite wisdom, puts a special tax on medical devices. It’s a cost that will undoubtedly be passed on to the consumer. Thanks, Obama!
On the second day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: A more powerful Internal Revenue Service. Everyone’s favorite government workers are the tax collectors – as popular now as they were in Biblical times – and so we can be grateful this Christmas that Obama put them in charge of much of Obamacare. My fellow conservatives can sleep easy knowing that the IRS has at least never played politics with its power.
On the third day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Less take-home pay. Maybe you live paycheck to paycheck. Maybe paying your bills depends on every hour’s wage and every tip from every customer at your diner. Well, get ready to see your hours cut when the employer mandate goes into effect, because Obamacare makes employers buy expensive health insurance for employees who work more than 30 hours per week. When your boss schedules you for 29 hours of work, thank a Democrat.
On the fourth day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: A pink slip. Obamacare makes employers buy workers’ insurance when they employ 50 or more people. If you’re worker #49, congratulations: You still have a job. If you’re worker #50, good luck on the job market.
On the fifth day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Less religious freedom. The First Amendment guarantees us the “free exercise” of religion. For over two hundred years, that has more or less meant freedom from a bureaucrat making you violate your religious principles, but next year, the Supreme Court will decide whether Obamacare can make employers pay for birth control their religion forbids. There’s a chance the Supreme Court will protect Americans from this violation of religious freedom – but don’t bet the farm on it. The Court’s track record on Obamacare isn’t anything to celebrate.