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Off the Editor’s Desk – 7-1-2015

The Supreme Court has burdened us with the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) with its decision last week cutting down a challenge to the provision of state exchanges. This is the second time that the court has given its approval of the law; both times it was Chief Justice John Roberts who rescued the law.

 The court says Obama Care stipulation that subsidies are to be administrated by the IRS using exchanges established by the state should not be construed to mean what it says. Apparently the court is telling us to read between the lines. Thirty-six states, including Wisconsin, have taken the lead and not established a state exchange. Minnesota spent millions of dollars to get an exchange up and running and the bill to fund the federal website so people could enroll is somewhere around a billion dollars.

George Will who writes a column for the Washington Post spoke of the act and saying “The Damaging doctrine of John Roberts.” Will states that, “The Roberts Doctrine facilitates what has been for a century progressivism’s central objective, the overthrow of the Constitution’s architecture.”

Wills also writes: “The decision also resulted from Chief Roberts’ embrace of the doctrine that courts, owing vast deference to the purpose of the political branches, are obligated to do whatever is required to make a law efficient, regardless of how it is written.”

Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote in his dissent, stated: “Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the government should lose this case. But the normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.”

This bill and other federal laws that have been established are not about what they pretend to be; they are about enhancing the federal coffers. I would think that if the government, in this case the Democratic Party was really interested in seeing that the American People have great health care, it would have encouraged people to become medical doctors, nurses or other health care professionals. But what does it do, it hires many thousands of IRS workers to lay fines on the population that do not comply with the terms of the thousands of pages of this law.

Collecting money for the federal coffers is a way of life in Washington and has been for a very long time. Take Social Security for example, most of us that are getting our monthly retirement under Social Security appreciate it. But remember, this is money that you and your employer paid into the federal system. 6.2% goes to Social Security and 1.45% goes for Medicare, with your employer matching this amount. For every hundred dollars you make, $15.30 is collected by the Feds and it goes into the general fund. That’s on top of what is withheld for income taxes. If President Franklin Roosevelt was really concerned about our retirement that money would have been placed into a separate fund to be use only for funding the Social Security benefits and not into the hand of the politicians in Congress to spend, as they like. Remember that those politicians are exempt from Obama Care and Social Security.

What is going to happened next? I have been told that many insurers are going to seek large increases in premiums next year. This past year we did see an increase in premiums. According to a op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune, many Americans who signed up for health coverage earlier this year have fallen off the rolls because they didn’t pay their premiums. Next year the law provides for a committee of some sort that will determine who will get needed health care. It looks like to me that us old folks on Social Security will be the ones that may be cut off from needed health care. Killing off us old folks by withholding needed health care will keep the Social Security fund solvent.

Thanks for reading!   — Carlton