Economic Moral Asymmetry: Deathcare Edition

The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people. – Congressman John Dingell (D!-MI). (HT: The American Thinker).

I find it just lovely when a member of The Peerage known as The House of Representatives shares his deep inner beliefs about what the role of government in a Representative Democracy truly should be. I’m just sorry that those beliefs so closely mirror the philosophies held near and dear by Chairman Mao Zedong. And in case you question the work ethic and commitment of these people, the effort to control the people is forever ongoing.

The bill passed and signed yesterday is a way station towards the ultimate goal. It is far from the last word on this issue. It would be far from the last word on this issue if the Senate GOP folded like WalMart Lawn Chairs and the reconciliation passed 100-0. This bill will not solve America’s health insurance problem. Instead it will do what its designed to do and make them far worse so that President Obama has moral gravamen to push for a public option or a Single Payer system.

Investors Business daily astutely noted 20 Ways Obamacare Will Take Away Our Freedoms. Item number of one of their detailed list noted the following.

You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)

The IBD expounds further below.

If you are a large employer (defined as at least 50 employees) and you do not want to provide health insurance to your employee, then you will pay a $750 fine per employee (It could be $2,000 to $3,000 under the reconciliation changes). Think you know how to better spend that money? Tough. (Section 1513).

The IBD bemoans the fact that some small businesses will be forced to pay more, and perhaps go under. A marginal firm, with 200 employees, may well find itself insolvent after forking over a $150,000 worth of Obamageld to remain in compliance with the Nurse Ratched State. Assuming this firm goes Tango-Uniform because of the mandate, just how well insured are the chronically unemployed anyhow?

But that issue only describes one side of the whole Obamageld issue – it misses why the provision was put in place to begin with. President Obama doesn’t want these firms to pay $3000 to insure each employee. He would dearly love them to pay $750 per employee instead.

For a hypothetical firm that feels honor-bound to insure all 200 of their workers at $3000 per year, they fork over $600,000 per year. If the Obamageld assuages their conscience by forcing them to pay $150,000 to not insure these people, many hypothetical 200-person small firms will jump at this cost avoidance opportunity.

Absent some creepy, old-fashioned hang-ups about what Jeebus would do, kicking all the employees off of the employer-subsidized health plans is the economically logical choice. In the words of the evil proponents of jingle-mail, these businesses face a moral asymmetry. If the government has wanted their employees insured, the law would have vastly different wording.

There are three parties involved here; Government Healthcare’s political proponents, small business firms and employees who work for these firms. Each has a valid interest. Barack Obama and his political allies want the ongoing healthcare crisis for them to heroically solve at taxpayer expense. The businesses, if they tend towards moral ineptitude, would love to whack their employee health policies and pocket an extra half-mil or so in saved insurance costs. Two out of the three parties benefit from the Obamageld provision and apparently, in Chi-Town, that isn’t bad.

But then our kind and compassionate government turns to these businesses which have paid the Obamageld in compliance with the new law, rather than choosing to insure their workforces. By serving as suckers and voluntarily making themselves the iniquitous poster-children of Evil Business, these firms will have given Barack Obama his propaganda lever to push on in his efforts to totally nationalize healthcare. Then, as the old nursery rhyme goes. “The time has come, my Little Friends, to talk of other things…”

Thus, as John Dingell points out in a moment of brazen honesty, the government steps in to control the people better. This is what the Deathcare bill that passed last Sunday is really all about. Those insurance policies which are about to get torn up in really large numbers, were just a pretext. When the government insures you, they quite literally own your (redacted). And that, quite sadly, has been what its been getting to along.