The ObamaCare Disclosures Part 1

This is the first of a series of reports.  Recently the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a government agency headed by an Obama Appointee published a review disclosing some of the discrepancies between ObamaCare hype and grim reality.

Here’s a quote, directly from the CMS review, dealing with just one of the numerous deceptions within the new health care law:

The Reconciliation Act amendments introduced a new 3.8-percent “unearned income medicare contribution” on income from interest, dividends, annuities and other non-earnings sources for individual taxpayers with incomes above $200,000 and couples filing joint returns with incomes above $250,000.  Despite the title of this tax, this provision is unrelated to Medicare; in particular, the revenues generated by the tax on unearned income are not allocated to the Medicare trust funds.

The political-media establishment often responds to citizen distrust of powerful bureaucracies by citing Medicare as a “popular” example of the wonders of Big Government.  This is a semi-effective emotional appeal because Medicare has been in business, pumping out unchallenged propaganda for so many decades it seems to many, perhaps most Americans, to be an embedded necessity, and core function of government.  Americans have pre-paid for Medicare during their entire working lives, making it impossible to phase it out of existence without denying millions of people part or all of the health care they have been promised in exchange for their tax dollars.

Thus, in the hope of muting opposition the authors of ObamaCare slapped the Medicare label on a new tax that will partially offset the annual cost of myriad new bureaucracies, new programs, and new subsidies, all unrelated to Medicare.

If ObamaCare is such a wonderful idea, if America will be so grateful to the President adn the Democrats for forcing it through Congress, why the deception in labeling? Why not call the new tax what it is?

1 Comment so far

  1. Drew on April 28th, 2010

    “unearned income medicare contribution”

    I will be brief: soak the rich.