In previous articles, I noted that Rob Woodall and Liz Carter were the best choices to represent Georgia’s 7th and 4th Congressional Distircts. Undoubtedly, my preferences were influenced by my preference for a government that is fiscally conservative, and favors less, rather than more regulation and interference with citizens. With the election of Rob Woodall, voters in the 7th district indicated agreement with that preference; the re-election of Hank Johnson in the 4th District (which is largely DeKalb County, with a relatively small portion of Gwinnett) indicates a preference for the opposite. Those voters don’t realize how expensive that preference will become.
Health care reform is just one example. Obama and Congressional Democrats have praised the legislation for bringing affordable health insurance to millions of Americans who currently can’t afford it. On the surface, that sounds supremely noble. In fact, the legislation has little to do with health care and a lot to do with income redistribution. Democrats have “sold” the program as a means of having extremely wealthy Americans subsidize the costs for people who are struggling to make ends meet. It will do that, but it will also require the participation of not-so-wealthy Americans. That was part of the plan to begin with, and the issuance of waivers, which allow companies to “opt out” of Obamacare assures that virtually every tax-paying citizen will feel the pain.
According to Finance Examiner Kenneth Schortgen, Jr, waivers have already been given to 111 companies. He also reports that labor unions are, “one of the largest entities given a waiver”. Apparently, what’s “good” for companies and independent workers is too expensive for labor unions. Mr. Schortgen also notes, “For most small businesses, you will be incurring the new taxes, fees, and programs that will add thousands to your bottom line, and in more than a few cases, might cause a small business to close their doors.” For the full article Click Here
Unless significant parts of Obamacare are repealed, Gwinnett County residents can look forward to increased health insurance costs, and the very real possibility that their favorite local restaurant or retail store will be gone in the near future.
If you think that’s a small price to pay for the expanded availability of “affordable” health insurance, check with the owner of the businesses that are put out of business by this program. You might also check with the people who lost their jobs when their employers closed their doors. You should get to know them fairly well. After all, you’re now paying at least part of their salary.