September 9, 2017

TAX WHAT YOU DON'T WANT:

Why are Republicans working to bail out ObamaCare and raise taxes? (Ned Ryun, September 08, 2017 Fox News)

In the wake of their faux attempt to repeal ObamaCare, many Establishment Republicans have embraced ObamaCare's so-called cost-sharing subsidies. Commonly known as CRSs, these subsidies are payments the federal government makes to insurers to help offset the high costs of ObamaCare customers.

It's clear Republicans were never serious about ObamaCare repeal and now they are in fact actively working to support some of the very worst parts of ObamaCare.

Just a few years ago, House Republicans actually sued the Obama administration over CSRs, arguing, correctly, that the payments were unconstitutional because they had never been authorized by Congress. Permanent authorization of CSRs is now the top health care priority for Congressional Democrats.

Let's be honest about what these "CSRs" are. These are taxpayer-funded payments that go directly from the federal government to insurance companies that sell ObamaCare policies. You can call them whatever you like; corporate welfare, crony capitalism, but these are unconstitutional bailouts specifically designed to prop up ObamaCare and mask its true cost.

But wait: it gets worse. Much worse. Not only are Establishment Republicans poised to bail out ObamaCare, they are simultaneously going to allow the return of two suspended ObamaCare taxes. In other words, they are going to let taxes go up on their watch.

The device tax should be stiffer.

Posted by at September 9, 2017 11:48 AM

  

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