Thursday, October 07, 2010

How about we just waive ObamaCare for everyone?

Wow, we didn't see this one coming. /sarc. Now that the Obama administration is figuring out that enforcing the mandates of ObamaCare will upend American businesses and the American economy like a stranded swimmer bitten in half by a shark, they are starting to roll out the waivers for companies like McDonalds, who have made it clear that if they have to follow the ObamaCare law to the letter, then more people will lose their health insurance. Funny, I thought ObamaCare was going to enable more people to get or keep their health insurance.

The problem is that once out come waivers, then out come the favors. Companies are treated differently, the law is not applied equally, and the ObamaCare law, which was already an unworkable leviathan, becomes an even more tangled mess that only thousands of more taxpayer-funded bureaucrats can attempt to unravel (but only make worse).

Of course, this is what happens when the federal government once again sticks its power-hungry snout where it doesn't belong and tells private businesses how they should run. In this case, it's very simple: If you tell insurance companies that they have to cover certain people - such as children with preexisting conditions - then the insurance companies will just drop their coverage options for children. That goes for any group of people. Companies aren't stupid; they will just drop the option rather than let it break the company.

This reminds me of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The ADA was supposed to help stop discrimination against people with handicaps. One of the ways ADA was to do that was to make it much more difficult for an employer to fire a handicapped person. Well, that's an easy fix: Employers became much more reluctant to hire people with handicaps in the first place. If you were a person with a handicap, it was now much more difficult to find a job... thanks to the "help" of the federal government.

Then there's the minimum wage, which did the same thing for people with minimal job skills. Employers who would have taken a chance on prospective employees with few marketable skills now often pass these people up because the employer is unwilling or unable to pay what the worker isn't worth. If a worker is capable of producing only $4.00 worth of goods and services in an hour, why in the world would an employer want to pay that worker $5.15, or whatever the federal minimum wage is nowadays?

ObamaCare is just the latest example of government thinking it can just dump all kinds of arbitrary mandates on private business, and then expect the hiring and spending behavior of these businesses to remain exactly the same as before. I am constantly amused by these many Congresscritters who have never run a business in their lives, let alone an insurance company, yet they pass these laws and act like they know better than the business owner how the business should be run.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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