The tax code is so big that politicians can’t even agree on how long it is. Title 26, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code totals to about 3,400,000 million words. The non-partisan Tax Foundation reports that the entire tax code with regulations in 2005 was over 9,097,000 words. To put that in perspective, the Bible has 774,746 words. The code has grown in length between 1995 and 2005 by 18.9 percent. The directions for filing a typical form 1040 totals 161 pages. The “EZ” version is 41 pages.
Sometime when you’re near a public library, or a university or college library, stroll over to the government documents section and look at the Internal Revenue Code (assuming they haven’t gone electronic and still have a printed version on the shelves). I think you’ll be astonished at how large and complex the IRS code is, even for the simplest of tax issues. Of course, it is about to get larger.
Now along comes ObamaCare. And with it comes a cancer on American society that will suck the blood out of the private sector unlike anything beforehand. This law will metastasize to the point that it will consume so much time, energy and effort that our healthcare system will look like Great Britain’s and Americans will suddenly be asking, how did we get to this point?
Consider what’s happening in the UK today. According to one article the National Health Service (NHS) staff drive a fleet of taxpayer-funded luxury cars. An NHS quango has provided its staff with a £1 million fleet of luxury cars, including a BMW convertible, an Audi TT and three Range Rover Evoques. Yes, bureaucrats for the NHS in Great Britain get luxury automobiles at taxpayer expense.
I had to look up the word “quango” and I’m glad to report it is a word that many of us in the United States had better learn. A quango is a British noun, primarily derogatory, and is a semipublic administrative body outside the civil service but receiving financial support from the government, which makes senior appointments to it. It is an acronym made from quasi (or quasi-autonomous) nongovernment(al) organizations. I think we’re soon to have many more quangos in the U.S.
The NHS is a precursor of what ObamaCare will be like once it is fully implemented, and a few short years from now when it will be morphed into a single payor system. For example, earlier this year, a report by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) found that 57 percent of NHS primary care trusts restrict access to cataract surgery by implementing arbitrary limits on eligibility. And there have been reports of many trusts rationing procedures such as knee replacement operations and hernia repairs.
But why should we assume that ObamaCare will end up like the NHS?
The IRS, Health and Human Services and many other agencies will now write thousands of pages of regulations — an effort well under way: “There’s already 13,000 pages of regulations, and they’re not even done yet,” according to Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg of Montana.
Congress virtually capitulated to the bureaucracy when it passed the 27000 page healthcare and tax legislation. Usually Congress specifies the kinds of rules and limits the administrative agencies can write, but in the case of ObamaCare, it gave almost unlimited discretion to the agencies to write the rules. “It’s a delegation of extensive authority from Congress to the Department of Health and Human Services and a lot of boards and commissions and bureaus throughout the bureaucracy,” Matt Spalding of the Heritage Foundation said. “We counted about 180 or so.”
According to James Capretta of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, federal powers will include designing insurance plans, telling people where they can go for coverage and how much insurers get to charge. “Really, how doctors and hospitals are supposed to practice medicine,” he said.
We’ve been lied to so much throughout this debate that Americans are correct in being cynical and distrustful. We’ve been told we can keep our insurance coverage, yet smart businesses will drop healthcare coverage if they’re concerned about costs. Doctors will be even further restricted in their practices, resulting in cookie-cutter approaches to medicine and check-list healthcare. Rationing of services and cutbacks in innovation will be the norm.
In a highly ironic example of the effects of ObamaCare, a Colorado company, is laying off workers and shutting down plants:
Now one of the biggest [medical] device manufacturers, Stryker Corp., has tied plans to slash 5% of its global workforce – in part by shuttering two New York plants – to the tax. Stryker said it will close its West Seneca, New York plant in September, impacting 11 employees, and its Orchard Park, New York facility in December, eliminating 96 jobs there. The firm said it would provide laid-off employees with severance packages, counseling and job placement services. Stryker acquired the plants in 2010 with its purchase of Gaymar Industries, which specialized in support surface and pressure ulcer management products as well as temperature management.
Why is it so ironic that this company is laying off workers and shuttering plants because of ObamaCare? Here’s why:
The fortune of Pat Stryker — Colorado Democrats’ personal sugar momma — comes from the Stryker Corporation, a company started by her grandfather that specializes in medical equipment. Stryker has used that money to spend millions propping up liberal attack groups and make extensive donations to Democrats.
So hang on to your hats. With the recent Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act, the United States heads toward socialism and fascism. No reason exists not to believe that this Act, considering the Democrats’ ultimate goal of a single payor system, will be as bad or worse than the NHS in the United Kingdom. Bureaucrats, quangos, and IRS agents will intrude deeply into our lives, regulating that most private and intrinsic part of our lives – our health.
Even if a new Congress and a new President repeal the Affordable Care Act, the metastasizing of the rules and regulations throughout the bureaucracy will take decades or herculean efforts to unwind. The damage is done, and nothing sort of heretofore unseen effort by Congress to unwind all of this monstrosity and start over, will the damage be reversible.
Barack Obama and the Democrats have, successfully, fundamentally transformed the United States of America.