Today over 60 activists from the Philadelphia area, Virginia and Delaware will be coming to Washington to receive formal grassroots policy training with regards to the ongoing healthcare debate before heading to Capitol Hill in hopes of swaying politicians still on the fence. The activists are expected to arrive at 10 am and will meet with FreedomWorks Vice President of Public Policy, Max Pappas for a robust exercise on the ins and outs of ObamaCare, with a strong focus on the recently released House bill, the $1.5 trillion America’s Affordable Health Choices Act.
From there the disgruntled activists will head over to Capitol Hill to lobby their respective representatives and hope to influence the pivotal-players in the debate, the Blue Dog Democrats. Fed up with politicians’ fiscal irresponsibility and a “spend and tax” agenda, the activists are missing work on a Monday to voice their displeasure with a nation-altering piece of legislation that is being rushed through Congress with blatant disregard for public uneasiness with government-run health care. The day will culminate in a small protest outside the Russell House Office Building at 1 pm.
At the root of ObamaCare will be tax hikes, employee mandates, and employer mandates, a federal council that would make decisions on benefits, community rating mechanisms to determine care, and would end private insurance through the Trojan Horse public option that will eventually crowd out private insurance.
House Democrats are already looking at tax hikes to fund this massive new entitlement. Under the proposed plan, the top marginal tax rate would climb above 45 percent, on top of state, local, and Medicare taxes. This will put the American tax rates on par with that of European nations such as France (46 percent) and Italy (45 percent).
These new taxes directly contradict President Barack Obama’s pledge to not raise taxes on anyone earning less that $250,000. “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains tax, not any of your taxes.”