In this morning’s Washington Post, economist Robert J. Samuelson notes that even as campaign 2012 enters its final fortnight, the wheels of President Obama’s bureaucracy are turning furiously to implement the president’s controversial health care law.
The IRS, Samuelson notes, has “issued an 18-page, single-spaced notice explaining how to distinguish between full-time and part-time workers under” ObamaCare. Samuelson pulls a typical quote from the mind-numbing regulation:
This notice expands the safe harbor method described in a previous notice to provide employers the option to use a look-back measurement period of up to 12 months to determine whether new variable hour employees or seasonal employees are full-time employees, without being subject to a payment under section 4980H for this period with respect to those employees.
Obamacare’s relentless march to full-fledged introduction in 2014 demonstrates that, for all its good intentions, it will make the health-care system more confusing, costly and contentious. It won’t control health spending — the system’s main problem — and will weaken job creation.
ObamaCare dominated the 2010 elections, and arguably remains the most powerful domestic policy issue of this election.
We’re now two full years into the “implementation phase” of the government takeover of health care. During that time, the case for full repeal has only gotten stronger.
That’s why we’ve prepared a new publication for activists, bloggers, and interested citizens:
- It’s unconstitutional.
- It will drive up health insurance costs.
- It will cause millions of Americans to lose their workplace health benefits.
- It will force us to purchase government-controlled health insurance.
- It will greatly increase the deficit.
- It imposes 18 new taxes, including an expensive tax on medical devices and the first-ever tax on workplace health benefits.
- It will lead to bureaucratic rationing of health care.
- It violates freedom of conscience.
- It’s unpopular.
- There’s a better way.
For more information, check our the full document.
Dean Clancy is FreedomWorks’ Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy. He leads our efforts to reverse the government takeover of health care and adopt a patient-centered approach.