Mike Huckabee News
Oct 17 2013
Not all of the glitches in Obamacare are in the website. A lot of them are in the legislation itself. One of the biggest is the cutoff for getting government subsidies to help pay for health care. Americans are reeling from sticker shock at how much more expensive their policies will be under the woefully-misnamed Affordable Care Act. But they’re told, don’t worry, if your income is low, you’ll get government subsidies to help pay for it. Problem is, to qualify, a couple has to earn no more than four times the poverty limit, which would be $62,040 a year. Earn a couple of thousand dollars less than that, and you could qualify for $1200 a month in subsidies. Earn a few dollars more, and you lose all the subsidies. So, to help out, the Kaiser Family Foundation is advising Americans to find ways to adjust their incomes down and earn less. Not to earn more, so they can pay for that more-expensive coverage, but to earn less, so the government will pay for it.
I can see that in a strictly dollars and cents way, that might be the smart move. But does it bother anyone else that Americans are actually being advised to lower their ambitions, work less, succeed less? To me, that represents a complete reversal of what made America great. We are a people who work, strive, achieve and succeed, who want to do better than the previous generation, and to make sure our children have the opportunity to do better than we did. Is this really what we want to become? A nation of people who willingly lower their ambitions in exchange for a bigger handout from the federal government? If this is what President Obama meant when he promised to fundamentally transform America, then I sincerely hope Americans refuse to be transformed.