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If Businesses Get Relief from ObamaCare, the Rest of America Should, Too

Posted: July 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm   /   by

WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted a letter sent by Republican leaders to the White House this morning asking for more information on the administration’s decision to delay the ObamaCare employer mandate, while still imposing the law’s burdensome individual mandate on the rest of America.  Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:

I’m glad the president recognized that his health care law is not good for our economy.  Because of ObamaCare, millions of full-time workers can only find part-time work.  Health care costs are going through the roof. I think Senator Baucus had it right, this is a train wreck.  This is what happens when you ram through a gigantic bill that no one has ever read.

But just delaying the employer mandate, frankly, isn’t good enough.  Today we sent a letter to the president asking him to justify delaying the employer mandate while leaving in place the mandate on individuals and families.  Because if businesses can get relief from ObamaCare, the rest of America ought to be able to get relief as well

“The president’s decision to use the ‘honor system’ to hand out subsidies I think exposes taxpayers to massive fraud and abuse.  This is our job, on behalf of the American people, is to protect and to spend their tax money wisely.  Having these subsidies without any verification is going to open the system up to all kinds of corruptions.  

We need to protect the American people from this law – permanently.”

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Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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  1. ThomasMrak says:

    How about subsidies and breaks for no one.The Republican managed to survive and thrive before 1913 when Income Tax was enacted.The Republic managed to survive and thrive before the New Deal programs.No income tax for anyone, and the government has to find ways to fund itself voluntarily, rather than forcing everyone into submission.

    1. @ThomasMrak AAAAAAAAMEN. No tax breaks, no carveouts, no subsidies, no welfare, no corporate welfare. No property ever taken from one individual, cohort, or entity for the exclusive use of any other individual, cohort, or entity. Ever. EVER.

      1. ThomasMrak says:

        @WesternFreePress The truth is, if people were voluntarily able to help individuals and businesses in trouble, more people would.But, since as it is present, we have “everyone for themselves” and “I’m going to see what I can get out of other people without having to invest my own time and money”, no wonder the economy continues to suck.It’s sense of entitlement that knows no social class or profession. I am not suggesting everyone feels entitled, but all it takes is a few corrupt leaders and enough people who feel entitled.We also can’t forget the emotional blackmail of “think of the children” , “you wouldn’t want poor people to suffer would you?”, or “family values” or “free enterprise” (which isn’t free enterprise at all, since some companies and industries have lobbied successfully for laws which hurt their competitors and industries which aren’t as mature.)Both parties are responsible for this, and even the GOP is no longer fiscally Conservative, and has some other issues I will not repeat for the sake of brevity.Yes, I agree with these sentiments, but rarely is anything ever done which truly teaches people independence and responsibilityWe have both parties bailing out pet industries, while claiming in public “we care about free enterprise/the middle class. We want to see growth.”If they truly did, they would leave the economy alone.You’re not going to see growth if people can’t honestly build something without permission or the constant threat that government officials/crony capitalists are going to find ways to shut you down.Being a physician used to carry a lot of prestige, a high standard of living and a lot of independence.Before Social programs and laws made it difficult, physicians and medical companies would donate goods and services to those who could not afford them.It not only was a gesture of good will, it was a very good form of advertising. They knew if that if they didn’t give of their time, energy, and money, it wasn’t likely other people or the government would.Rules and regulations which favor large healthcare conglomerates as well as laws meant to “help” the poor and middle class have made it next to impossible for doctors or small groups of doctors to have their own clinics.Now, most physicians are no different than regular employees, and they usually have a small fortune in debt upon graduation from medical school.The student loan debt crisis and college being a requirement for many jobs which realistically don’t require a ton of formal education is another story, but the cause is the same- government subsidies.There’s also increased liability from lawsuits, and subsidies such as Medicare, which drive up the cost for everyone.This isn’t even taking into account the giant mess that is private health insurance, which the government believes it can “fix” by controlling prices and forcing the vast majority of the population to carry it, similar to the way auto insurance is legally mandated.It’s only going to drive prices up, make service worse, and make everyone except those that lobbied for the laws, and people who aren’t paying into the system, poorer.It’s robbing Peter to pay Paul, and like almost every law passed to benefit certain groups as the expense of others, is pitched with “good for the American people, it will create jobs,etc.”Other than increasing the size of and scope of government, when has the government ever created jobs?As we can all see this “goodies for everyone!”  mentally encourages “every man for himself, don’t think about the consequences!” and “gimme.”It’s not moral, and it’s not sustainable.If people of all classes were more aware that their actions have consequences, people across the board would be far more civil.

        1. @ThomasMrak Agreed. Truly, I believe that if the government would get out of our way and stick to doing only those things that benefit us all generally, and which cannot easily be done privately—military, courts, police, and some infrastructure—we would be far better off than people can even imagine. There would be such an economic flourishing, but more—there would be social flourishing. If people are left to do for ourselves, we will—and we will work together to do it. Community will be strengthened. And there will be so much money available that the truly needy will be WELL taken care of by private charity alone.
          Tragically, after 100 years of statism, it seems that people cannot imagine anything else.