Check ACA facts
A letter in the Oct. 17 Dispatch titled “ACA stinks” claims to describe “an example from one person” of how bad the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is. In the application process, this person allegedly received an email from an unidentified source that opting out would result in a $4,037 fine attached annually to income tax returns, a driver’s license suspension and a possible federal tax lien could be on his home. No section of the actual ACA was cited.
My Google inquiry produced multiple web sites with word for word repetitions of the Dispatch letter’s allegations. The source was not from a credible acquaintance of the writer but from a political email that quickly went viral. Many commentaries directly contradicted it with statements like, “There are no criminal sanctions for not paying this fine… Section 1501(g)(2) of the ACA also states that the IRS ‘cannot file notice of lien with respect to any property of a taxpayer by reason of any failure to pay the penalty imposed by this section.’”
The first electronic Dispatch website blog response to the letter noted similar rebuttals from other sites. Fox News interviewed three couples about ACA problems they allegedly faced, which an investigative reporter similarly found to be false. If an opposition stance necessitates promoting facts contradicted by the letter of the law, the allegations must be seriously exaggerated.
The penalty for not signing up starts at $95 per person for the first year, but the law plainly prevents the government from forcibly collecting it. Letters promoting false allegations for the gullible discredit the political stance represented, stain reputations of newspapers relying on the honor system regarding factual accuracy of published letters, and dishonor the community.
Readers need to be vigilant in checking printed facts on which opinions are based.
A great quote
Heard this on the news this weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the name of the politician but it’s a great quote.
“Raising the debt ceiling is like raising the blood-alcohol level to reduce the number of drunk drivers.”
Congressman Nolan has shown his true colors and allegiance by joining forces with the far left-wing of the Democrat party. Along with radical Congressman Ellison they put forth HR 676 for socialized medicine.
The bill is only 30 pages so you can check my facts. These 30 pages describe the following:
1. No requirement to be a citizen to get free health care just be a resident.
2. They presume that anyone who applies for free health care is eligible — no pre-checking allowed.
3. The only medical procedure not covered is cosmetic surgery which means abortions will now be funded by the government.
4. No deductibles for this care, it is all free.
5. For profit companies can’t participate
6. Current for profit companies will be paid money, our tax dollars, to entice them to become nonprofit.
7. Insurance companies are prohibited from selling insurance for anything except for things such as cosmetic surgery.
8. It allows the potential elimination of the Veterans Benefits program
How will this be paid for? You guessed it, increased taxes that include:
1. Even more taxes on the top 5 percent of income earners.
2. Increased taxes on payroll and self-employment income.
3. Tax on unearned income.
4. Taxes on stock and bond transactions which means it will eat into your retirement account.
This will be called “Expanded & Improved Medicare for All.” They have bankrupted the current Medicare system and now want to cover up that mistake by doubling down and asking us to pay more to the government god.
If you believe in Socialism you will love to keep Nolan in place. If you believe in America and our freedoms you will get him out before it is too late.
God save America because Nolan won’t.
For the record
How often do we hear that Clinton erased the U.S. debt and left Bush with a surplus when he left office. This is a total myth that Democrats like to spin every time you hear them. The truth is when Clinton took office in January 1993 the U.S. debt was $4.4 trillion and when he left office in January 2001 the U.S. debt was $5.8 trillion. So where is the erased debt and surplus?
Bush inherited the $5.8 trillion dollar debt when he took office in 2001 and did add $4.9 trillion to the debt during his eight year term in office. Of that $1.5 trillion was probably due to the tax cuts he gave everyone; $1.5 trillion due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $1 trillion to Medicare for prescription drug cost reductions for recipients.
Obama has already spent nearly $7 trillion in his first 4½ years in office. There has never been a passed budget during this time. At this rate Obama will have spent approximately $12 trillion before he leaves office. This does not include Obamacare which is estimated to add at least $3 trillion. With all the unknowns with Obamacare and the way government entitlement programs become inundated with fraud over time, this $3 trillion is probably just a tip of the iceberg.
How much debt can the government stand? Our children and grandchildren even now are strapped with at least $75,000 each to pay the current debt off. We are travelling in uncharted waters.
Our out-of-control spending rate has got to be stopped by Congress and Obama working together to get “entitlements” under control or we may be going over the financial cliff sooner than we think.