Besides being a ridiculous bureaucratic monstrosity destined to fail, one thing we’ve always found troublesome about ObamaCare is its individual mandate provision. Now there’s good news: a way to avoid the mandate which is so easy, one need do nothing at all!
Neal Kumar Katyal: From the halls of academe to the halls of stupidite
The Washington Examiner reveals the details:
[Neal Kumar Katyal] President Obama’s solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn’t like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.
You’re probably asking “Why didn’t I think of that?” We posited this would also be a foolproof way to avoid taxes. But, as usual, there is a catch….
The so-called “hardship exemption” in the health care law is limited, and only applies to people who cannot obtain insurance for less than 8 percent of their income. So earning less isn’t necessarily a solution, because it could then qualify the person for government-subsidized insurance which could make their contribution to premiums fall below the 8 percent threshold.
No problem. ObamaCare is driving premiums up and Obama’s economy is driving wages and employment down. Shortly, everyone financially south of Donald Trump will be exempt.
But what would happen if large numbers of folks employed this tactic? Wouldn’t that cause economic calamity? Well, more economic calamity? And with the economic pie shriveling, who’s gonna pay for all those subsidies? Perhaps we’ve stumbled upon a flaw in Obamacare and socialism in general.
And for once it wasn’t Joe Biden who inadvertently blurted out the truth.
– Written by Bonfire of the Absurdities
Source: Washington Examiner