Conservatives and Obamacare
I wrote the following in 2012:
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There has suddenly been a lot of words wasted by conservatives about how Obamacare is the worst affront to the Constitution in the history of the United States.
Why haven’t these same conservatives been complaining about Medicaid? Or Reagan’s Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act which essentially created free healthcare for everyone? Or various zillions of special tax breaks for doing something. What’s the difference between a tax break for buying an electric car versus a tax penalty for not buying an electric car? Sounds like the same thing to me. For that matter, we already have a tax break for buying health insurance, which isn’t any different than a tax penalty for not buying it. And Republicans actually love that tax break. Any change to the tax code which is worded as a “break” Republicans love, and any change that is worded as an “increase” or a “penalty” Republicans hate, even though they are two sides of the same coin, using the tax code to reward desirable behavior and punish undesirable behavior.
Conservatives, grow up.