Obamacare is nothing more than a radical social engineering attempt to transform the United States further along to a fully government-controlled society. The income tax code was the vehicle chosen by the Democrats for this purpose.
There is nothing unusual by either the Democrats or Republicans using the income tax code for non-revenue raising purposes. Every Congress and every president has found that the biggest political bang for the buck comes about by using tax credits and tax deductions to garner campaign contributions and buy votes.
To Congress and the administration, there is no economic or social crisis that can't be solved by embedding in the income tax code some benefit that polls show will be popular in the next election cycle.
As noted by former Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Pamela Olson, the tax code incorporates "policies aimed at the environment, conservation, green energy, manufacturing, innovation, education, saving, retirement, healthcare, child care, welfare, corporate governance, export promotion, charitable giving, governance of tax exempt organizations and economic development, to name but a few."
Actually, there are no less than a couple of hundred non-revenue programs run through the tax code and administered by the IRS, which currently has been found to be — according to the Taxpayer Advocate Service — overburdened, underfunded and undermanned.
The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare if you will, was unceremoniously dumped on the IRS.
The Supreme Court, and in particular Justice John Roberts, was entirely correct in ruling that Obamacare was valid as a tax law. What on earth do the critics of that decision fail to understand about the law being dependent on its administration by the IRS?
Obamacare depends on four major tax provisions, as well as a host of others. The refundable premium assistant credit, the small business credit, the individual mandate and the employer mandate are the legs of the chair upon which Obamacare sits.
While seemingly overlooked by the experts, talking heads, news pundits and strategists in the high-profile arguments over another president of the United States lying to the people, the fact is that each of the four legs of that chair are illusionary.
Experience with the Earned Income Tax Credit, where the IRS is responsible for verifying that the people filing a tax return claiming the credit are entitled to it, shows that predominantly the refunds made are fraudulent. There is little assurance that the same will not be true of the Obamacare premium assistance credit. Or the small business credit for that matter.
The employer mandate has been put off for a year by Executive Order. In reality, it will never become effective.
The individual mandate, with its penalty, is illusionary. Attempting to use a tax penalty is always a poor choice for an interim provision to mandate individual human behavior. It is the stuff upon which revolutions are caused.
The list of other tax provisions in Obamacare, taken with the four major provisions, dramatically highlight the dangers of allowing politicians, any of them, to use the tax code for social engineering and other such political purposes.
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