Since Barack Obama began occupying the White House in 2009, he has worked hard to transform the United States of America into a nation which conforms to his collectivist (communist) ideology. One of his most significant accomplishments in reaching that goal was the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is better known as “ObamaCare.” This new health care system will require every American to purchase health insurance, and if they refuse to do so, they will be penalized with a tax by the Internal Revenue Service. For the first time in the history of our young nation, the federal government can now FORCE the American people to buy something just because the government believes it to be necessary. This mandate is a decisive blow against personal liberty, and it represents another great loss of freedom in the United States.
Barack Obama’s health care reform faced numerous legal challenges by opponents who believe the new laws are unconstitutional. This legal battle was taken all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional because the penalty for refusal to purchase health insurance qualifies as a tax, and the United States Congress has the power to enact taxes against the people (The Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2012). When we consider that defining the insurance mandate penalty as a tax was the only way in which the Supreme Court could justify allowing the heath care reform, it is interesting to note that Barack Obama formerly made the emphatic claim the penalty was NOT a tax. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos, which took place in 2009 on ABC News, Obama declared, “For us to say you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase” (ABC News, June 28, 2012). In reality, Obama’s health care plan includes twenty new or higher taxes, totaling over 500 billion dollars, which are all set to be fully enacted by the year 2018 (Americans For Tax Reform, June 28, 2012). Once again, reality stands in stark contrast to the campaign promises of Obama, who once declared, “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes” (Politifact, April 8, 2012, by Angie Drobnic Holin).
Note that Obama once stood in staunch opposition to a personal health insurance mandate. On February 26, 2008, Obama made the following statement during a debate with Hillary Clinton, “On the point of many adults, we don’t want to put in a situation in which on the front end we are mandating them, we are FORCING them to purchase insurance, and if the subsidies are inadequate the burden is on them and they will be penalized” (NBC News, February 26, 2008). He also derided the concept of a health insurance mandate at other times while campaigning, including the statement, “If a mandate was the solution, we could try to solve homelessness by mandating that everybody buy a house” (CBS News, June 25, 2012, St. Paul, MN.).
It often amazes me how the words of Barack Obama from the past now condemn him in the present. While campaigning for the office of President in 2008, he chided his predecessor (George W.) for increasing the national debt by over four trillion dollars. “The problem is that the way Bush has done it in the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion from the first 42 presidents. Number 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome. So we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back. $30,000 for every man, woman, and child. That’s irresponsible. That’s unpatriotic,” Obama said (Fox News, January 30, 2012). The national debt now exceeds 15.8 trillion dollars (U.S. National Debt Clock). It is unfortunate that Barack Obama does not hold himself to the same standards in which he holds others.
When Barack Obama ran for president, he promised the American people change. We are now seeing what that change is like. He has laid the groundwork to socialize healthcare, and he continues to expand welfare programs to levels NEVER BEFORE SEEN in the United States. Although Obama, his campaign management, and the mainstream news media all forcefully DENY that Obama is a socialist, his actions indicate otherwise. Evidence indicates that Barack Obama does have ties to socialism. For example, a flyer which announced a meeting to be held by The Democratic Socialists of America in 1996 prominently displayed Obama’s name on the roster of speakers (Buzzfeed, May 24, 2012).