Saturday’s Daily Times had a great op-ed from Wicomico County’s favorite tree hugging statist – Mike Pretl. I’m not being facetious; it is a great essay. Pretl’s piece is a well written example of political propaganda at its best; persuasive but seriously lacking in the fact department.
Pretl tells us that only those who refuse to obtain coverage will have to pay “the tax”. Untrue. For starters, ObamaCare isn’t just ONE tax. There are many taxes which we will be paying:
- Medical Device Manufacturing Tax
- High Medical Bills Tax
- A Reduction in the Limits on Flex Spending Accounts
- Surtax on Investment Income
- Medicare Payroll Tax Increase
It’s small wonder that the bill was written so that these taxes don’t take effect until AFTER the 2012 elections.
Pretl points out that there are many benefits to ObamaCare. He’s correct. There are many benefits. Unfortunately, Pretl always fails to remember that there is no such thing as a free lunch. The end result of ObamaCare will be to put us all into a single payer system – socialized medicine. This is exactly what Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Martin O’Malley, AND Mike Pretl hope fore. That’s fine. They, like you and I, have a right to their opinion. I just wish that they would all admit it. To his credit, if you have a conversation with Mike about this issue he will admit that he wants a single payer system. He just refuses to call it what it is – one more leap down the road to serfdom.