Is Obamacare fascist? Whole Foods co-CEO John Mackey says so. Or at least he said so, in an interview with NPR recently. Now he’s taking that word back.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, fascism is:
a political philosophy … that exalts nation .. above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government … severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition, [and]…. a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control
In fact, Obamacare is all about exercise of autocratic dictatorial control over our medical system. It’s a bloated Rube-Goldberg-like bureaucratic nightmare, with thousands of petty overlapping rules and regulations and taxes. But “facism” might be too kind, as it implies some actual thought and central planning. Obamacare is just a mess. Everyone in Congress, including all their aides, interns, spouses, children and Grandma and Grandpa, got their little fingers in the pie when it came to writing this puppy.
One thing Obamacare definitely is: a job killer. As we speak, small businesses are just waking up to the realization that the number of people they hire this year will affect their obligation, under Obamacare, to purchase health insurance for everyone next year. According to the rules (written by the kids, or Grandma or maybe the house cleaner), if a business has the equivalent of 50 or more full-time employees, get ready for a major financial hit. Keep that number low, and you’re home free, able to keep your business open. One strategy: don’t hire employees. Just find temporary contractors to do the work. Result: a nation of contractors, working temporary part time gigs, always scrambling for the next scrap of work.
You think this doesn’t matter to a small business? Let’s do the math:
- 50 employees X $15,000 per employee for medical insurance = $750,000 per year.
- Business only just breaking even as it is, with no profits = sudden $750,000 deficit.
- Choice: Business closes its doors OR business gets rid of employees.
And thanks to the “Affordable” Care Act, $15,000 is a lowball estimate for a medical insurance policy. Costs are going up, and will escalate as insurance companies try to cover the additional expenses caused by all the new rules, regulations and coverage mandates.
So was John Mackey right to take back his accusation that Obamacare is fascism? Sure. Using that word just inflames the Obamacare devotees, who don’t bother to think too deeply about anything, much less the long-term impact of this travesty. The word facism just glamorizes Obamacare, although in a negative way. It doesn’t deserve that. It’s just a big fat mess.