At the very same time that the House Republigoats are trying to pass legislation titled “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act and Barack Obama Is A Stinkypants So There,” this is what Forbes (the magazine) is writing about health care reform:
More Small Businesses Offering Health Care To Employees Thanks To Obamacare
The first statistics are coming in and, to the surprise of a great many, Obamacare might just be working to bring health care to working Americans precisely as promised.
The major health insurance companies around the country are reporting a significant increase in small businesses offering health care benefits to their employees.
Because the tax cut created in the new health care reform law providing small businesses with an incentive to give health benefits to employees is working.
“We certainly did not expect to see this in this economy,” said Gary Claxton, who oversees an annual survey of employer health plans for the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. “It’s surprising.”
Surprising. Yeah? Which part is so surprising, Forbes, oh ye outspoken advocate of the uber-regressive “fair” tax? Surprising that a tax incentive for small businesses to insure employees like, actually is incentivizing and stuff? Or surprising that the black guy might actually know what he’s doin’?
I’m not surprised the policy is working. Of course it’s working. That’s why I can confidently write that Obama’s crowning achievement for what it’s worth will never be “repealed,” and frankly I think this H.R. 2 is a spilled banana peel for the Republigoats, so hurrah for us as we watch them slip and fall on their pointy stupid asses. I of course think that other things would have worked better. For example, I happen to think that if small businesses didn’t have to screw around with fussing about health insurance for employees—for example, if some sort of “public option” existed—they’d be more apt and able to create more jobs, and also that more people would be more able to create more small businesses to boot. Call me crazy.
I think this Forbes column is one hell of a capitulation by one of the leading editorial advocates of piss-on-my-shoes-and-tell-me-it’s-raining economics. Whot, you mean the government CAN do something to improve the state of health care in these United States of America? Huh.
Here’s what’s going to happen. “Obamacare” will hold steady. The House may pass this piece of shit legislation of its, but it won’t pass the Senate. People will continue to enjoy its added benefits as they accrue. I don’t think people will necessarily remember this misguided effort to repeal it. But one day, mark my word, you will see protest signs reading “Get Your Government Mitts Off Of My Obamacare.”
I can’t wait.
By the way, kudos to the Obama administration for a domain name purchase it made this week. The White House ponied up the ten bucks and now owns and operates a little blog over at obamacare.com. Purchasing this domain of an intendedly pejorative term may be one of the smartest things these folks have done lately. This Web nerd approves.