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Lots of crazy stuff on the airwaves re
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Monday, July 02, 2012 4:23:36 PM
Lots of crazy stuff on the airwaves re the SCOTUS’s upholding of the ACA.
The Inane “Is It a Tax?” Debate: R’s are viciously attacking the ruling because it introduces a new “tax” on people who don’t have coverage.
As I and many others have stressed, this tax is a free-rider penalty. It is a PRF—a personal responsibility fee for not saddling the rest of us with your health care costs, thereby imposing an implicit tax on the rest of us. And it hits 1-2% of the population.
You thought personal responsibility was supposed to be a conservative value? Not, apparently, when the dreaded tax word is invoked.
I get it: silliness pervades in an election year…but really? Seriously?!?
Taxes happen in societies— according to a Supreme Court justice from a saner time, they’re
“the price we pay for a civilized society.
And in this case, they’re the price we pay to offset a negative externality by which the behavior of a small minority of citizens imposes a cost on everyone else.
To be ashamed to make that case is to cede the field to Norquist and co.
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