More Liberal Logic… Obama Solicitor General: Don’t like the Healthcare Mandate? Then Make Less Money!

Where does he find these people?
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Obama’s solicitor general, Neal Kumar Katyal, told a federal  appeals court that Americans who didn’t like the individual mandate  could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.

<a href=”http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/06/obama-solicitor-general-if-you-dont-mandate-earn-less-money”>The Washington Examiner</a> reported –
<blockquote>Neal Kumar Katyal, the acting solicitor general, made the argument under  questioning before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in  Cincinnati, which was considering an appeal by the Thomas More Law  Center. (Listen to oral arguments <a href=”http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/internet/index.htm”>here</a>.)   The three-judge panel, which was comprised of two Republican-appointed  judges and a Democratic-appointed judge, expressed more skepticism about  the government’s defense of the health care law than the Fourth Circuit  panel that heard the Virginia-based Obamacare challenge last month in  Richmond. The Fourth Circuit panel was made up entirely of Democrats,  and two of the judges were appointed by Obama himself.</blockquote>
Katyal noted that the there’s a provision in the health care law that allows people to avoid the mandate.
<blockquote>“If we’re going to play that game, I think  that game can be played here as well, because after all, the minimum  coverage provision only kicks in after people have earned a minimum  amount of income,” Kaytal said. “So it’s a penalty on earning a certain  amount of income and self insuring. It’s not just on self insuring on  its own. So I guess one could say, just as the restaurant owner could  depart the market in Heart of Atlanta Motel, someone doesn’t need to  earn that much income. I think both are kind of fanciful and I think get  at…”

Sutton interjected, <strong>“That wasn’t in a  single speech given in Congress about this…the idea that the solution  if you don’t like it is make a little less money.”</strong>

The so-called “hardship exemption” in the  health care law is limited, and only applies to people who cannot obtain  insurance for less than 8 percent of their income.<strong> So earning less  isn’t necessarily a solution, because it could then qualify the person  for government-subsidized insurance which could make their contribution  to premiums fall below the 8 percent threshold.</strong>

Throughout the oral arguments, Kaytal  struggled to respond to the panel’s concerns about what the limits of  Congressional power would be if the courts ruled that they have the  ability under the Commerce Clause to force individuals to purchase  something.</blockquote>
So there you have it.  This is the Obama administration philosophy. Don’t work so hard. Make less money and let other people pick up the tab. That should do wonders for the economy.
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