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.