Affordable Care Act's 'freedom' from work impact is unreasonable

February 24, 2014 

We recently learned another effect of the Affordable Care Act in addition to it being unaffordable to most people. The Congressional Budget Office found that a new result is that many people will be reduced to part-time work due to the disincentive to work full time, which interferes with the ability to afford healthcare coverage without government subsidies to help pay premiums.

Rather than admitting that such a result is detrimental to society, the administration is calling it a benefit of freedom from the obligation to work, thereby giving us opportunities to devote more time to tending to family needs.

How such a view can be sold to the American people requires not only audacity of the administration but gullibility of the uninformed voter, which is how the president got re-elected.

Apparently the president does not heed sound advise from his advisers, if he has any who possess sound advice, or is satisfied with the results.

If he cannot find reasonable advice from those he looks to, he only needs to call on the wisdom of historical figures, such as W. Somerset Maugham. In "The Razor's Edge," he wrote, "A man ought to work. That's what he's here for. That's how he contributes to the welfare of the community."

The result of blaming classes of people and lamenting inequality of income only dodges reality. A former slave and an adviser to presidents in his time, Frederick Douglass wrote, "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."

There are too many people today who are willing to surrender their freedom for security. Less production means less revenue to the government to pay people not to work.

Merrill Adams


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