“Perhaps that sounds like a successful jobs program, as it will keep 40,000 people fully employed, filling out paperwork and sorting through a confounding pile of government regulations. Only problem is, that work is entirely wasteful and creates zero wealth for America as a whole. It would be better for America and for the 40,000 workers to do something useful, like build the empire state building 11 times over, to use the Ways and Means example.”

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“In the latest indication of how complicated putting the Affordable Care Act into action will be, the Department of Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue Service issued 18-pages of regulations just to describe what a ‘full-time employee’ is. Of note, to the Feds a full-time employee works an average of just 30 hours a week, not the normally accepted 40 hours.”

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“The U.S. health care law’s process for providing insurance subsidies to middle-income families will produce a ‘burdensome, costly and frustrating quagmire,’ a former Internal Revenue Service commissioner told a congressional committee.”

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“Here in Charlotte, they might be called the No-Show Health Care Caucus. They are 10 Democrats running for Congress whom the National Republican Campaign Committee has identified as particularly vulnerable on President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. So vulnerable that they opted to stay home and campaign this week rather than come to their party’s convention. So vulnerable that most of them wouldn’t even talk about the health care law by phone.”

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“If there’s one aspect of Switzerland’s healthcare system that Obamacare should’ve borrowed, it’s the decoupling of health insurance from employment. The Swiss are free to pursue whatever line of work best suits their talents and interests — rather than settling for a job simply because of the health benefits. Further, by assigning individuals responsibility for securing their own health insurance, the Swiss system demands that its citizens be cost-conscious.”

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“The primary problem with ACA’s mandate or tax is not the label we give it, but why it is needed at all. Its existence suggests that our central planners in Washington knew that they had failed to design an insurance product that people actually would want to buy. When you have to force people to buy something as obviously valuable as protection against becoming uninsurable or paying astronomical premiums, it means you have some serious design flaws in your product that still need to be corrected.”

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“It’s unfortunate that the liberal mainstream media have turned the process of ‘fact-checking’ politicians’ statements into such a partisan farce. If they weren’t so hell bent on seeing Obama get re-elected and, thus, taking down Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, they wouldn’t miss whoppers like this by DNC Keynote Speaker Julian Castro: ‘Seven presidents before him — Democrats and Republicans — tried to expand health care to all Americans. President Obama got it done.’ Survey says: XXX. The latest Congressional Budget Office report shows that by 2020 30 million Americans will still be uninsured.”

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“The first night of the Democratic National Convention was filled with references to the “Affordable Care Act” and its many wonders: Where being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. Where birth control is free. Where employers no longer have a say in your health care (really?). Where there are no limits on health costs your insurance must cover. Where 26-year-olds can stay on their parents’ policies. Strange that we didn’t hear about the parts of the law that are barreling down at us and are ready to hit with full force in 2014.”

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“The tax penalties of the ACA are trivial, the subsidies are complicated, and the available plans will provide little value to most people. I don’t need coverage for psych counseling and in vitro fertilization. This is how many (most?) people think. So, I therefore believe the ACA will result in FEWER people being covered, not more.”

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“But as the president fights to keep the conservative-leaning state in his column this November, education officials here are complicating his campaign message by citing ‘Obamacare’ as a reason for the rising cost of student health insurance plans on campuses from Asheville to Wilmington.”

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