So earlier today I blogged on the individual mandate being a 20 year old, long supported creation, of the republicans.
Now, looking at Republican Paul Ryans Healthcare plan I see it is far more egregious then “the mandate”.
You see- the mandate in Obamacare had no enforcement provisions. You didn’t buy the “required” insurance…well…you’d get some letters from the government. End of story. They couldn’t garner your wages. They couldn’t show up and arrest you. They couldn’t do anything.
Now, under the republicans new plan, you buy the insurance, you get a $2,300 tax credit. You don’t buy it- you don’t. Essentially a $2,300 tax, and you better believe the IRS will be coming after you. And unlike Obamacare- which provided exemptions to the struggling middle class who may not be able to afford purchasing healthcare, Ryans plan offers no such exemption. You buy it- or else.
I’m not a huge fan of healthcare, but am even less a fan of our current system. But seeing the republicans “new and improved” ideas I am starting to think a little differently.