December 24, 2009 by Bob Livingston
As if Americans aren’t already taxed enough, the healthcare reform bill—or Obamacare bill—being discussed by the Senate contains dozens of new taxes and creates 111 new bureaucracies.
Among the new taxes:
- a 40 percent excise tax on health coverage in excess of $8,500 (individuals)/$23,000 (families).
- an additional half percent Medicare (Hospital Insurance) tax on wages in excess of $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers) beginning in 2013.
- an annual fee on manufacturers and importers of branded drugs beginning in 2010.
- an annual fee on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices beginning in 2010.
- a reduction by half (to $500,000) the amount of an executive’s compensation that a health plan can deduct from its corporate income taxes beginning in 2013 and a 5 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery and similar procedures beginning in 2010. (source: Openmarket.org)
The anti-federalist Brutus, thought by most scholars to be Robert Yates, warned in his essay No. 6 about Congress having too much power under Article 1, Section 8 (…power to lay and collect taxes, imposts, duties, and excises, according to the discretion of the legislature…) and eventually taking all authority from the states.
This power, exercised without limitation, will introduce itself into every comer of the city, and country—It will wait upon the ladies at their toilett, and will not leave them in any of their domestic concerns; it will accompany them to the ball, the play, and the assembly; it will go with them when they visit, and will, on all occasions, sit beside them in their carriages, nor will it desert them even at church; it will enter the house of every gentleman, watch over his cellar, wait upon his cook in the kitchen, follow the servants into the parlour, preside over the table, and note down all he eats or drinks; it will attend him to his bed-chamber, and watch him while he sleeps; it will take cognizance of the professional man in his office, or his study; it will watch the merchant in the counting-house, or in his store; it will follow the mechanic to his shop, and in his work, and will haunt him in his family, and in his bed; it will be a constant companion of the industrious farmer in all his labour, it will be with him in the house, and in the field, observe the toil of his hands, and the sweat of his brow; it will penetrate into the most obscure cottage; and finally, it will light upon the head of every person in the United States. To all these different classes of people, and in all these circumstances, in which it will attend them, the language in which it will address them, will be GIVE! GIVE!
Now government is trying to follow Americans into their sick beds. And just as Brutus predicted, when Congress addresses the American people it is with a common refrain: GIVE, GIVE!