By David Hanson
Columnist John Long says he is very concerned about Obamacare (“Taxing power without limits,” July 5). Hysterically, he raises the specter of totalitarian socialism as the logical consequence of the Supreme Court decision upholding the law.
Maybe if Long understood the Affordable Care Act better he would not fear it, and he would not have contributed to the misinformation campaign being waged by the GOP. Long says, “The most important [issue] is the ‘individual mandate’ that all Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty.” On the contrary, a small percentage of taxpayers will be required to do either. This line is being used by the GOP to stir up votes in November. “The largest tax increase on the middle class in history,” is a commonly told lie. Most people won’t pay a dime of higher taxes as a result of this law, and there are various tax credits (cuts) in the law that Long and the GOP won’t acknowledge.
Hanson lives in Roanoke and is a professor of history at Virginia Western Community College.