ACA and Tax Reform

Some on the Left, and some on the Right, have said that the way tax reform was passed by Congress was wrong—too hasty, too little debate; no time was given for reading the final bill. Some on the Right also say that there is no difference between the way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and tax reform were passed by Congress—implying that tax reform should have been done in a more open and bipartisan way, and is therefore a bad thing. Criticizing tax reform because those who oppose tax reform were not involved in designing the reforms is nuts. Perhaps there is little difference in the methodologies used to pass these laws, but there is a huge difference between them.

ACA increased the size and power of government by taking over a large portions of the country’s health care delivery and insurance systems. It forced people to buy a product or pay a penalty “tax”. The ACA architects sold the law by saying that people could keep their doctors, and that health care insurance costs would decrease. Those promises were broken. All three branches of government cooperated to increase the size and scope of government, and to decrease the amount of freedom people have in deciding how to manage their health care. Tax reform does none of those things. By simplifying the incredibly complex tax code and cutting rates, tax reform will keep more money in the hands of those who earn it, and, as a result, will keep more power in the hands of the people.

A strong argument can be made that the ACA is unconstitutional. There is nothing unconstitutional about reforming the tax code and cutting taxes. Tax reform is a key step in returning the country to a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Just because ACA and tax reform were passed in a similar way does not make tax reform any less of a sound idea. The Left’s weapon that was used to screw the people was later used by the Right to help the people keep more of their money. You reap what you sow.

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