UPDATE: Turns out Dawn Wildman is NOT speaking, as she explains here: BILBRAY CALLS OBAMACARE TAX A “USER FEE.”
I was invited to speak on behalf of SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition , the first tea party group in San Diego, at a rally this morning to show the tea party’s disgust with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Constitutionality of ObamaCare. Congressman Brian Bilbray was the keynote speaker at the rally, and we were supposed to be showing our outrage at yet another government agency choosing liberty sucking policies over the Constitution. Hey this is why we started the tea party here, so I was primed. I had my Thomas Paine quotes ready to go and with renewed spirit I was polishing off my speech the night before, aiming to get across two key points about the ObamaCare Taxes.
Then a friend sends me a link to a story in a local rag with quotes from Congressman Bilbray and the announcement that he is now a tea party guy. Really? Where was he when we were phoning, faxing and screaming at him as the Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus? Where was he when the vote for the Patriot Act was happening? He was voting on side of the mediocre RINOS and playing to all principles except the tea party. And now his quotes indicate that the Congressman thinks that one of the new ObamaCare taxes already implemented on tanning booth business owners, is a user fee.
Dear Readers: I go away for a few days to Las Vegas, and find that Obama takes “Betting on America” as his new slogan:
I’m confused: I thought Obama hated Vegas.
Anyway, given the pathetic unemployment numbers, and the fact more Americans obtained disability than a job, I wouldn’t be betting on Obama for the win in November.
Actually, here is something Obama should read a lot into: SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition (SCTRC) President Dawn Wildman will be a featured speaker at the “Repeal Obamacare Tax Rally”, which will be held from 9 am – 12 noon, Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the San Diego County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA). The focus of the rally will be the 20 new taxes imposed on American citizens by Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
Dawn Wildman, President of SCTRC: While I am still in shock that the Supreme Court upheld this huge expansion of government overreach, at this point, the solution can only be political. That means that our group, and Tea Party and Citizen Action organizations around the country, will focus on the fact that people will now be taxed for healthcare that will ultimately limit the choices they have and the quality of care they get. We will now push to get Executive and Congressional leadership at the national and state levels that will force repeal of Obamacare.
Leslie Eastman, SCTRC Media Director: There will be over 20 new taxes imposed under Obamacare. Some examples:
- Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals: $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new “community health assessment needs,” “financial assistance,” and “billing and collection” rules set by Health and Human Services. With nebulous regulations, and the Obama Administrations contempt for private charity functions, these institutions are taking a hit.
- Tax on Innovator Drug Companies: $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. That’s going to take the money out of research and employment for highly skilled and educated researchers.
- Starting next year, there will be a raise in threshold for Medical Itemized Deductions from 7.5% to 10% of adjusted gross income. Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income; this level is increated substantially, and waived for taxpayers 65-yearrs or older — in 2013-2016 only!
- Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an income surtax. Again, given broad definitions and tight enforcement, millions of Americans will be charged this tax.
Representatives from Stop Taxing Us, the Oceanside citizen action group, will be there. Congressman Brian Bilbray is slated to be the keynote speaker.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of pics of my Vegas trip — other than these, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! 🙂
The preferred food and drink of the Goddess of Capitalism: