Just when everyone thought that the foolishness of fining someone for being too poor to afford insurance was over, New Jersey proves everybody wrong. As Americans For Tax Reform have written, “78% of New Jersey households hit by the tax make less than $50,000 per year,” yet they are to get no mercy from their liberal controlled state.
Democrat Governor Phil Murphy “on Wednesday signed the new tax into law” that puts the screws to the masses and imposes “the tax on residents who choose not to purchase ‘qualifying’ health insurance as defined by Obama-era regulations.” Somehow, being too poor to afford something is a choice in Murphy’s world as he revives the worst of Obama’s eight years.
Low and middle-income taxpayers are in for more abuse as “the Obamacare mandate tax hit 188,570 New Jersey families and individuals in the most recent year of available data. 146,910 of these taxpayers made less than $50,000 per year – 78 percent of those impacted by the mandate.” This is a fleecing of the very people who have the least amount of money.
It is known that “38% of New Jersey households hit by the Obamacare mandate tax make less than $25,000 per year. That’s 70,830 New Jersey households” and that “New Jersey households paid a total of $93,342,000 in Obamacare individual mandate taxes in the most recent year of available data.” This means that the poorest families in N.J. forked over millions of dollars and Democrats have their hand out for even more.
Now, 79% of households making under 50k may again be slammed, made to dish out money that they don’t have, or be fined at tax time for their poverty. It seems quite strange that the party that claims to be for the impoverished and downtrodden are making their lives an expensive hell.
Health insurance is viewed by some as a human right, and that debate can be had. However, to imply that those who have a hard enough time just eating should be told what they have to purchase is not the answer.
In fact, it is part of the problem.
A nation can not be truly great if it is not healthy, but it can not be great if its government keeps stealing from citizens, forcing them into an ineffective and disastrous single-payer healthcare system that would rather let children die than allow them to leave the country for better care.
As president Donald Trump moves ahead with reform that may actually help someone, let’s hope that the states don’t undo all of his hard work.
We just can’t afford it.