And his unintended consequences:
Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act.
'I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month,' Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News.
'Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida.'
The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term 'volunteer' literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they're on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them subject to Obamacare's employee-mandate rules.
Since the Obamacare law doesn't specifically carve out an exemption for them, fire departments where 50 or more people work – either as volunteers or officially as employees – are expected to provide health insurance for every one of them.
In towns with more than one volunteer fire department, all the staffers will likely be lumped together for tax purposes, pushing many municipalities above the 50-worker threshold.
That could cost departments of life-savers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Those that dump their volunteers into the federal insurance exchanges would still have to pay an annual $2,000 fine for each 'employee' after the first 30.
While starry-eyed dreamers spent the 2008 election in mystical haze of leg-tingles, growing misty-eyed about the prospect of Obama providing free health care to the entire universe, righting all the civil wrongs, making America not racist, and shitting rainbows while riding unicorns to pay off old black ladies’ car loans, there were a decent number of wet blankets warning that such hypothetically sweeping legislation could have seriously negative consequences. It turns out the wet blankets were right and the starry-eyed tinglers were wrong.
In addition to a complete joke of a website, ridiculous rising costs, decreased coverage for employees, and fines for the uninsured (i.e. the ones most presumably in need of insurance), it turns out ObamaCare might also destroy some volunteer departments. That’s just fuckin’ great. Are there no limits to the incompetence-fueled disaster that is misnomered as the Affordable Care Act?
Yes, the IRS will probably be pressured to grant exemptions to volunteer fire departments, but that’s just the beginning of a rather troubling trend. In order to make the ACA work, the law will have to be, practically speaking, rewritten by bureaucracies. Alternatively, the law could be repealed. Or, people could just be fucked over. My guess is that special groups will get exemptions while others will be left to deal with the onerous requirements of the law. Needless to say, this isn’t going to do much to foster a unified civic spirit, nor is it going to promote political stability. In fact, this trend pretty much marks the beginning of the end. All because some dumb-fuck progressives couldn’t live with the heinously oppressive thought that someone somewhere might have to deal with some sort of medical problem in less-than-ideal circumstances.
Goodbye America. I guess this is what you get for letting fools have a say in running the country.