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November 24, 2010

Wavermania: Obamacare Edition (Ben)

Barack Obama's healthcare bill was supposed to be the pinnacle of the Democratic Party's achievment in this new century. Finally, after decades of trying, a mandatory and centralized healthcare regime had become law. We could all breath a sigh of relief because after 234 years our unfair society was finally just.

Well, not quite. Richard Epstein over at Forbes has a great article on the unintended consequences of Obamacare and how the waivers have made a bad situation worse.

Please go read the whole thing.

One great point is how this will affect small businesses:

Economically, the high fixed costs of administrative compliance drive small firms to seek takeover by powerful larger firms whose deeper purses and better political contacts help them weather the storm.

I'm not telling anyone here anything they didn't know, but clearly this bill not only benefits Big Business, who has the extra cash laying around to comply with such laws, but the waiver system also gives them a competative advantage.

The only companies receiving waivers are those with lobbying power and political influence. Obamacare, like almost every other law passed by congress, continues to help the big and established companies at the expense of the small and start up companies. And these people wonder why unemployment is still hovering at 10%.


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