NOTE: My statements are not necessarily my opinions. I often post point-counterpoint essays in which I strongly take one side of an issue and later counter that with antithetical views. This intellectual exercise helps me see the merit in opposing opinions and augments my creativity.

ObamaCare's silver lining
I blasted ObamaCare in another article. This one looks at it from another perspective

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama forthrightly stated his desire to spread the wealth around. One way to do that is to spread the work around. In a nation in which there are more workers than work, it makes sense to spread the work around. While that hurts people whose hours are cut so their employers are not obligated to provide health insurance, it helps people given a chance to work because employers need more employees to spread their work around. This can take people on welfare or other public assistance and turn them into taxpayers, which obviously helps the government and taxpayers collectively (less people for them to support), but it also helps taxpayers individually.

Consider 100 employees working full-time (40 hours per week) to do 4000 hours of work per week. Spread that work to 142 employees (each working 28 hours per week) to do the same 4000 hours of work, and guess what? Each worker pays significantly less taxes and the government collects less total taxes but still comes out ahead, thanks to the reduced burden of unemployed workers, welfare recipients, criminals (poverty drives some crime), and folks making a living by faking disability.

We don't live in a perfect world. We can't always have everything we want. Many choices exclude others, or confer benefits that we pay for in other ways. The fact that ObamaCare creates an incentive for employers to reduce full-time workers in favor of part-time ones hurts the former yet provides a net positive benefit.

In the real world, that's the best anyone can do, but in this case, it's a brilliant way to achieve a necessary evil. While it would be better if everyone had full-time work, there's currently no need for that in the United States. President Obama must deal with how things are, not how we wish they would be, and his method of spreading the work around is a blessing in disguise for those who want to get a job and those who want to minimize taxes paid to the government.

The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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