Obamacare’s recruitment policy is based on two pillars. One is bribing people to join by offering compulsory incentives. The other is to hold them hostages once they’ve taken the King’s Shilling. The King’s Shilling was the term used to describe the obligation under which a British subject fell once he took money from a Royal Navy recruiter, once he had touched it he was obliged to submit to impression.
Recruiters often put a shilling inside a mug of beer offered to an unsuspecting recruit. Only when they had drunk the ale to the bottom did they see they had signed their lives away. Consequently many tankards of ale in British pubs to this day have glass bottoms.
Massachusetts representative Stephen Lynch said he was afraid voters would wake up to the existence of the King’s Shilling:
“There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable,” he told the Boston Herald. The “Cadillac tax” that goes into effect in a few years and taxes employer health plans over a certain value, he said, will be “the first time in this country’s history that we have actually taxed health care.”
Repeal is now impossible, he says, because of the number of Americans who’ve signed up for the law’s exchanges. Democrats will take big political hits on the law this fall anyway, Lynch said.
“We will lose seats in the House,” he said. “I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there, and I think we may lose the Senate.”
Now several lawmakers are suing to challenge the compulsory subsidies offered to them and their staff. It’s like a compulsory bribe.
Thirty-eight Republican lawmakers are backing a lawsuit filed by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., challenging health insurance subsidies provided to lawmakers and their staffers who are required to obtain coverage under ObamaCare.
Johnson filed the lawsuit in January challenging a ruling by the Office of Personnel Management. The agency ruled that lawmakers and their staffs should continue to receive health care benefits covering about 75 percent of their premium costs after leaving the health insurance program for federal workers.
According to the lawsuit, the OPM ruling "does not treat members of Congress and their staffs like members' constituents. Instead, it puts them in a better position by providing them with a continuing tax-free subsidy."
On Tuesday, 38 Republicans filed an amicus brief accusing the Obama administration of attempting to "rewrite the Affordable Care Act."
What makes it worse was the executive branch wrote the subsidy into existence on their own authority.
"Courts must not shrink from their duty to enforce limits on executive power when necessary to protect the rights of individuals in actual cases and controversies. This case is a prime example," the 12 senators and 26 House members wrote.
The federal subsidies that members of Congress and their staff currently receive are in line with those paid by most private employers and are the same as other federal employees who are continuing in the federal plan. The lawsuit argues that they were not specifically detailed in the health care law and therefore are illegal.
Johnson told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday that the subsidy gives members of Congress and their staff "special treatment" that ordinary Americans forced to purchase health insurance under the law are unable to obtain.
"It’s unfair, it’s unfair treatment," Johnson said on "On the Record." "It’s special treatment, and by the way the president has no legal authority to change the law the way it did, and that’s really at the heart of this lawsuit is the doctrine and separation of powers and the fact that this president has exceeded his legal authority."
The administration is actually engaged in a suit with 34 states who wish to refuse subsidies. The administration says they have to take it.
While hundreds of people were rallying for religious liberty on a snowy day outside the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, there were heated arguments inside a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals courtroom a few blocks away, both involving challenges to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
The Circuit Court, with Judge Thomas. B. Griffith presiding, heard oral arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius about whether tax subsidies for health insurance can be distributed through exchanges established by the federal government.
Sec. 1311 of the Affordable Care Act says that health insurance subsidies are available only “through an Exchange established by the State.” The IRS, however, interpreted the statute to mean that the subsidies also could be distributed through federal exchanges in the 34 states that declined to create their own exchanges.
Once they sign up then the administration will argue that Obamacare is unrepealable because people have signed up for it. Maybe insurance policies should also have glass bottoms. History often provides entertaining parallels.
The word press gangs derives from the term impressment, which can be defined as, the act of coercing someone into government service. Impressment was used from as early as Elizabethan times and was last used during the Napoleonic wars 1803-1815. …
The practice of impressment (also known as shanghai-ing or crimping) was common in all the world's ports until about 1820, and was widely used by Britain's Royal Navy as a means to maintain crew numbers on its warships. ...
The area of Spice Island, in Old Portsmouth, seems to have been a favourite recruiting area due to the large number of pubs, hostelries and other establishments that existed there. ...
When the press gang had seized a man, he was offered the King's shilling as a reward for volunteering, but often the coin was issued in devious and underhand ways, such as slipping the shilling into a pocket, or dropping it into his drink. If you were in possession of the shilling then that was good enough for the press gang. It is for this reason that glass bottomed tankards became popular, so that you could check your drink didn't contain a shilling before drinking it.
What’s old is new again.