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Editorial: If you think you're Robin Hood, why hide it?

Published: November 29, 2013

THE BIGGEST problem with Obamacare isn’t the failure of the website or the fact that President Obama “misspoke” when he said Americans could keep health insurance they liked.

The real problem with Obamacare is its enormous price tag. By handing out billions in free services and health care without doing anything to control costs, the president’s health care plan will inevitably add trillions to the national debt.

Paying that debt and the tremendous interest to sustain it will have to be done by taxpayers, just as they do with everything the government spends.

Since almost all tax revenue comes from fewer than half of the people in the country, and most of it comes from a small group of upper-income taxpayers, Obamacare is, in fact, yet another federal program to massively redistribute the country’s wealth from the people who have it to the people who don’t.

No surprise there. Practically every domestic program favored by Democrats has redistribution as its chief purpose. Food stamps, Section 8 housing, Medicare, Medicaid, affirmative action and thousands of other government activities at the federal, state and local level transfer wealth from taxpayers to the poor and other groups favored by politicians.

Republicans also support lots of redistribution programs. The major difference between the parties is that while Republicans think there should be some kind of limit to government wealth transfers, Democrats favor every redistribution scheme you can think of and want them all to grow as large as possible.

Since they believe in taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor so much, you’d think Obama and his allies would be proud of Obamacare’s redistributive purpose.

And they surely are, in secret.

But publicly, the president and his supporters deny that the health care law redistributes income at all. Why? Because they think the voters will be against it even more than they are now.

“Don’t Dare Call Health Law ‘Redistribution,’” was the headline on a story in the New York Times this week.

While Obama himself ardently favored wealth transfers when he ran for president the first time around, reporter John Harwood said the administration won’t even utter the word these days or appoint people to top government jobs who have publicly favored redistribution in the past.

“‘Redistribution’ is a term that conjures up all sorts of unfairness in people’s mind,” the Times story quoted former Obama chief of staff William Daley as saying. “It’s a word that, in the political world, you just don’t use.”

The word is “particularly toxic” around the Obama White House, the story continued; nevertheless, “the redistribution of wealth has always been a central figure of the [health care] law,” it concluded.

Obama obviously never misses an opportunity to raise taxes on people with good incomes and increase government handouts to people he thinks deserve them, yet he denies doing so and hasn’t even uttered the word “redistribution” in 18 months, according to the Times.

And when he did, it was to reject the idea that redistribution is what Obamacare is about.

“Understand that this is not a redistribution program,” the president said about his health care program during a campaign stop in Ohio. “This is not about taking from rich people to give to poor people. This is about us together making investments in our country so everybody’s got a fair shot.”

Obama has constantly misrepresented what Obamacare will do and how much it will cost. And his denial that it is a redistribution program is his biggest lie of them all.