I was talking to a small business owner the other day. He said it made more sense to “to pay a $2,000 fine than buy $6,000 insurance policy” (per employee, of course).
But there is no “fine”. It’s a “tax”. Employers who do not provide the one-size-fits-all, government-approved insurance demanded by Obamacare are taxed. And we know it’s a tax because the Supreme Court said so–in fact, if it isn’t a tax, if there is any hint that not purchasing insurance was bad behavior, Obamacare is unconstitutional.
Conservatives, people of integrity should take care to describe this payment to the government accurately: it is a tax on perfectly legal and moral behavior, not a fine for bad behavior. When you hear someone refer to the payment as a fine or hear them denigrate a business who opts to pay the tax rather than purchase insurance, be sure to remind them what the Supreme Court said.