Jeffrey Eakes: ACA nicknames

September 27, 2013 

ACA nicknames

With the pending implementation of the Affordable Care Act, I am reminded of past legislation that didn’t quite live up to its billing. Examples: The Tax Simplification Act of 1986 and the Deficit Reduction Acts of 1984 and 2005 to name but a few. We all know just how much simpler the U.S. tax code has become and how much the federal deficit has been reduced over the last 30 years or so, right? To maintain the trend, I can’t wait to see just how “affordable” health care will become under this massive (and growing) bill.

Instead, in keeping with the hope and change mantra and being the (self-proclaimed) most transparent administration ever, and given the private sector reaction to the thing, I recommend a better title might be: The Small Business Destruction Act or the Full-Time to Part-Time Jobs Bill. But I guess that would be a harder sell. But, hey, what’s in a name?

Jeffrey Eakes, Cary

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