Punching Back Twice as Hard

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit frequently calls on conservatives to “punch back twice as hard.” ┬áHe has also embraced the idea of raising certain taxes, specifically ones that will disproportionately hit blue states (such as reducing the deductibility of state income taxes).

Along those lines, I have taken a few of the features and taxes from Obamacare and used them as inspiration for a new set of taxes and regulations that would hit well-heeled lefties hardest.

HHS Contraception Mandate:

  • Employers with religious affiliations must cover birth control on their health insurance plans.

Counter-punch:

  • All colleges and universities accepting federal funds must have a required course on Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and the rising standard of living made possible by the free market.



Obamacare Tax:

  • 3.8% surtax on investment income for households making over $250,000.

Counter-punch:

  • 3.8% surtax on consulting income for college faculty.



Obamacare Tax:

  • For households making over $250,000 the Medicare payroll tax increases by 0.9%.

Counter-punch:

  • An annual surtax on salaries of the employees of private foundations (think Pew, Ford, etc.).



Obamacare Tax:

  • Annual tax on health insurers based on premiums collected.

Counter-punch:

  • Annual tax on tuition revenues paid to colleges and universities.



Obamacare Tax:

  • A tax on innovator drug companies based on their share of sales.

Counter-punch:

  • A tax on union dues based on the size of the union (the bigger the union, the higher the rate).



Obamacare Tax:

  • 2.3% excise tax on tax on medical device manufacturers.

Counter-punch:

  • 2.3% excise tax on tax on professional film making equipment, including cameras, lighting and sound equipment.



Obamacare Tax:

  • $500,000 limit on executive compensation for health insurance executives.

Counter-punch:

  • $500,000 limit on compensations for actors and entertainment industry executives.

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