Editorial: Redefinition doesn’t help Vance County

Jul. 04, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

Another chapter was added Tuesday in the class warfare being waged among politicians.

President Obama delayed forcing medium and large companies to provide affordable insurance coverage for workers or risk being fined under the Affordable Care Act. Within this law, the companies are those with 50 or more workers, and full-time employees are defined as averaging 30 hours per week.

Rather than taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, it will now be 2015.

The end result, in addition to the screaming from the left and right sides of the aisles, will be redefining what it means to be middle class. At the very least, the middle class will certainly shrink.

When the president put in a delay for one of the five primary tenets of the controversial law, he did more than incite election projections for 2014. His detractors will argue he violated the law, and that’s not far fetched — Congress was specific writing this one, even at 2,000 pages.

One of the five tenets not delayed was the individual mandate. Workers not getting insurance from employers will be turning to state-based exchanges, subsidized with tax money, for affordable insurance. And in 34 states, such exchanges won’t exist.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services, however, will be there for them.

More people depending on the government and its entitlements is not good for this country.

When Jim Crawford Jr. left Raleigh six months ago after a three decades career, he spoke of taxes and the need for more people to pay, to “have skin in the game.”

“I know we don’t want people hungry, and we don’t want to take money from people that can’t afford to pay,” he said. “But by the same token, we can’t kill the American dream. You’ve got to give people the opportunity to get to the middle class. I’m afraid the way things are going now, the middle class is shrinking. We need a lot of help in Vance County.”

Long term, Tuesday’s move by the president isn’t going to help Vance County. We need people working, citizens paying taxes, and less of our 45,000 population depending on the United States or North Carolina governments.

Vance County’s middle class needs recovery and rejuvenation, not redefinition.