Then there are the unintended consequences, the Orange County Register said in an editorial.
"For example, the White Castle hamburger chain said last week that it would lose 55 percent of its annual net income because of a single provision to levy fines of $3,000 per employee when the company pays insurance premiums amounting to more than 9.5 percent of their income," the editorial said.
So what do you do? You lay off workers to save $3,000 an employee or you get rid of health insurance altogether and pay a fine of 8 percent of their pay and save about 1.5 percent on the payroll.
Republican Congressman Dan Lundgren is among those appalled by the hidden provisions of this new law.
"We are finding out more and more how destructive this is of our economy," Lundgren said.
What about requiring a 1099 form for any business purchase worth $600 or more, including gold coins?
"Virtually no one knew it was in there," Lundgren said.
This was trust-me legislation written by most untrustworthy people.
Two decades before the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin wrote to a friend: "He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither."
People usually apply this admonition exclusively to all things military, but Franklin's warning applies to all things governmental.
For Social Security, we gave up the liberty of keeping our pay to ourselves, as the government now keeps track of our wages.
Now for health insurance security, we trade the liberty of keeping our weight to ourselves.
In November 2008, 53 percent of Americans voted for change. Now the government will track their coins.