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How the RH Bill is Going to Kill Business, Particularly Small Business?

March 23, 2011
Read the bill!

Read the bill!

It is very much unfortunate, disappointing, and alarming that nobody in the mainstream media talks about the negative, unintended consequences of the fascist Reproductive Health bill, now euphemistically called Responsible Parenthood bill, on the country’s business sector, particularly small businesses. I live in a commercial area in Manila and I have friends who are small business owners. However, this does not explain and define my strong opposition to the fascist bill proposed by some statist politicians in Congress who don’t intend to make a living in the highly competitive business environment. I reject this legislative proposal primarily because it’s anti-reason, anti-individualism, and anti-capitalism. In other words, Lagman’s and et al.’s proposed measure is against individual rights, liberty and economic freedom. This is just one of the many aspects of the bill– that it can negatively impact the country’s industry, particularly small business establishments that employ millions of professionals and skilled and even unskilled workers. Consider a small cafeteria, canteen, or publishing house near your place. Think about the small establishments and bar and restaurant stools in malls and many places in the metro. These small businesses that employ two to ten or so people will be one of the main targets of the RH bill supported by some misguided, mediocre hippies who are mostly schooled and professionals. Yet nobody wants to talk about this issue. It’s as if these pro-RH bill hippies and fanatics think that wealth is created by mere wishful thinking, that is, by simply passing an intrusive, rights-violating bill purportedly designed to help the poor and (some inferior) women. What these anti-population and pro-regulation advocates don’t know (simply because they don’t care to know a thing about the bill’s intents at all) is that the proposed legislative measure is itself a BIG INSULT to the poor and women. It is anti-poor and anti-women. Let me explain my statement above before going to the main gist of this blog article. The RH bill is a BIG INSULT to the poor because it treats them as dependent, parasites, inutile, or a leech who simply rely on other people’s extorted money or alms. We need to pass the bill, Lagman said, because they don’t have the (physical and mental) capability to improve their economic condition. Authors of the consolidated bill argue that one of the principal objectives of their highly mediocre, anti-intellectual measure is to “help reduce poverty and achieve sustainable human development.” However, what these political idiots do not and refuse to understand is that the government has no financial capability to deliver the stated promises of their measure because it is already bankrupt. The government, which is the worst parasite in this country, is not a productive agency or entity. It can only deliver some of the promised public services by using state force, e.g., taxation, regulation, and forcible immolation of some social sectors like businessmen and health care providers. The consolidated RH bill is a BIG INSULT to women– and this is what top statistician Prof. Winnie Monsod does not understand– because it regards them as inferior, ignorant, weak, having no mental, physical and emotional capability to decide on her own and to protect herself. It treats women as ignorant and weak because the bill’s proponents believe that they need to pass a highly intrusive, unconstitutional legislative proposal  proposal so to provide them the information and services they need. Also, Lagman’s proposal is a BIG INSULT to every Filipino family because it treats parents as irresponsible, ignorant, weak, lazy, and having no capacity to make informed, responsible family decisions. It is stated that the bill’s primary goal is to “help give parents the opportunity to exercise their right to freely and responsibly plan the number and spacing of their children.” That’s the other way of saying that Filipino parents are not free and badly need the help and assistance of the state so to “responsibly plan the number and spacing of their children.” The bill’s highly mediocre and ignorant explanatory note adds: “The bill is truly rights-based. It mandates the provision of all forms of family planning, both modern natural and artificial, to women and coiples as long as they are legal and medically-safe, and truly effective. However, the acceptance and adoption is the option and decision of parents and couple, particularly women.”  If that’s the case, why is there a need to pass the bill? The answer is because this is not what the bill is all about. In truth and in reality, it is about more political power! It’s about putting the entire business industry, medical profession and education sector under the total control and supervision of the state. In general, the bill is a BIG INSULT to the entire Filipino nation that has somehow embraced rational principles and the concept of freedom and individual rights. Those who ignorantly, naively take the consolidated bill at its face value will certainly accept the contradictory slogans, undigested political platitudes and unrealistic public programs of Lagman and company. There are two sides of the consolidated bill: the fantasy side and the reality side. The measure’s fantasy side can be readily gleaned from its highly ignorant explanatory note, which is filled with supportive statistics and some tragic information about the plight of the poor and women. The fantastic solution is to help the “principal beneficiaries” (e.g., the poorest of the poor and the marginalized) by means of __________. They did not state how except the fact that they enumerated the bill’s nice-to-hear intents and provisions from Section 1 to 17. The proponents guarantee universal access to family planning under Section 7 by providing that “[a]ll accredited health facilities shall provide a full range of modern family planning, except in specialty hospitals which may render such services on optional basis.” However, the reality side of the measure is that all those promised, stated RH services would be covered or delivered by sacrificing, enslaving employers and health care providers. Section 18 states:

Employers’ Responsibilities- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall ensure that employers respect the reproductive rights of workers. Consistent with the intent of Article 134 of the Labor Code, employers with more than two hundred (200) employees shall provide reproductive health services to all employees in their own respective health facilities. Those with less than two hundred (200) workers shall enter into partnerships with hospitals, health facilities, or health professionals in their areas for the delivery of reproductive health services. Employers shall furnish in writing the following information to all employees and applicants: (a) The medical and health benefits which workers are entitled to, including maternity and paternity leave benefits and the availability of family planning services; (b) The reproductive health hazards associated with work, including hazards that may affect their reproductive functions especially pregnant women; and (c) The availability of health facilities for workers.

What does this section mean? Section 17 details the bill’s horrible fantastic scheme. So once the fascist bill is approved, any potential or aspiring employer would be covered by it, which means that he/she would be legally regarded as an indirect government employee. The employers or companies who have the capacity (with more than 200 employees) would be mandated by law to “provide reproductive health services to all employees in their own respective health facilities.” This provision means that those employers and companies with more than 200 employees need to have their own “health facilities”, and this means additional expenses on the part of job-creators. On the other hand, employers with less than 200 employees shall enter into “partnerships with hospitals, health facilities, and/or health professionals in their areas for the delivery of reproductive health services.” Logic tells us that since employers and companies would be legally required to shoulder additional expenses, then they are justified to increase the prices of their products and/or services. Does anyone think of PRICE CONTROL? The state control of the entire medical industry is laid out under Sections 20 (Implementing Mechanisms) and 22(1) on prohibited acts. The penalty that awaits erring, non-compliant employers and health care providers could be imprisonment ranging from one (1) month to six months or fine of P10,000 to P50,000 or both. This means that any employer may be sued by his/her employees for non-compliant with the intents and provisions of the bill. Once the RH bill is approved, anyone who thinks of starting a business, whether big or small, should consider the measure’s punitive provisions, some necessary expenses, and the need to deal with government regulators. In the United States, hundreds companies left the Democratic-infested California because of the state’s too much regulations and anti-business policies. This is why I have been telling my blog readers that the bill is NOT simply about serving the alleged interests of the poor and women; it is PRIMARILY about MORE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS. The bill is about nanny statism or BIG GOVERNMENT. Already, many foreign investors do not want to invest in the Philippines because of its high tax rates, excessive economic regulations, pro-employee labor courts, leftist-activist court justices, among others. The recently ranked  Philippines 148th in terms of ease in doing business and 156th in terms of starting business. In terms of paying taxes, the country has been ranked 124th. Corporations pay a total tax rate (% profit) of 45.8 percent! If approved, the RH bill would have the following negative impacts on small business:

  1. It would be more difficult to start a new business considering the fact the the bill criminalizes the mere act of doing business and its regulative, interventionist provisions.
  2. Employers would be forced to make additional expenses so to cover the RH care needs of their employees.
  3. Since they are forced to make additional expenses, they might consider laying off some of their workers for survival.
  4. Since they are forced to shell out additional expenses, they might not accept new applicants, a situation that would worsen the country’s unemployment rate.
  5. Since they are forced to shell out additional expenses, they might consider some of the following survival measure: 1) salary cut, 2) less bonus or benefits, 3) cost cutting, 4) no expansion, 5) close business.
  6. Since they are forced to shell out additional expenses, they might consider PRICE INCREASE.
  7. There would be more informal sectors (unlisted, unregistered businesses) so to avoid paying more taxes and complying with government regulations.
  8. Potential and existing employers would be considered a NEW CLASS OF CRIMINALS or ENEMY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE.
  9. Those who have the money and resources would rather invest in a business-friendly economic environment like Hong Kong, India and other Asian countries.
  10. Employers would simply shrug.

Now here’s my note to some RH bill supporters who’d like to challenge this blog article: Please drop the illusion that you’re a social hero or some sort of pro-poor and pro-women by simply supporting the bill. I have addressed that fantasy above and in my previous blogs. You can help the poor without enslaving and treating businessmen, doctors and some other people as potential criminals or enemies of social progress. Think like a human being, not like a parasite! You don’t help the poor and the marginalized by supporting the RH bill; it’s both the big and small businesses that can truly help them!

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