What Electric Vehicles and the Affordable Care Act have in common

People spend so much time talking about the product or the policy that they forget that behind all that talk there is a patient and a person.

Let’s take a look at the Affordable Care Act

In 2015, 15.0 million people, or 10.1 percent of total U.S. employment, were self-employed.

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The largest percentage of Self-employed workers are 65 years and older (15.5 percent) of any age group

The largest percentage of Self-employed workers are 65 years and older (15.5 percent) of any age group

The average income of a self-employed person is $26,000. The average income of a salaried worker is $55,000. A salaried worker typically gets health care as a benefit.

Some people talk about the affordable care act and capitalism in the same sentence. What they don’t take into account is the tax code that shows favoritism.

Corporations write off their health care to their employees, but self-employed people can’t write off their premiums unless they make a profit.

Most salaried people don’t know this, but a self-employed person can only write off their health insurance if they make money. It’s a catch-22; We all need health insurance, and if you are a self-employed person it will typically cost you more for health insurance, and you have to pay for it, but you can’t write it off on your taxes unless you make a profit.

Let’s say your health insurance runs $1,000 a month as a self-employed person. That’s $12,000 a year with a high deductible.

The Affordable Care Act changed all that. A person making $26,000 is only paying $300-400 a month because their premium is based on line 37 of their 1040, not on an arbitrary amount set by an insurance company.

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premium is based on line 37 of their 1040

The self-employed got a raise without working more hours. And they got a financial number that they can budget.

That extra $600 is disposable income

What does that have to do with Electric Vehicles?

Remember, the largest percentage of self-employed workers are 65 years old.

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That extra $600 is disposable income

People who are buying solar panels and electric vehicles are doing it for two reasons that are financially based

1. They get a tax deduction and/or credit

2. They don’t have to buy electricity or gasoline after the solar panels are paid for resulting in more disposable income. They have gotten a raise without working harder.

Older people that are getting ready to retire are looking for less fixed expenses. Many of these same people have just paid off their homes, or see the end in sight.

Many of these people don’t have the savings they need to retire with all the fixed expenses they have today, so they are finding ways to have fewer fixed costs.

If you are paying $200 a month for electricity and you buy a solar system worth $24,000 you can have that system paid off in 8 years.

If you’re sixty years of age and you plan to start taking out social security at the age of 70 you have just increased your net worth.

Solar prices have come down while your utility rates have gone up
home ownership is still a feature of a solar user

According to insideevs, 83 percent of EV drivers will consider or have already installed adding solar panels to charge their vehicles at home

Solar panels are all the rage in California, and it’s not just because a person gets free energy, it’s because it means one less fixed expense from a fixed revenue stream of people that have little to no purchasing power left.

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According to Cleantechnica, in 2013 39% Of California EV Owners Have Solar Panels

Electric vehicles are an extension of solar panels; another fixed expense, gasoline, that people won’t have to pay. According to Cleantechnica, in 2013 39% Of California EV Owners Have Solar Panels.

As James Carville said, It really is about the economy, stupid.

As more people become self-employed, as more people become closer to retirement they are looking at what is best for them financially. They are at a time in their lives that their purchasing power is limited and they need to stick to a budget and create a new future for themselves, free of so many fixed expenses.

I want you to notice that I didn’t report on the environment, on climate change. I reported on the financial side of the equation for EVs, solar panels, and insurance. The financial aspect of the equation puts more money in the U.S. citizens’ pocket as greater disposable income. These fixed expenses increase at a higher rate than the GDP. Using electricity is a domestic energy, putting more money in the U.S. Nation’s budget, decreasing the trade deficit and the National debt.

This article is a speech that was given at Strategic Vision’s 4th annual Research Convention

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Using electricity is a domestic energy, putting more money in the U.S. Nation’s budget, decreasing the trade deficit and the National debt

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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