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“Free” Health Care and Higher Taxes

June 19th, 2009

You think health care is expensive now? Just wait until it’s free. This wonderful bit from yahoo gives you an idea of what is on the way:

Across the Capitol, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee privately circulated a list of possible tax increases to pay for expanded health care.

They ranged from raising the Medicare tax, slapping a 10-cents-per-can increase on sweetened drinks, raising the alcohol tax, imposing a new payroll tax on employers equal to 3 percent of their health care expenditures and taxing employer-provided health insurance benefits above certain levels.

Also under consideration was a value added tax, a sort of national sales tax, of up to 1.5 percent or more, with housing, education, financial services and medical care potentially exempt.

House Democrats were expected to unveil an outline of their own to expand health coverage on Friday, although several officials said they did not plan to include mention of the tax increases under consideration.

So, what happened to not raising any taxes on 95% of Americans? I don’t really have much to say that I haven’t already said, so I’ll leave you with a few past articles and let you add your thoughts on this scary proposition that is coming at us fast.

The Health Insurance Problem

2700 Emergency Room Visits by 9 People - This is what is going to happen with “free” healthcare by the way.

Unintended Consequences Congress Doesn’t See Coming

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  1. June 26th, 2009 at 07:50 | #1

    Was listening to one of the student in my history class yesterday. Apparently her child had to see an extremely expensive eye-specialist about 200 miles away from here. She was talking about how wonderful it was when she was on Medicaid, it was “like a mini-vacation”. They paid for transportation, a hotel overnight, food, etc.

    Now she’s on CHIP and they only pay for the doctor’s visit, not the costs of getting too the doctor, so she’s decided the trip is no longer worth it.

    Her son still has a need to see the eye-doctor, but unless she can get everything free, plus a “mini-vacation”, it’s not worth it to her.

    Think about that, multiply by the population of the US, and cringe.

  2. June 27th, 2009 at 16:59 | #2

    @John Kotrla

    It is stories like this that really do make me cringe. People really need to take into consideration human nature before they try and do things like this. If we aren’t already, socialized health care will bankrupt us. Either that or kill us all from the lack of availability of care.

  3. September 3rd, 2009 at 11:27 | #3