I am registered as an independent and believe that our nation should do all it can to help those less fortunate individuals! Your point about health care costs rising due to fraud and litigation are good points. I do not disagree! We can do better and should do better as a nation! Maybe a flat tax for all Americans that incorporates Universal health care would be the kind of compromise that citizens would accept. I believe a flat tax of say 20% on every taxpayer would be the catalyst that drives our economic engine! I consider myself a middle of the road voter!
flat tax...........you would never get elected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!two-thirds of america do not pay taxes........ever heard of earned income and now child credit.......yes the govt now pays you to have sex..........lol sad but true!
"flat tax...........you would never get elected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!two-thirds of america do not pay taxes........ever heard of earned income and now child credit.......yes the govt now pays you to have sex..........lol sad but true!"
two-thirds do not pay tax!!! If this is true...one more reason to vote for flat tax.
A flat tax would be a positive step. Throw away the entire IRS code. Put a bunch of tax lawyers and accountants out of a job and into more productive enterptrises. As for universal health care? Perhaps we could tolerate a catastophic coverage for everyone. But, there must be market forces, deregulation, and tort reform at work to bring down costs in a significant way.
Say you get a real bad headache...
The former scenario of health care:
You go to the doctor, or maybe he visits your house even. He looks you over, gives you a couple of aspirins and says come back in a few days if it is not better. He charges you what might be 50 or 75 dollars in today's money. 99% of the time that is the end of it. You get better and go about your business.
You go to your primary care physician who refers you to a specialist because you expect it. The specialist conducts tests ard MRI's and whatever, costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars, because of the off chance that something rare is overlooked and some lawyer sues his ass for millions. The doctor prescibes some exotic new drug that took Merck 10 years and a hundred million dollars to develop. They have to recoup their costs and make some money on their investment. So the pills cost twenty dollars each. You pay a total of 50 to 75 dollars in copays for EVERYTHING, get better in a couple of days and go about your business.
Until we remove the burdens and mandates on the system and give people incentives to consume less and to shop around for health services, costs will continue to skyrocket.
I don't pretend to know the answers to healthcare. It is a very complicated situation, big pharma, doctors, insurance companies (both health and malpractice), medical facilities, lawyers and the government are all at fault.
I do know from hearing from people in Canada, that the free healthcare they recieve is substandard and requires long waits, so I am not sure if socialized medicine it the correct route. But I am concerned that when my wife and I get older that we may end up on the wrong end of the issue. I am already paying out the yingyang at age 48 (birthday today!) in the form of medical insurance, deductables, co-pays, non-covered medical procedures, nonprescription drugs, etc.
Personally, although I hate socialism worse than the guy beside me, I think the problem needs to be taken over by the government simply because the problem is so big, and us baby boomers are going to make it much, much worse.
Don't be to quick to argue a flat tax either, that very thing will strangle the working poor who are not paying any taxes now. Heck, my wife and I make in excess of 50 grand between us and we only paid a couple thousand in income tax this year! Social security is much higher than income taxes.
To be middle class and only paying 4% income taxes means to me, that the rich have to be paying the taxes no matter what the democrats argue.