Saturday, July 11, 2009

Who will pay for health care "reform"?

"Employees of large South Florida corporations may get hit with a new tax on their healthcare benefits under a bipartisan proposal being supported by 14 United States senators. The move, led by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, is aimed at taxing the most expensive employer-based plans in the United States. Wyden told The Miami Herald that he is ''very, very, very much aware'' that Miami's healthcare costs are among the highest in the country. The prospects for such a tax have been bouncing up and down in Congress over the past few weeks as politicians seek viable solutions. On Friday, the Associated Press reported that key House leaders were going in another direction, pushing to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for healthcare reforms -- a move that will be opposed by Republicans and some moderate Democrats."

Tax employees' health care benefits, i.e., middle class workers?

Tax employers in high cost regions, i.e., encourage the discontinuation of employer provider health care programs?

Tax the wealthy, i.e., by past standards, workers making more than $75,000 per year?

The president and Congress may pass their idea of health care reform, but, if this is how they pay for it, they'll lose their next elections.

BTW - During the campaign, weren't we told we would pay for health care reform with "savings" and by withdrawing from Iraq?

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