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Tax Private Insurers To Force Public Option, Brilliant! July 23, 2009

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Uncategorized, US Politics.
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J.D. Foster pens in today’s web memo from the Heritage Foundation:

“Members of Congress continue to demonstrate their ingenuity, creativity, and often poor judgment in their increasingly desperate hunt for painless revenue sources to pay for health care reform. Initial projections are that health care reform will cost well north of $1 trillion. To pay for this extraordinary expansion in government spending, Members have considered everything from taxing soda to killer rate hikes on small businesses. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and others are pushing the idea of imposing $100 billion in special taxes on health insurance companies.

Taxing health insurance companies is a bad, backdoor alternative to the more sensible, more transparent policy of capping the exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance. Worse, unlike the cap, taxing health insurance companies would hit low- and middle-income workers hard.”

There is no end to what Senators and Congressmen will concoct to extract money from citizens and amass power for themselves. Of course, it gets worse, not better, as Foster continues:

“The naive view behind the special levy on health insurance companies, as evidenced by the citing of the profits figure, is that the tax would be paid out of company profits by the owners of the companies–the shareholders. The obvious reality is that the companies would pass these higher tax levies onto their customers (i.e., those purchasing health insurance) in the form of higher premiums. If Congress raised the federal gas tax, the price of gas at the pump would jump. If Congress imposes a special levy on health insurance companies, the price of insurance jumps. It is that simple.”

If private health insurance jumps, companies are forced into the public pool! It’s just another path to the conclusion PresBO and Congress desire for you and me: we (those in power) have the best health care and you (huddled masses yearning to be free) scratch out the leftovers we toss to you! If this doesn’t sound like Cuba, Soviet Russia or Iraq before the fall of the other Hussein, what does?

Then, Foster makes my point:

“The Kerry special tax on health insurance companies is apparently intended to fall only on private health insurance companies. However, the President and many health care reform advocates are insistent on some form of “public plan.” So far, advocates of the health insurance company tax have remained silent on one very important detail: whether the new tax would be levied on the public plan as well.

Of course, if the public plan was not subject to the tax, then this would be just another feature of health care reform designed to ensure the rapid evolution toward universal, government-run health care as taxes drive private plans out of the business.”

Duh!

We need to stop this like we stopped the immigration bill. Politicians will listen when they are on the run. Make them get their track shoes on!

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1. jacksmith - July 24, 2009

LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY. (Thomas Paine)

We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries donโ€™t die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means.

I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! In congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. An insurance bailout is all you really get without a robust government-run public option available on day one.

These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS!

Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it’s President Obama’s fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us.

But Republicans think you are just a bunch of stupid, idiot, cash cows with short memories. Just like they did under the Bush administration when they helped Bush and Cheney rape America and the rest of the World.

But you don’t have to put up with that. And this is what you can do. The Republicans below will be up for reelection on November 2, 2010. Just a little over 13 months from now. And many of you will be able to vote early. So pick some names and tell their voters that their representatives (by name) are obstructing TRUE healthcare reform. And are sellouts to the insurance and medical lobbyist.

Ask them to contact their representatives and tell them that they are going to work to throw them out of office on November 2, 2010, if not before by impeachment, or recall elections. Doing this will give you something more to do to make things better in America. And it will help you feel better too.

There are many resources on the internet that can help you find people to call and contact. For example, many social networking sites can be searched by state, city, or University. Be inventive and creative. I can think of many ways to do this. But be nice. These are your neighbors. And most will want to help.

I know there are a few democrats that have been trying to obstruct TRUE healthcare reform too. But the main problem is the Bush Republicans. Removing them is the best thing tactically to do. On the other hand. If you can easily replace a democrat obstructionist with a supportive democrat, DO IT!

You have been AMAZING!!! my people. Don’t loose heart. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy saving the World. ๐Ÿ™‚

God Bless You

jacksmith โ€” Working Class

Republican Senators up for re-election in 2010.

* Richard Shelby of Alabama
* Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
* John McCain of Arizona
* Mel Martinez of Florida
* Johnny Isakson of Georgia
* Mike Crapo of Idaho
* Chuck Grassley of Iowa
* Sam Brownback of Kansas
* Jim Bunning of Kentucky
* David Vitter of Louisiana
* Kit Bond of Missouri
* Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
* Richard Burr of North Carolina
* George Voinovich of Ohio
* Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
* Jim DeMint of South Carolina
* John Thune of South Dakota
* Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
* Bob Bennett of Utah

2. vsap - July 24, 2009

Even if you are wrong, as Patrick Henry said, I will defend to the death your right to say it! All of those Senators will be re-elected and the 2010 elections will see a Republican sweep like that of 1994. I can be patient knowing good people, showing Common Sense, will not allow PresBO and the Democrats to get away with more of our money and power.


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