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originally posted by: stormson
So I thought of a solution to two problems and I'm posting them here for feed back. Constructive opinions welcome.
For healthcare I thought about making a universal health insurance. You sign up for it on your w2, just like you list your dependents at your job. All medical issues are covered. The bottom 2 quintiles pay 5% pre-tax, the next 2 pay 10%, and the top quintile pays 15%. Everyone pays (if they have a job). All medical facilities that take gov money must accept the gov insurance. Pay out will be based on the VA cost, plus 20% (va is non-profit, so take their costs for the procedure and add 20% for profit to the facility). This will force private insurance to lower their premiums, and hospitals to lower their costs. The consumer still has a choice between private and public insurance. Everyone with a job will have options.
For inequality I suggest this. Executive pay is written off (tax deductible) as an operating expense. This insentivizes corps to pay their CEOs more as they can just write it off. I suggest that we remove the executive write off and move it to the middle/low worker. The company can write off all wages for employees making median wage, -10% to +100% (say median is 50k, this would mean all wages from 45k to 100k). This means that corps are insentivized to pay their ceos less, but their actual workers more. The corps actually win in this. They can write off more in wages, and because their employees have more money, the employee can buy more product from the company which increases profit.
These are rough ideas, the nitty gritty belongs to the politicians. If I get enough good feed back to modify these ideas I will suggest them to my politicians and ask you to do the same. If you guys think they are just dumb, I'll scrap them and keep thinking.
originally posted by: stormson
a reply to: Edumakated
income inequality is ceos making hundreds of times more than the average worker. that can be fixed.
at the moment the company is incentivized to pay the ceo gobs of money because that can be written off as a business expense. if that was changed from the ceo to the worker, then the company is incentivized to pay their workers more. the ceo will still make much more than the average worker, just not as much more because the incentive to do so isnt there.
your author example is a really bad one. the average author only makes about 15% of what the publisher sells it for. the warehouse worker works for the publisher, not the author. however, the author does have people they pay, like agents, and that pay is usually a percent of what the author makes. so when the author makes a lot, so does there agent. when walmart makes a lot, it doesnt make any difference to the average worker (they usually dont get bonuses, they just get to keep their jobs) but the ceo gets a massive bonus.
again, many ceos make so much because the company gets a tax break to pay them so much, no because they are really worth it.
as for actors, same for athletes, they have a union that has bargained for a share of the pie. many big actors make their money on the back end, a percentage of the profits. for example, keanu reeves was paid $10 million base for the first matrix, plus 10% of gross sales ($463,517,383 world wide, so another $46 million). he paid his agent 10-20% out of that.
again, the movie did well, so he did well. he did well, so his agent did well.
originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: stormson
How do you battle the corruption that occurs when the CEOs have a business interest in both the Hospital and the insurance provider? We need a Chinese wall between fulfillment and administration.
The problems with our country are not rocket science. The lobbyists force the politicians to pass laws creating cartels and monopolies in exchange for campaign financing.
The problem with Healthcare is like having private prisons. The profit-motive quickly leads to very bad unintended consequences.