posted on Oct, 10 2013 @ 09:32 PM
if we could only get folks to support a national sales tax, many of our current troubles, worries and woes would have long-since gone by the
Having a source of tax revenue doesn't mean it will be used properly or in our best interests - that is where costs are shaved to the bone.
A national sales tax would be subject to "percentage inflation" as are state sales taxes. Instead of letting revenues rise proportionately with the
cost of purchase items there always seems to be the constant "need" to raise the tax percentage itself. I would expect the Federal Government to do
Problem number one is that US health care is the world's most expensive, and it certainly is not the best either. The US should start by producing
more doctors. Many US doctors have received their medical education in foreign countries already. The finest physicians are not those who are
motivated to go into medicine for a lucrative and prestigious career path and wealthy lifestyle. We would be better served by caring individuals who
are truly interested in the art and science of medicine, not just pill-pushers. A glut of physicians would weed out those who are only interested in
the wealth the profession currently promises American doctors.
I can tell you I am terrified. If we have any kind of windfall, it will alter our premiums and deductibles. If we make a mistake at some point it
will come back to bite us. The problem is, there are so many variables any of us can make a mistake.
What good is health care access if you are unable to afford food, clothing and shelter. The health care is only an asset if you are ill, injured and
need it. For those who are healthy it is very like paying protection money to keep what is left.
I have always felt it was wise to have a basic coverage plan in case of emergency or sudden illness, but 25% of ones income before taxes just doesn't
make sense to me. This seems to be a benefit that risks your assets and personal property.
I really need more information.
It would seem you have all the information you need to know about this, except for how to get a reasonable and workable plan that truly does bring
affordable care to everyone.
As you, I too am thoroughly terrified that this is another trap lying in wait to strip from any of us our securities and belongings and demand fines
and penalties from anyone who would commit a clerical error or have a sudden stroke of good fortune pass their way.
This scheme could only be deemed "affordable" by either the destitute or the wealthy. It spells a life sentence of servitude and deprivation for
the middle-class. The monthly fees will be excessive and cause for many hardships but that is just the beginning of the cost outlays.
On top of all the affordability problems I am concerned with this further dictating what kind of treatment one will be given and a further loss of
options. I am not 100% convinced that traditional allopathic medicine as taught in US medical schools is always the best solution, nor that the
particular physician describing it will always be correct. I would prefer to choose my own options even if I should happen to choose wrong.
Each day I am thankful I lived frugal and avoided excessive debt so that I had the opportunity to escape the American [medical] nightmare.