No better than paying taxes
Agood friend of mine was going about his daily life when suddenly he had chest pains. He went to the emergency room and the ER doctor sent him to a cardiologist.
The cardiologist’s conclusion was that my friend had some veins and arteries in his heart that were clogged.
The remedy was that he needed some stents put in his heart.
“Do you want the operation this afternoon or in the morning?” The cardiologist asked him.
I’m happy to say he got the needed operation and is still alive today. Fortunately, he had a job that has a great healthcare insurance plan.
Most of the Democrats running for president want to abandon our current healthcare insurance system for one where the government is the sole provider of health care insurance.
They are in such a hurry to let everybody have the same insurance paid for by the government that they don’t stop to consider why the current system exists.
During World War II, the American military was taking up many resources. This caused a shortage here in the United States of many goods and services that had been plentiful before the war.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided the country needed a freeze on the cost of goods and services to prevent wartime inflation.
He signed an executive order that froze prices and costs — including a wage freeze.
Businesses needed a way to attract and keep good employees. Since
FDR’S order prevented them from offering more money, business owners looked for other ways to compensate employees.
While the federal government controlled the price of everything you buy, where you worked, and how much you made, businesses discovered the order did not cover health care insurance.
To attract and keep their best workers, businesses offered to provide health insurance to employees.
After the war, Congress passed a law that exempted health care insurance from being considered part of an employee’s taxable wages. Employers and employees did not like the idea of paying more in taxes so it become popular to offer better insurance benefits than to raise taxable wages.
That is how the current system of insurance provided by the employer evolved.
The presidential candidates wanting some form of government funded health insurance such as Medicare for All, understand that such programs will cost a lot more money — money that is paid for by the taxpayers.
It is popular to say any federal government program will be paid for by taxing the rich. The truth is that taxing the rich — which most people consider themselves not to be — is a great idea.
Raising taxes on the “rich” is like one of those “if-it-tastes-good spit it out” diets. It is a great idea — for someone else.
As this country saw when Barack Obama needed to pay for Obamacare, the definition of “rich” depends on who defines it.
At first, people who made more than a million dollars a year were going to pay. That didn’t raise enough money so that figure was revised downward until the definition rich basically included anybody with a job.
Liberal politicians try to sell the idea that the righteousness of federal spending makes you desire to pay more because of the benefits you will receive from new government programs.
In other words, the government can spend your hard-earned money better than you can. There is a word for what this is that I can’t print in a family newspaper. Let’s just say the adjective most often used with that word is “bull.”
While some may feel that they don’t pay enough taxes, most people think they pay too much in taxes and will go to great lengths to avoid paying more taxes. People pay CPAS and tax lawyers to find every possible reason not to pay more in taxes.
Politicians who want the government to tax people more instead of allowing private insurance companies to do their job fail to realize two things.
First, the government never does anything better than a private business.
Second, the people who have great work-provided plans loose compensation when they go from a great insurance plan to a bare-bones government plan.
People don’t like that any better than paying more taxes.
JIM HARRIS Conservative Corner