The latest bad idea thrown into the arena is Nancy Pelosi's recent suggestion that the government should punish those who have good health insurance to help pay for those who don't. What? Can she be serious? Yes, she is considering taxing insurance plans with high value premiums and great coverage. This is possibly the worst idea to come from this legislature in recent memory. I thought the idea was to fix health care, to help those who can't afford it. I don't think she realizes that this tax plan would utterly stop employers or employee's from having excellent health insurance coverage and would transition them to lower coverage plans - in essence, taking away health coverage.
So why would they want to destroy the really good plans where people are fully cared for? It goes back to the issue of taxing the rich. Pelosi and her fellow collegues really do believe that the higher income class of America should bear the full burden of the lower income classes. They are not interested in promoting or encouraging people to succeed, but only punishing those who do. They don't believe that people who earn a lot of money through hard work, perseverance, or great risk have a right to keep it, but they do believe that those without income, who haven't worked for it, do have a right to some. Where is the logic in that?
I also see this as a step towards a single payer system. The next logical step would be to tax any insurance plan that provides better coverage than the government plan. Why not? It fits within their believe system that everyone is entitled to the same thing, irregardless of effort, personal hard work, abilities, or otherwise.
I spent some time thinking of a better health plan and wrote about it here. I still think these are some good ideas. But, you must understand - I am a capitalist and believe in free market economics. I am not a socialist - which may be why Pelosi won't ever like my plan.
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