I don’t know about you, but when I hear lawmakers talking in the trillions of our tax dollars and, at the same time, making it look like they’re doing us a favor by trying to find ways to save us money, I don’t get a warm fuzzy feeling.
The sticker price of Obama’s health care plan is $1 trillion but that is probably only the beginning. The cost of government-run DMV-style health care could go as high as $2 trillion over the next ten years…and we, the people, the taxpayers, will be paying for every cent!
How will we afford a $ 2 trillion nationalized health care program which lawmakers tell us we need to sustain health care in this country?
Well, one of the ways lawmakers are looking at is “an extra tax on sugary…beverages,” according to Politics at foxnews.com.
As benevolent and benign as that might sound because – well, we could all do with drinking less soda and, if we want to drink it, we should pay a little more perhaps to do it – think about it before you agree. Unless lawmakers are specific in defining what kind of sugar they mean to tax in those “sugary” drinks, we could be paying a tax on fruit juice (which contains a natural sugar from the fruit) as well as many other healthy drinks.
I don’t like the idea of big government getting bigger. But furthermore, I don’t like the idea of lawmakers getting involved in health care which most of them know nothing about. If lawmakers want to reduce the cost of health care and make it more available to everyone – which would be nice – then they should get out of the way of people who could innovate and create ways to improve health care in this country.
Here are some suggestions:
- Lawmakers could create tax incentives for companies, communities, etc., who create co-ops or some other type of program to make health care accessible to their employees, residents, etc.
- Lawmakers could create grants, low-interest loans, and other incentives for those who set up community clinics.
- Lawmakers could get out of the way, taking a tip from President Reagan, and encourage charities, and other non-profits, to pick up health care in low income areas.
Before we jump into a government-run plan which could prove economically devastating to this country, we should give ourselves the time to look at other options.