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A Taxing Disagreement - The Constitution
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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In case you’re wondering, you don’t get merit badges for challenging the President’s ideas in public. It’s not a giant thrill to hit google news and see your news release next to the press statement from the White House. But when it comes to the federal government messing with people’s health care we just can’t stay silent. When Mrs. Clinton launched a proposal for a government takeover of health care in 1994, we fought the plan in 14 states.

Now President Bush wants to tax company paid health care for the first time in American history. That’s a really bad idea and somebody has to say it out loud. The White House is claiming it will only tax health plans that exceed the national average in cost. How does that make it better? Some of those plans are expensive because the people covered are sick and in need. We should tax sick people more than the healthy? Some people sacrifice careers, wages and lifestyle to hold onto better health care, just in case they need it. Should we tax them for protecting themselves?

But it gets worse. Why should the White House or the Congress decide that no one should have more than average care without penalty? Why should the federal government be involved at all in how much or how little health insurance you buy and how you pay for it? Can anyone find that authority in the US Constitution?

Which all takes us back to 1994. Whenever politicians in Washington start talking about making decisions over your health care—watch out for the fine print. The Clinton Health Security Act was over 1200 pages with lots of dangerous footnotes. The Bush White House is trying hard to spin this new plan as helping the self-employed and uninsured.  But in the fine print there is a whole new legal precedent, a brand new tax, and the invasion of the IRS into a place they have never been before.

If you are concerned at all, now is the time to call the White House.

More information on health care issues in America.

A Taxing Disagreement - The Constitution  - January 30th, 2007

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