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Irony Tax

Doesn’t it seem a bit ironic that even though a majority of Americans support single-payer health insurance, many of those same people are upset about employer-provided health insurance benefits becoming taxable?

After all, in single payer (which I strongly support) health care would be payed for by taxes. Your taxes. It would just be one large insurance pool, with everyone in it.

But when someone starts talking about a specific tax — taxing health care benefits just like any other income — well that’s taking away my money.

They gave us a republic has a good article in the same vein. It is short, and pretty humorous. Read it.

We really have become the credit card generation. I want it now, but I don’t want to have to pay for it. Maybe that’s how we got into the current mess we are in with health care. As long as my employer is paying for my health insurance, it is easy for me to imagine that it is free. And who needs to hold down health care costs? I’m not paying for it!


One Comment

  1. Getting people to compromise seems to be an enormously difficult task these days.

    It would appear that the unions are in favor of the (very progressive) income tax increases in the House bill rather than the (comparatively regressive) consumption tax on Cadillac insurance plans in the Senate bill.

    Monday, January 18, 2010 at 9:06 am | Permalink