Max Baucus wants to tax your health insurance benefits
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The Senate Finance Committee provided an early glimpse of ways Congress might pay for the overhaul of health care President Barack Obama wants, outlining a range of options that included new taxes on employer-provided health insurance and levies on sugar-sweetened drinks.
You know how poor people are all fat? It's the soft drinks. All this is really for their own good! [Commenters: Let's not focus on the snark, mkay? The point is class bias, not fizzy flavored water]
And you know the other problem? The peasants have too much health care. I kid you not:
In a document released yesterday, committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the panel’s top Republican, said taxing health benefits would address so-called “Cadillac plans” they said promote overuse of health-care services and boost the cost of care. The two senators also proposed scouring Medicare and other aspects of the U.S. health-care system for cost savings.
I'd sure like to meet somebody with one of those "Cadillac plans." [Noting, in passing, the meme-ic echo to the lies Reagan [crosses self] used to tell about welfare Cadillacs] Somehow, I don't think Baucus has in mind the Cadillac plans of CEOs -- who can actually spend "several hours" talking to their doctors when they get a checkup under their "Executive Health Programs!
“Health-care reform must preserve the things Americans like about our health-care system,” [Especially the insurance companies! Not] Baucus said in a statement. “But it must also begin to slow the rapid increases in health-care costs that take up more and more of the budget for American families and businesses.”
Meanwhile, the FKD aligns the pieces on the board:
1. Tax previously untaxed employer-based health insurance benefits, and
2. Use the new taxes to subsidize the public option uninsured, while
3. Painting a big bright target named "welfare" and "entitlement" on the back of the public option for the bad cops, the Republicans, to shoot at, therefore
4. Ensuring that the public option is never properly funded, which will
5. Ruin its reputation, just like Medicare Part D (privatized) devalued the Medicare (public) brand, so that
6. The health insurance parasites keep sucking their fees, and
7. the health insurance CEOs kick back the FKD a nice fat percentage in campaign contributions (besides maintaining the ecology of K Street in good looting order).
Enough Dimensions for ya?
Oh, and never mind that the health insurance parasites take 30% of the health care dollar for CEO salaries, profit, and administration, vs 3% for a public plan, saving at least $350 billion a year. Never mind that single payer has worked everywhere it's been tried, and delivered far better value for money. Never mind that the administration wants to experiment, instead of adopting what's known to work. Never mind that single payer is the science-based solution.
Gotta make sure those health insurance parasites keep sucking!