Published: Saturday, July 7 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
I love the quote by Margaret Thatcher: "The trouble with socialism is that
eventually you run out of other people's money."
I think that if you figured in the costs of insurance and co pays and all the
other hidden fees in our system that you'll figured out why we have the
most expensive system in the world. I think you'd find that the amount we
pay in taxes and "free market" services like insurance that were the
ones getting ripped off not the French
@Randy seriously Wikipedia? You obviously are one that has no health insurance
otherwise there would be no need to expect a tax increase in January. Therefore
if you are stricken between now and then I would be picking up the bill.
Isn't that welfare Randy? France does pay more taxes. France does have
great healthcare compared to the whole of the U.S. But to those that have health
insurance you are already paying a tax, not to the government but to your
insurance company. Why is there so much wailing over a small tax but people have
no qualms about paying copays and deductibles and thousands in premiums. We are
paying a 30% tax to the insurance company for administration before we even get
our temperature taken.
This isn't rocket science, the French public services are for more
expansive than the US so they pay a higher tax rate. When it comes to actual
health care costs though, France is paying nearly half per person than what is
spent per person in the US.I get tired of reading this argument about
healthcare costs "well they pay more in taxes!!!!!!!!!", they are paying
for other stuff as well as health care.I really don't know why
this concept is so difficult for people to understand.
We just call our texes 'insurance'. Of course health care isn't
free. We just put more of it in the 'denial' column.
There are a few problems with the logic of this letter. First of all, not
everyone is subject to the tax penalty of Romney/Obamacare, just those without
insurance who won't purchase insurance. I agree with the old, more logical
Romney who said that many of those without insurance use the emergency room as
their primary care, the hospitals then pass on those costs to those who do have
insurance or the ability to pay. Free-riding is a big problem in our "sick
care" system.The second problem with the letter is that it fails
to acknowledge that employers who offer insurance are paying a tax of sorts to
insurance companies. In fact, American employers spend almost double the amount
of money towards health care than the French pay in taxes (the portion that goes
towards healthcare.) In other words, the French health care system would
actually save employers (and employees who pay premiums) some serious cash. The
reason European taxes are so high goes well beyond their health system. Their
very generous pension system and public transportation costs eats up most of
their tax revenues.
I meant to say 'taxes' not 'texes'. I guess I shouldn't
be typing out in the sunshine by the trailer. Gotta love summer.
There are 21 different taxes in the ACA. Some we will see in our pay-stubs in
2013. The rest will be manifested in higher health care costs.
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