OK, Mountanman. You're right, I went overboard. My apologies. But my answer
is higher taxes on everyone. But, you have a good point. We have to figure out
how to pay for it. The progress I referred to is that people with preexisting
conditions can now get health insurance, and that young people can stay on their
parents' insurance longer. I think those are two very good things.
"My" president made those things happen. And now most Republicans
consider them good parts of the healthcare law they don't want to erase.
Any number of entitlement programs can disappear as far as I'm concerned,
but not healthcare. No, we can't solve everyone's problems, but
it's important to make reasonable efforts to help people when they are sick
or injured. So, yeah, the budget is a problem, but in my opinion, we cut things
in order to have access to health care.
The HSA is the only way to go. I am self-employed, so I purchase my own medical
insurance. My previous employer was paying about $15,000 per year to insure my
family of 4. I found a high deductible policy that costs $5,000 per year. The
policy has some coverage for basic doctor visits, but there is the potential
that we would have to pay up to $5,000 in a catastrophe. I make a $5,000 annual
contribution to an HSA. The family spends about $2,000 per year from the HSA
(which could include eyeglasses, braces, Lasik and RX drug co-pays), so that
account has a tax free $12,000 balance after four years. I have saved (or
accrued) over $30,000 from what my employer would have paid for the health care
of my family over that period.The HSA is part of the solution to the
problem. It is cheaper today, and provides the potential to solve problems in
the future. If every individual can save money in this manner, each generation
will have funds to pay for future medical care rather than depending on the next
Come on Bill, can't we have a discussion without you calling me names and
trying to insult me? Need I remind you that we are $16.2 trillion in debt and
growing by over $1.5 billion everyday? Obamacare alone is projected to cost
taxpayers (even though we were promised it wasn't a tax) an additional $1.2
trillion each year! So, in all seriousness, I ask you again, who is going to pay
for your entitlements?
Don't fret, Mountanman. The taxpayers will pay for it. There's this
document, maybe you've heard of it, it's called the
"Constitution." Article 8 of this cherished parchment states: "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts
and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general
Welfare of the United States."Haha! Read 'em and weep, my
friend! Are you going to cry now? Like a little baby?
Come on Bill, you want free stuff from the government, please tell us who is
going to pay for it? Your president says he is going to tax the "rich"
but that will only produce enough temporary revenue to fund the federal
government for less than 10 days. What are we going to do about the other 355
days! America is waiting for your answer!
Re: MountainmanWho's going to pay for it? Well, first we powder
up our muskets, then we kill several small varmints, then we skin them, then we
store their furs in "caches," then we market those pelts for large
amounts of money. (I thought you already knew how this worked)
Who is going to pay for this "progress"?
I'm thrilled about the progress this country is making.