By Ben Cohen
A sensible approach funding a health care package is finally discussed by House Democrats:
House Democrats will ask the wealthiest Americans to help pay for
overhauling the health care system with a $550 billion income tax
increase, the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee said
The proposal calls for a surtax on individuals earning at least
$280,000 in adjusted gross income and couples earning more than
$350,000, said the chairman, Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York.
It would generate about $550 billion over 10 years to pay about half
the cost of the legislation, Mr. Rangel said. As the proposal envisions
it, the rest of the cost would be covered by lower spending on Medicare, the government health plan for the elderly, and other health care savings.
Given the monstrous tax breaks the super rich have enjoyed over the past 8 years, it's about time they contributed their fair share to the government. Republicans (and some idiotic Democrats) still believe reform can happen without paying for it, but the reality is that the system is so corrupt and inefficient, it isn't really an option. And given the huge outcry from Progressives over Rahm Emmanuel's slip that the Obama Administration wouldn't necessarily go for the public insurance plan, the likelihood that a medicare like package will be extended to the rest of the population seems more likely than ever. At least that's the way it looks now - not always the best indicator of what will actually pass.