Next on the Obama agenda, taxing employer provided health care benefits:
The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.
At a recent Congressional hearing, Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat whose own health plan would make benefits taxable, asked Peter R. Orszag, the president’s budget director, about the issue. Mr. Orszag replied that it “most firmly should remain on the table.”
The scariest words in the column are "to help pay for overhauling the health care system". Rather than screw up everybody's health care why not just concentrate on those who don't have insurance? There are already programs available, paid for by taxpayers, for those who can't afford it:
Most Americans -- about 170 million -- get private health coverage through an employer, although some buy their own private insurance. Others are eligible for public programs that offer coverage to the elderly and disabled (Medicare), the poor (Medicaid) and low-income children (State Children's Health Insurance Program).
The rampant waste, fraud and abuse in those programs should be warning to us all. The federal government should not be in the health care business. But Barack Obama is determined and he has the majority in Congress to help him push this radical agenda. The only problem is, how to pay for it. The disaster in waiting will be paid for by the American worker.
You might remember during the Presidential campaign that John McCain proposed a fairly bold health care plan that would have involved a tax on the employer-based portion of your health care benefits. Barack Obama attacked it almost immediately with a commercial that was patently dishonest. He excoriated John McCain for being “so radical, so out of touch with what you’re facing, and so out of line with our basic values” and said this about the plan:
He loves to talk about his tax credit. But what he doesn’t tell you is
that he taxes health care benefits for the first time in history.
Millions lose the health care that they have. And millions more will
pay for the health care that they get. It’s the same approach President
Bush road-tested a few years ago. But if John McCain were to succeed
where George Bush failed, it could have disastrous results.
Well, I don’t think that’s right. I don’t think we should settle for health care that works better for drug and insurance companies than it does for hard working Americans. I don’t think that’s the change we need. We can do better than that.
Now we know what Obama meant by "Change". It's taxing.