November 20th, 2009
03:29 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate tax hike misses the mark

New York ( - The health care bill that faces a crucial test vote in the Senate on Saturday is proof that getting reform passed and getting it right are two very different things.

Both are hard. But the pursuit of votes has weakened key elements with the most promise of reducing overall health spending.

Exhibit A: The eleventh-hour introduction of a Medicare tax hike as a way to help pay for reform.

Health care reform, to succeed, must not only help more people get coverage but also slow the growth in health costs and spending.

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  1. LacrosseDad

    they have so many shells in this con game the loony left can't even keep track themselves....lefty whackos

    November 20, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. New Independent from Iowa

    Bet this doesn't get posted but here goes. Thanks to Obama 's Health Care for all I'm losing my medicare insurance. This is not being addressed. I won't completely lose medicare, it will just cost more and I have to change to a different plan. I'm not rich but on the bottom of the middle-class. I can quarantee that whoever supports this "great" idea will lose their jobs come election time because thousands like me will get out and work to defeat them.

    November 20, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Gerry

    The people that want the public option are people without health care. Nobody in their right mind would want this thing. You are going to put 30 to 40 million people more on health care and it will not cost one penny more. If you believe this then I believe that you need to see a mental health specialist.

    November 20, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. tine

    Obama gave 95% tax cut this year? I don't feel it. A $15 to 25$ per pay not even enough to pay for Claritin allegy medicine plus Advil. The administration today is just sucking our blood like vampires - and we American people happen to let them do it. Instead of taxing poor people, they should focus on fixing their mess in jobs creation numbers that are flaud, fix their encompetence managing the stimulus after wasting billions.
    Taxing people in anyway or form is killing us gently -

    November 20, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. John in Indy

    wow, how can so many folks read the same news and still come up with such different views. There is a certain country in Europe that has cradle-to-grave health and wellfare benefits for all. in order to support the entire population the govt has their fingers in every piece of every pie and the personal taxation for every person is 65%. This is a small country, about 50 million people, and everything seems nice. It is until you see that there is a brain drain and that innovation and new commerce is very small. The average age is climbing as the young people take their govt degrees and leave so that they can grow. The Govt option is a 1st step and it will not be cheap. The laws of entropy mean that it will be more expensive because of all the hands that the money change between patient and doctor. The one thing that congress could do is strong tort reform... nada, zip, zero, doesn't exist. $50 million to "study" the problem is doing nothing. Lets CUT corporate taxes, cap gain taxes and other expenses that make the U.S. the 2nd most expensive place to do business in the world, and lets let the massive upswing in production and employment bail us out of the hole we've dug for ourselves!

    November 20, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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