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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Latest Idea To Raise Your Taxes: Tax Your Employer Provided Health Benefits

If the Democrats are trying to paint themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility, they are failing miserably. The porkulus/spendulus bill was the major indicator that the Dems have absolutely no intention of ever bringing spending under control. Now, they have to look at ways of paying for that pork-laden legislation as well as paying for all the other pork-laden political hand-out bills they are proposing.

Thus, they once again prove that they have not had an original idea since Franklin Delano Roosevelt and have proposed a new tax for you to pay. But not just any tax. This time, it is a tax on your health care benefits, the same benefits you need to take care of your family's medical needs.

According to the Washington Post:

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the tax-writing Finance Committee, has repeatedly advocated changing tax laws to include employer benefits, arguing that it makes sense to fund the health-care changes by sucking cash out of the existing system.

This proposal highlights two things:

1) It means that the Dems lied when they said they only wanted to tax "the rich" since this tax would extend all the way down the income scale and affect every worker that recieves health benefits from their employer.

2) It is an attempt to make private health care artificially more expensive so that the Dems can use it as an excuse to impose a disastrous nationalized health care system on us.

And this little lie from Ron Wyden:

"I think it's extremely important from a credibility standpoint to show the American people that you're making savings in the enormous sums now being spent on health care before you go out and ask them for billions of dollars more," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the sponsors of that proposal. "And I don't think I'm the only senator who feels that way."

Savings? What savings? By imposing more taxes, Congress would be artificially inflating the price of health care. There is absolutely no "savings" in that at all. Why did Wyden utter such a lie?

Taxing the American people is not the answer. No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity and socialized health care has been a disaster everywhere it has been implemented.

We don't need socialism. We need free market capitalism, including in the health care markets.

You can access the original article on-line here:

Workers' Health Benefits Eyed For Taxation
Lori Montgomery
Washington Post
March 12, 2009

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