Declare the Pennies
Submitted By Todd on June 19th at 3:32pm
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Increasing the price of soda and other sugary drinks by 10 cents a can.This is only right. After all, sugary drinks cause obesity, and being overweight will soon be illegal - otherwise, how will we be able to afford ObamaCare?
Applying a potential 2 percent income tax increase to single taxpayers earning more than $200,000 a year and households earning more than $250,000.Whether the money is needed or not, this tax should go into effect. Those who are doing well must be punished, after all.
A new employer payroll tax could target 3 percent of employers' health care expenditures.This makes perfect sense - since the real problem is that health care is too expensive, we would naturally want to make it more expensive by taxing it, no?
Taxing employer-provided health insurance benefits above certain levels - a less likely option but one that still is in the running.Just in case the payroll tax increase doesn't punish business enough.
House Democrats released the outline of their health care reform bill Friday - a proposal that would create a public insurance option, expand Medicaid, and require to provide coverage or pay a tax.A mandate - forcing all Americans to buy a health care plan, is vital, because we need that money to pay for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, the costs of which are spinning out of control. Democrats can't admit this, so they seek new socialism to pay for the old.
A new public health insurance plan, strongly opposed by Republicans, would compete with private companies within a new health care purchasing "exchange" where Americans could shop for coverage. Government subsidies would help the poor buy care.The public option is needed so that there will be something to turn to once the government has successfully driven all the private insurers out of the health care business.
The outline did not include details on how Democrats would pay for the plan.Remember, private insurers are those evil entities that help pressure providers to lower their costs, help pressure drug makers to lower their costs, and who compete against each other to see who can offer insurance more cheaply. You wouldn't want to have those forces around moving forward, would you?
The public option is more liberal than what senators are considering, and it is likely to draw fire from the American Medical Association because of the payment levels. It would pay Medicare rates during the ramp-up phase.A Medicare-style "public option" is popular with the Imagine All the People Sharing All the World crowd because it appears so efficient. Medicare, on average, pays about 70 cents for every dollar it is billed by doctors and hospitals. This impresses those Imagining having Nothing to Kill or Die For.
Doctors say government reimbursement barely covers the cost of treating elderly Medicare patients, who typically have more than one health problem, take multiple medications and require more office time.Where does the missing 30 cents come from when Medicare shortchanges the medical system so it can offer such miraculously thrifty insurance? From you and me. The doctors and hospitals have to charge us more to cover the cost of the public plans already in place.
Doctors' offices and clinics usually can break even on Medicare patients and are reimbursed at about 70 cents on the dollar for the costs of caring for Medicaid patients, said Dr. Rocky White of Alamosa, who took a job with Kaiser in Denver in January after his clinic closed. Several physicians said they aim to limit Medicare patients to 10 percent to 15 percent of their practice.The public plan that Obama seeks will provide savings, the theory goes, by using this same technique - paying only 70 percent of the bill. The trouble is, as you move more people into the socialism model, whose going to reimburse doctors for their stolen money?
But every year, the gap between the reimbursement rate approved by Congress and the cost of caring for Medicare patients widens, said Mike Pramenko, a family physician in Grand Junction.There will be less money in the system, which means the quality of care has to go down, and the opportunities to be cared for will have to be tightened up on.
"As the gap grows, so does the desire and the ability to see patients who can't cover your costs," he said.Where will the drug company profits come from... the profits that are used to develop new drugs? There won't be any profits anymore, so the head of GM, President Obama, will have to decide which drugs to put into development. We can't wait.