Congress is talking about free health care. It sounds so Utopian and it looks like it might have a good chance of becoming law, a gift to the Hoi Polloi. Think again, it’s not what it appears to be. Congress has come to realize that the health care benefits promised to the over 65 retirees are in need of serious financing. I would like to believe that we can avoid socialized medicine (another word for free). This is a way to raise taxes to pay for entitlement programs (Medicare and Medicaid) that have no real funding method in place.
Funding Medicaid and Medicare for people over the age of 65 has to come from somewhere. At that age people do need health care (lots of it). Hmmmmm. Why not offer everyone free health care? Social Security started out the same way in 1935, a 2 percent tax on workers. This way, the government can raise extra money out of the 18 to 50 age group; they don’t get sick much and that’s a good thing. The money this group saves by not buying health insurance will be put to better use. It’s the old “FDR tax the young to pay the old,” plan. We are all going to get old so it’s money in our own pocket. Yea, Right! “Free Health Care” is a euphemism for “Raising Taxes.”
Service is a big issue. Compare it to old time amusement parks. They charged a price for each ride and the lines weren’t long. Now there is a price of admission and unlimited rides (you get to wait forever to ride the event). I call it the Disneyland Effect; you are sold a dream, the real part is the long line.
In today’s world it is pay as you go medicine. Now if/when we go to the System of free health care, we will encounter the "Disneyland Effect," unlimited health care with limited resources. Congress in desperation needs everyone to pay into this free health care plan. It will be a little like the Social Security plan that now takes 20 percent of our paycheck. “By God let’s give Joe Six-pack free health care, he deserves it!” Plus the employer will probably get to pay half of it, just like Social Security. Ever wonder where the employer got the half he matches with your half??? Actual wages could increase 10% and you wouldn’t see a penny of it. If fact, you could become unemployed because your boss couldn’t meet his payroll (assuming the employer and employee both pay 5%).
Do you get the feeling that "We the People" are incredibly stupid or that everyone in Congress use to be a very successful used car salesman??? Read between the lines. I’m sure there will be more than one to stand in, especially if you suddenly become unemployed.
Free health care and a tax stimulus check pulled out of thin air. Do you get the feeling that we are about to have an election?