Fixing America In 500 Words Or
WHO IS REALLY
Lifting the Health Care
Claims by politicians that raising taxes on the wealthy will cause job losses and hurt small business are historically
false. During the Eisenhower and Kennedy years, when upper-income tax brackets reached as high as 91%, the
majority of working and middle-class American families enjoyed a quality lifestyle on a single wage-earner
income. Virtually no child lacked health care and homelessness was essentially unheard of.
Anyone who has owned a small business knows that the entire "Joe the Plumber" charade is just one great big
lie. Few plumbers or owners of small privately-held companies in America earn a net taxable income over $250,000
per year. Most small business owners re-invest excess profits to grow their business and otherwise, avoid paying taxes.
The higher people are taxed on excess income, whether or not they own a business, the more incentive they have to
invest that income back into what will grow the economy and increase jobs. Raising taxes on net taxable income
above $250,000, as President Obama proposed, would serve to increase jobs and stimulate the economy, the opposite
of what bought-and-paid-for politicians and right-wing media hacks pretend is true.
If Medicare was expanded into a single-payer universal system, health care could be paid for by taxing all income above the poverty level the
same percentage. This would lower health care costs and retail prices considerably and, greatly stimulate
our economy by removing a huge financial burden off many employers, eliminating the significant cost of employer-provided health coverage.
Because income up to the poverty level would be exempt, it would cost the poor almost nothing to have quality health
care. And, it would cost the working and middle-classes far less than they pay now, when lower costs for
goods and services are factored in, along with the elimination of the mega-bite of at least 25 cents that insurance companies and
other unnecessary industry components take from every health care dollar.
There is no rational argument when weighing the current U.S. patchwork health care fiasco against the universal health
systems of France, Germany, Japan and Sweden. Middle and working class citizens in these nations receive much better care
and, the cost to insure all citizens is 10% or less of total GNP. The cost to Americans is a staggering 15% of GNP,
while this much greater cost still leaves almost half of us with inadequate care and one out of six with no health
care at all.
When taxes are lowered on the wealthy, as they have consistently been from President Reagan forward, everybody eventually
loses, including the wealthy. The poor, working and middle classes reach a point where they can no longer afford
to purchase goods and services. This is underscored by the growing gap between the wealthy and poor, millions of mortgages defaulting, rows of
houses sitting empty, auto dealerships and retail centers closing down and high unemployment rates.
Is “Joe the Plumber” just a scam? Is the entire Demo/Publican corporate-party system just a scam? Who is really
scamming who? You decide. ¹
1. See Should We Care if Everyone
Has Health Care? for documentation, health care statistics and more infromation.
WHO IS REALLY LYING
ABOUT HEALTH CARE?
Statements in bold below come from Republican Party literature handed out at a health care rally in Nashville on
August 13, 2009, prior to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, commonly called the Affordable Care Act and more commonly
known as "Obamacare". Due to the extensive overt lies contained in this Republican propaganda, this particular chapter does not adhere to the
500 word limit. Numbered items in bold are various Republican Party approved points, followed by brief responses in non-bold normal font.
A) REPUBLICANS SAY: “We need to reform health care because it costs too much.”
Republicans under Junior Bush passed a so-called Medicare
“reform” bill highly favorable to pharmaceutical companies and the health care industry. Legislation passed prohibits the federal government from
negotiating discounts with drug companies, which would serve to greatly reduce the cost of medicine for seniors and all American taxpayers. Other
legislation first passed in 1987 under President Reagan, often ignored by American citizens desperate for affordable medications, prohibits Americans
from purchasing far less expensive often exact same medicine from outside of our borders.
This type of draconian legislation makes purchasing drugs from foreign sources far less regulated and more dangerous than it otherwise
would be. Thus, such current Republican cries for health care reform ring particularly hollow, reeking of partisan political charades and
complete and total dishonesty. It should be noted that what eventually became known as "Obamacare" was originally proposed by
Republicans. Universal health care, rather than either Obamacare or our current broken piecemeal fiasco of a system, is a far, far, far better,
far, far, far easier and far, far, far less expensive option for every American citizen. In particular, Americans who care about their own health and
the health of their own children, which is greatly jeopardized when people within our borders lack necessary care to help minimize common
REPUBLICANS SAY: “Make health insurance portable so Americans can keep their coverage when they change jobs.”
Making health care
insurance portable does nothing to reduce dramatically rising health care costs, eliminate high deductibles and co-payments, help the uninsured or people
with pre-existing conditions or, prevent insurers from refusing to cover the sickest among us. As already noted, it would be very far less
expensive, simpler and easier if we had universal health care, like every half-way sane nation on earth already has.
The United States ranks 37th in quality of health care, while France, which insures all of her citizens for 2/3rds the cost, consistently ranks in the
top three and usually number one in health care quality. All other nations with universal health care pay less than France—every nation with
universal health care pays far less than the United States for typically better care along with at or close to 100% coverage. ¹
It is quite literally insane for a modern nation to not have universal health care for everyone living within it's borders, if for no other reason than
to prevent communicable diseases, which can lead to national and global pandemic disaster.
C) REPUBLICANS SAY: “Provide tax credits to make health care more affordable and accessible.”
Doing this would solve none of the problems
noted previously. Republicans in Congress under Junior Bush pushed to reduce federal funding for health care, including opposing helping
uninsured children. This reeks of the worst kind of partisan political charades and complete and total dishonesty. As always, universal
health care is a far, far, far better, far, far, far easier and far, far, far less expensive option for every American citizen.
REPUBLICANS SAY: “President Obama and Democrats are con- ducting a dangerous 1.6 trillion dollar experiment with our health care.”
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare will cost the federal government less than 150 billion annually for the next ten
years. ² This does not consider the significant gain in lost productivity noted above or the fact that many thousands of American deaths
from lack of health care will be prevented. Compare this to the 3 trillion plus dollars the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq initiated by Junior Bush
cost American taxpayers, allegedly initiated because of the deaths of 3,000 American citizens, a number ten times less than the minimum estimated number
of Americans who die annually from lack of health care.
Or, compare the hundreds of billions of dollars Republicans continue to allocate for various planes and other war machines that even the Pentagon
admits are totally unnecessary and quite frankly, an expensive training, storage and upkeep ongoing nuisance to the U.S. military. Apparently,
Republicans believe pretending to protect us from harmful dictators in foreign lands, who coincidentally, just happen to be sitting on significant
stockpiles of oil, is more important than protecting American citizens against contagious diseases and death from lack of health care here at home.
It is estimated at least 30,000 Americans die from lack of health care every year. Tax cuts for the wealthy under Bush alone would cover the cost
for Obamacare and, provide a home for every homeless veteran as well. Annual losses in national productivity, due to the spread of common contagious
diseases preventable if everyone had access to health care, costs Americans trillions of dollars in lost productivity, as well as many days suffering
through far from pleasant easily preventable common colds, flues and other communicable diseases, a cost far, far, far higher than it would cost to
insure everyone living within our borders. As always, universal health care is a far, far, far better, far, far, far easier and far, far, far less
expensive option for every American citizen.
E) REPUBLICANS SAY: [Obamacare] “would raise taxes by 800 billion, mostly on small business.”
President Obama proposed raising taxes on
personal net income over $250,000 annually to help pay for health care reform. Republican opposition is a continuation of the ongoing "Joe the
Plumber" lie as noted in the previous chapter above and, never dissected properly by the corporate-controlled media. Almost no plumbers or owners
of small independently-owned companies earn over 250K net income annually after deductions. Also, businesses employing less than 50 people are not
required to pay for health care under Obamacare. As always, it would be very far less expensive, simpler and easier to have universal health care,
like every half-way sane nation on earth already has.
F) REPUBLICANS SAY: [Obamacare] “would create a national set of one-size-fits-all regulations, making health care more expensive for
This is not at all what Obamacare does but even if it did, it would serve to greatly reduce the cost for everyone, if the health
care industry was forced to bid against the entire U.S. population base. As always, universal health care is a far, far, far better, far, far, far
easier and far, far, far less expensive option for every American citizen.
G) REPUBLICANS SAY: [Obamacare] “would impose new regulations for existing plans that would make your employer drop your plan or make your
current insurance carrier stop offering your plan.”
Proposed regulations would actually have the opposite effect than what is pretended in
this Republican propaganda. They include requiring employers to insure employees or else, pay a penalty to offset the costs of a government
option. New regulations force insurers to accept all people, regardless of pre-existing conditions and, require them to cease dropping patients
who are deemed "too expensive" for profit margins. As always, it would be very far less expensive, simpler and easier to have universal health
care, like every half-way sane nation on our planet already has.
H) REPUBLICANS SAY: [Obamacare] “would create a government run insurance option that would unfairly drive out competitors to become a
Since deregulation began under Ronald Reagan, major insurance corporations have essentially become a monopoly, unfairly driving
out smaller competitors and, insurers who attempted to provide honest coverage. Predominately supported by Republicans, deregulation initiated
from President Reagan forward eliminated rules that once prevented the industry from refusing to pay for expensive treatments and, prevented once
protected poor and elderly patients from being literally dumped out the backs of ambulances onto Skid Row, as was famously video taped and revealed
on national television.
Unlike Theodore Roosevelt and from President Reagan forward, Republicans have done everything in their power to encourage private business
monopoly, while doing everything in their power to reduce anything worthwhile our government engages in domestically to help our citizens. Such as,
refusing to fund much needed public highway, electrical, sewer, dam and other necessary repair and construction, cutting back on funding for public
education and in particular at higher levels, cutting back funding for police, fire, library, national parks and other necessities for a quality life
of liberty and pursuit of happiness. As always, universal health care is a far, far, far better, far, far, far easier and far, far, far less
expensive option for every American citizen.
It is true the Democrats are grossly in error regarding health care, bowing to corporate pressure and pretending that we can expect to survive as a
modern nation, while leaving insurance industry profits in the way of achieving quality affordable health care for us all. The historical facts
have over and over again demonstrated this to be a complete and total lie. But, which party is really, really, really, really, really, really,
really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really lying about health care? You decide.
1. See Should We Care if Everyone Has Health Care? for statistics and more information.
2. According to a Congressional Budget Office report released in April of 2014:  :“Relative to their previous projections made in February 2014,
CBO and JCT now estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in lower net costs to the federal government: The agencies currently project a
net cost of $36 billion for 2014, $5 billion less than the previous projection for the year; and $1,383 billion for the 2015–2024 period, $104
billion less than the previous projections. . .Health insurance premiums are lower than CBO originally projected, saving the government $190
billion. . .The projection made originally in 2012 that the ACA would reduce the deficit is still valid, and deficit reduction is greater than
anticipated two years ago.” See Article Linked Here for more information.
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