Email #23, Subject: tax incentive health care?

Under Obamacare, if you don’t get insurance, you get taxed. The GOP keeps calling that “socialism.” I don’t care about the label. I care about how the Republican health care plan is going to be better. You said you want to “increase the number of tax incentives for maintaining health insurance.” So instead of being taxed for not getting insurance, you get a tax break for getting insurance. Obviously that sounds great. You also propose tax-funding high risk insurance pools for the old and sick. So how does that math work? You decrease tax revenue by giving tax incentives and you increase tax spending by subsidizing high-risk insurance. Since you support a balanced budget amendment, you must recognize the enormity of the problem you are creating. The only way for this to work, is for it not to work. Is that your real plan? To create a program designed to collapse, and then de-fund the high-risk group because you have no fiscal choice? If not, please explain how you think the Empowering Patients First Act could possibly work?

Chris Gavaler


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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