Posts Tagged ‘Obamacare’

US Government Spends More On Healthcare Than ANY Other Major Country

August 10, 2009

Health Expenditure (WHO)Obamacare proponents have long decried the “failure” of free market health care in the U.S. “If only we had more government money” they said!

“If only we could throw some more taxpayer dollars at it then everything would be okay! The free market has failed, so we need government to step in!”

We have a free market in healthcare in the U.S at the moment?

Yeah, right.

In fact, the U.S Government spends more per person than any other major developed country.

I repeat. Per person, the U.S Government spends more per person than pretty much any other government. This isn’t total spending. This doesn’t include insurance or individual payments. This is government spending. Only. These are OUR taxdollars. And we have more government involvment in health than any other major nation.

This is NOT a free market. This is a clear case of government failure.

If Obamacare is enacted, we will be spending close to $4,000 in taxpayer dollars – in the most inefficient way possible. We already spend more taxpayer dollars than Europe on health, and it clearly hasn’t work.

At the moment, the U.S has a world class private system, but also with government muddying the water, interfereing, and creating the many problems that currently do exist.

The solution is NOT to do more of that which has failed. Rather, is it to take advantage of what works: the market.

The solution is NOT more government – it is less.

(Originally posted at Americans for Tax Reform)

U.S. Taxpayer to Face Higher Top Marginal Tax Rate Than Communist China Or Cuba

July 20, 2009


RNC Chairman Michael Steele compared President Obama’s proposal for government-run healthcare represented socialism. He’s wrong. He doesn’t go far enough. This has gone beyond mere socialism. In fact, this is beyond even communism.

If Obamacare is enacted, then the American taxpayer will face a higher top marginal tax rate than either communist China or Cuba.

This is not a joke.

We have already commented on how, if enacted, President Obama’s proposal would result in the U.S. having a top marginal tax rate of over 50% – higher than France, Germany and Italy. A recent state by state analysis, however, reveals how truly frightening a prospect we have in front of us.
Thirty nine states would have a top marginal tax rate of over 50%, and in some it would be as high as 57.5%. That’s right, 57.5% – almost three-fifths of everything you earn. In fact, if you live in Oregon, you will have the distinct pleasure of having the second highest top tax rate in the in the world (second only to Denmark). Even if you live in lowest taxing states – the states without an income tax – this proposal will still have you paying a top marginal tax of 47.5%.

The People’s Republic of China has a top marginal tax rate of 45%, and Cuba has a top marginal tax rate of 50%.

This means that every single state would have a higher top marginal tax rate than communist China. Over two-thirds of all stateswould have a higher top marginal tax rate than communist Cuba.

Allow me to stress this point: under these proposals, the top tax rate in the supposedly capitalist U.S would be considerably higher in the supposed capitalist U.S. than in the last remaining bastions of dogmatic Marxism. Words genuinely do fail me.

In any event, it any surprise that the top 5 taxing states have an average unemployment rate a full 1% higher than the national average, and we have calculated that if enacted, Obama’s taxes will total over $4 trillion, or $4,000 per household.

Similarly, is it surprising that the Washington Post today reported that support for Obama’s health care plan has plummeted, with disapproval almost doubling in the last month, particularly independents in particular, where a clear plurality now disapproves of President Obama’s handling of healthcare. Rassmussen polls give President Obama a disapproval index of -7%, (in January, it was at +30).

Whether it be in the plummeting poll numbers, or in the hundreds of thousands marching at tea parties, the message is loud, clear, and unambiguous. The American people will NOT stand for this fundamental violation of the principles our Republic was founded upon. As the rest of the world embraces economic freedom, we can NOT descend into establishing a tax burden even higher here than in the heart of world communism.

President Obama and Congress should take heed. Enough really is enough.