Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

Print More Money To Finance Health Care!

Statement By James L. Martin

Arlington, VA — The President wants $634 billion dollars over 10 years as a “down payment” to finance health care. Since the President and this Congress are dealing in fantasy numbers, why not double, even triple that staggering amount? How to pay for it? That’s easy.

Print money! Or tax the rich!!

But the Wall Street Journal weighs in by stating, “Even the most basic inspection of the IRS income tax statistics shows that raising taxes on the salaries, dividends and capital gains of those making more than $250,000 (the President’s oft-cited break point for “the rich”) can’t possibly raise enough revenue to fund Obama’s new spending ambitions.”

The so-called “wealthy” club is too small! We need more rich folks!

Obviously these are Looney Tune numbers.

To be serious for a moment, seniors know that our health care system can, and should, provide portability and the technical wherewithal for better record-keeping, to name just two improvements. And where wasteful inefficiencies can be excised, they should. But my old bones tell me the free marketplace of robust competition is the elixir, not more bloated government!

As head of a national seniors’ association, what I don’t want to see Uncle Sam doing is determining which doctors fit a mandated profile. I don’t want to ever see a government “doctor czar.” Nor do I ever want to see the long, obtrusive arm of big government inside my doctor’s office telling my chosen physician how to examine or what to examine!