Ronald Reagan did it. So did Barack Obama. Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton. Jimmy Carter too. One President became famous for it*.George Bush cut taxes and how did that work out for you. Can you say financial crash of 2008?
So who are the media and most of the politicians and Hillary Clinton kidding? Raising taxes whether it is Income Tax or Federal surcharges on products such as gasoline is how we get things done. The key is to raise taxes so that there is redistribution – causing greater savings than the tax raise to the vast majority of Americans comprising the middle and lower classes.
That’s what tax raising, when it comes to medical care, is intended to do. If you love this country’s present medical care industries then perhaps you don’t want a change. Perhaps being 37th in the world is good enough for you. 37!
Even those in the medical community know our healthcare is way too expensive and way too inefficient.** Remember, this is the system that Hillary Clinton wants to tweak just a little. Obamacare is a good thing but millions of Americans are still not insure, the rates continue to skyrocket and the quality of healthcare is overall not that good.
These are the countries with superior overall medical care:
3 San Marino
18 United Kingdom
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
36 Costa Rica
Greece is broke and even they are ranked 14! Really, tweak a little? That’s what realism (according to Hillary) offers.
*George H.W. Bush famously said, “read my lips, no new taxes,” but did raise taxes with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. http://www.ehow.com/info_8424860_presidents-raised-taxes.html
**Despite the claim by many in the U.S. health policy community that international comparison is not useful because of the uniqueness of the United States, the rankings have figured prominently in many arenas. It is hard to ignore that in 2006, the United States was number 1 in terms of health care spending per capita but ranked 39th for infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th for life expectancy.3 These facts have fueled a question now being discussed in academic circles, as well as by government and the public: Why do we spend so much to get so little?
Comparisons also reveal that the United States is falling farther behind each year. Probability of Death for Boys and Men 15 to 60 Years of Age in Sweden, Australia, and the United States, 1970–2007.). In 1974, mortality among boys and men 15 to 60 years of age was nearly the same in Australia and the United States and was one third lower in Sweden. Every year since 1974, the rate of death decreased more in Australia than it did in the United States, and in 2006, Australia’s rate dipped lower than Sweden’s and was 40% lower than the U.S. rate. There are no published studies investigating the combination of policies and programs that might account for the marked progress in Australia. But the comparison makes clear that U.S. performance not only is poor at any given moment but also is improving much more slowly than that of other countries over time. These observations and the reflections they should trigger are made possible only by careful comparative quantification of various facets of health care systems. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp0910064