Now on NPR news (again!) this morning :-x
Discussion of healthcare, a quote of a republican saying how it was going to cost american families $600/yr till 2014 with benefits. 10 billion a year will be raised BEFORE any healthcare benefits kick in.
So the newsguy (editorial, obviously) goes on to say how that it isn't true, there won't be any new taxes on families. There will be one new tax, a minor tax on elective cosmetic surgery. But that is the only tax.
No taxes for middle class families. Ok. Fine.
There will be few (obviously minor!) fees that will be kicking in right away, some fees on insurance companies, and medical supply companies.
Then they had some quotes by Al Frankenstien about all the benefits that will be starting right away, but at by that point I had a) yelled at the radio and was now b) laughing my head off.
No taxes, but 10 billion in fees per year? That's $33/year for EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD!! Since children don't pay taxes, so maybe a third of the citizens do, that increases substantially!
And they think that these companies are just going to eat 10BLN of fees?
Now add the 10BLN that Secretary of Fate Hillary just promised?
I hate profanity, but I'm really really struggling to keep from swearing lately.
Remember Al Gore? The lying prophet of doom? How 'bout his pet project as VP, the Universal Service Fee? The fee on phone companies that wasn't a tax? The fee that the government tried its hardest not to let the phone companies list on the bill?
Social security aside, I'm afraid we're entering our biggest phase of taxation without representation ever!!