Health Care Bill

United States
November 26, 2009 2:00am CST
I had my practicum today and while waiting for class to start, my mentor teacher was talking about Obama's new health care bill. If it is passed, teachers will have to pay more in taxes because the benefits they recieve are considered too good. My teacher said if passed someone like her will have to pay an extra 4,000 in taxes. She is not even making a 100,000 a year! Obama is trying to punish people for having health care.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
28 Nov 09
I'm not sure that your teacher fully understands this provision. First of all, she won't actually be paying the additional taxes, the insurance company will. Of course, we all know the insurance companies will somehow pass that cost along to the customers but it won't be a direct tax. Next, it's highly doubtful her extra share of taxes would be $4000 since the way it works is the amount over $8,000 a year for individual coverage and $21,000 for a family coverage is what will be taxed, not the entire premium amount. It's far from a "done deal" that this will even be included in whatever the finished bill is. The unions are against it and they still wield some power in Washington. Annie
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
28 Nov 09
"Of course, we all know the insurance companies will somehow pass that cost along to the customers but it won't be a direct tax." so, does that make it ok with you? I also want to ask annie, are you ok with the federal government forcing people to purchase a health insurance policy?
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
1 Dec 09
This tax on insurance companies is the best for a politician. It becomes the company that is passing the tax on to the people. Also once the tax is in place no matter how small, it can be "fixed" later. Just like the tax on long distance phone calls imposed to fund the Spanish American War, which was changed under President Clinton to fund the Internet in schools. Politicians never remove a tax but rather they find a different use for the money. Like the long distance tax, and the income tax, it will sooner or later move from the rich to everyone paying it as it is now. What seems like a good tax on a few rich will become a tax on all.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
1 Dec 09
The NEA was one of the Presidents strong supporters and they got what they wanted. Now that he is President he does not need the support of the Union membership at this time, but they need him if they want him to support their policies. As with many Unions the leadership and membership often want two different things. In this case the Leadership will gain power and control with the administration and the membership will be left paying the bill. Like the TEA party participants who want to take back their country the Union Membership must take back control of their Union. The Service Workers International Union was important in getting President Obama the nomination. Specifically the members of the SWIU in Las Vegas were crucial in this process and the membership was hurt when the President, when criticizing bib business, said that business should not hold conventions in places like Las Vegas or Orlando. This resulted in over 400 Conventions to be canceled and resulted in a 12%+ unemployment rate. However the leadership has the Presidents ear and gets to visit the White House.
@Koriana (302)
• United States
29 Nov 09
our taxes would probably be raised, so the teacher's paycheck could be increased enough to offset any tax she might see?? just wondering what kind of health insurance does she have?? does it have a three thousand dollar deductable? and what is her share of the premiums??? just wondering, because out here in the real world, ya know, private sector, the deductables and such are getting so rediculous that well...many are never able to take advantage of their health insurance...and well, weather your teacher eats the extra cost of these taxes or not, in the long run, it's the taxpayers paying for it all.... ya, know us taxpayers, with the three thousand deductables, who aren't even making $50,000/year!
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
27 Nov 09
No, he wants to punish people for having better health care than the government will provide. Part of the problem is that a good plan will make the public option appear more and more like rationed care. The other problem is he needs to pay for his program. Hence, the tax on people who are able to get good health insurance that they like and don't want to change. That tax is simply a way to raise money to offset the huge expenditures necessary to fund the health care reform.