Is Obama's health care plan really just another tax to an already overtaxed population?

Is Obama's health care plan really just another tax to an already overtaxed population?

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says requiring people to get health insurance and fining them if they don'-t would not amount to a backhanded tax increase."-I absolutely reject that notion,"- the president said. Blanketing most of the Sunday TV news shows, Obama defended his proposed health care overhaul, including a key point of the various health care bills on Capitol Hill: mandating that people get health insurance to share the cost burden fairly among all. Those who failed to get coverage would face financial penalties.Obama said other elements of the plan would make insurance affordable for people, from a new comparison-shopping "-exchange"- to tax credits.Telling people to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase, Obama told ABC'-s "-This Week."-"-What it'-s saying is, is that we'-re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore,"- said Obama. "-Right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase."-Obama faces an enormous political and communications challenge in selling his health care plan as Congress debates how to pay for it all.He told CBS'- "-Face the Nation"- that he will keep his pledge not to raise taxes on families earning up to $250,000, and that much of the final bill — hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 10 years — can be achieved from savings within the current system. Coming up with the rest remains a key legislative obstacle.Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said there is no way Obama can achieve his goals without raising taxes."-He has to. How else do you pay for it?"- he told CBS.Obama put his support behind the idea of taxing employers that offer high-cost insurance plans."-I do think that giving a disincentive to insurance companies to offer Cadillac plans that don'-t make people healthier is part of the way that we'-re going to bring down health care costs for everybody over the long term,"- Obama said on NBC'-s "-Meet the Press."-Obama'-s network interviews were taped Friday at the White House. He became the first president to appear on five Sunday network shows in the same morning, an extraordinary effort to build public support for his top domestic priority.The goal is to expand and improve health insurance coverage and rein in long-term costs.Yet despite so many weeks of speeches, town halls and interviews, Obama said he has found it difficult at times to make a complex topic clear and relevant."-I'-ve tried to keep it digestible,"- Obama said. "-It'-s very hard for people to get their arms around it. And that'-s been a case where I have been humbled and I just keep on trying harder."-Obama told Univision'-s "-Al Punto"- ("-To the Point"-) that the strong opposition to his plan is part of a political strategy."-Well, part of it is ... that the opposition has made a decision,"- he said. "-They are just not going to support anything, for political reasons."-Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Obama doesn'-t understand Republicans'- opposition."-I don'-t know anybody in my Republican conference in the Senate who'-s in favor of doing nothing on health care,"- McConnell said. "-We obviously have a cost problem and we have an access problem."-But he told CNN'-s "-State of the Union"- that the Democrats'- plan is simply too rushed.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Obama has ignored grave concerns over his plan and his media blitz won'-t change that."-The president is selling something that people, quite frankly, are not buying,"- Graham told NBC'-s "-Meet the Press."-"-He'-s been on everything but the Food Channel,"- he added.

JG

The President isn't comparing apples to apples. You can't compare having to carry auto insurance and health insurance for 1 simple reason - you don't HAVE to own a car. If you CHOOSE to own a car, carrying auto insurance (specifically liability insurance) is required.If I don't drive a car, should I have to pay a penalty that supposedly lowers the insurance premiums for everyone else??? Hell no!!! By forcing those who choose not to carry insurance to pay a penalty, it is a tax, plain and simple.You can hate insurance companies all you want (I'm looking at you Deb M)...they are only the way they are because the Federal and State governments have let them. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce (the same section Dems claim allows them to set up a gov't option). By allowing the states to set up their own rules for the sale of health insurance and not allow any company to compete freely, they are adversely affecting consumers. That is a perfect example of where Congress must step in and put a stop to it. Why they haven't probably has to do w/ campaign contributions to both sides.By allowing the free sale of health insurance, you now force hundreds of companies to compete for your business (just like how car insurance is sold, to take an analogy from the President). That forces rates down, service and value up. Only good things for consumers can come from that.Why don't we start by enforcing the rules already written in our Constitution and fixing Medicare before we try to rewrite an industry from scratch? Who knows, we may find we don't need to do that much once the free market has altered incentives.Source(s):http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_One…

Capt

Nope

Reality

Do you like paying $1,000 a year to pay for uninsured people who use the emergency room?Do you like paying more and more for health insurance, even when the price of everything else has gone down?Did you every call having to buy auto insurance a "tax"?Didn't think so.

RESISTING

absolutely positively without a doubt!

grandma

Not only is it another tax, it more control.I'm glad you feel overtaxed. It appears most liberals don't. I wonder why?

Still

No, as long as you do NOT look up the definition of TAX in a dictionary.

Guest

Absolutly. What this nation needs to do is open its eyes and see what our corrupt government is doing. Educate as many people you can about obama's lies and the atrocities that have been happenig. they are completely disregarding the constitution on some matters.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwa…

Pagan

How much have your taxes been raised in the last nine months?

Deb

No...if you know the facts on the private health insurance companies...you would not even think that! The greed that is in all levels of the health care industry of the United States is sickening. The salaries of the CEOs, lobbyists and all associated with health care is pure greed.Republicans simply do not want people in this country to have health care...and they would miss the donations from the companies.Even Windell Potter who worked for Cigna acknowledges the greed!Source(s):http://2parse.com/?p=3403http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/pay…

whoo

You can't squeeze water out of a rock .. obama sure is trying to get every drop. There's a limit as to how much Americans can give than it has to stop.

Robert

i just retired after 43 years working in a lumber mill in washington state now i have to pay for my own insurance at $415.00 dollars a month or $5,000 thousand a year just for medical coverage? i am retired and can't afford to be fined for not having insurance!! the ones that get laid off and aren't retired has to pay $1049 a month per person? who could afford that when you aren't working??? if we can't pay the fines do we go to jail???

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