My favorite blog quote on the issue comes from Joe Kristan:
The government that brought us profitable and money-saving innovations like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Amtrak and the Postal Service now is going to try its hand at health insurance.
The idea of government running the health care system scares the dickens out of me.
As with many issues of public policy, I have no problem with the ideal that everyone gets the health care they need.
It is the way in which we work toward that ideal and the sacrifices we make along the way that terrify me.
I've spent much of the past few years dealing with two very large government bureaucracies: the IRS and the military. So my confidence in a government health care system is, well, not there.
CNN Money writes about 5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform:
1. Freedom to choose what's in your plan
2. Freedom to be rewarded for healthy living, or pay your real costs
3. Freedom to choose high-deductible coverage
4. Freedom to keep your existing plan
5. Freedom to choose your doctors
I don't much like the sound of this. But the President isn't calling to talk to me, so I'll have to settle for writing here.
Peter Pappas provides a great round-up of the discussion from key tax bloggers, and here are some posts to check out:
- Taxgirl: Congress Puts Brakes on Health Care Reform
- Taxgirl: Health Care Plan Leaves Huge Hole in the Budget
- Taxprof: House Marks Up Health Care Reform Bill
- Tax Foundation: Who Should Pay for Health Care Reform?
- The Tax Lawyer: Taxing the Rich Because You Can: The Beginning of Totalitarianism
- Kay Bell: Healthcare surtax not progressive enough