Okay, so it’s a damned tax! Get over it!

Now let’s improve on it. Use it correctly. Quit sending it to the insurance industry! Give it to a good, non-conflicted business strategist to fix!

By Jack E. Lohman

First, this may be a moot issue if Romney wins the election. The R’s are promising to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with, uh, uh, well, they don’t know yet. But you just wait and see! It’s gonna be good.

More likely it will be garbage, like everything else they do. The R’s are more in the pockets of the insurance and drug industries than the Dems. The $125 million ObamaCare boondoggle may not give you that impression, but it’s true. They shouldn’t be allowed out after dark. Not on my street.

Neither should Chief Justice John Roberts. Calling ObamaCare a tax rather than totally ruling it unconstitutional was a pure political move, designed to make Mitt Romney a real happy camper because he can use it as an election ploy, and John Roberts the go-to guy.

But now let’s spend it as we’d like all taxes to be spent…

Smartly! No business executive would design a nation’s healthcare system the way ours is, with a costly middleman payment system. Unless he were on the take from the insurers and drug industry, which our politicians are and have been and it’s why we have such an inefficient system. No other country has such a stupid system.

That we allow corporations to manage our sick, elderly and needy, known weak spots in any nation, is unconscionable. Even criminal.

But political money does wonders.

What makes the most sense?

A single-payer Medicare-for-all system would be the best jobs bill ever, and allow the U.S. to provide health care to 100% of Americans while saving taxpayers $400 billion annually.

We’d pay for it through taxes rather than through increased product prices, but we’d pay 20% less than we are paying today. And we’d remove the healthcare burden from employers, and the “job lock” experienced by those wanting to quit and start their own company.

See HR676 funding for cost details.

Eliminated will be expenditures for insurance company executive salaries and benefits, retirement benefits, shareholder profits, actuarial and legal fees, marketing and broker commissions, and even political costs (campaign contributions) which are added to the bottom line and passed onto the consumers.

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