Subsidized health policies are taxfree to the beneficiary-but why should they be? If they just taxed the employer subsidy as imputed income, as they should, you would raise $2 trillion. So tax half. Or take Obama's original idea of limiting upper bracket tax cuts.
Louisiana is a hotbed of diabetes, hypertension, and cancer, like the rest of the Sourth. Presumably it also has low insurance coverage rates. One assumes that Melancon will have a favorable view of reform efforts? How could someone like Landrieu vote against it?
I guess I am an outlier, but I would settle for insurance reform to begin. Tens of millions of new covered with no restrictions on pre-existing conditions, no cherry-picking, etc. combined with the purchasing pools for individuals and small business would be a big improvement.
Reform of cherry-picking rules, etc. will drive insurance industry profits down.
If the private insurers let us down after a few years, then start letting people into Medicare, starting with the 55-65 set.
There were evidently two gun-toters at Portsmouth, with one rewarded with 15 minutes of fame and a TV interview. And now Obama is heading into the heart of gun-nut country. I'm getting bad vibes about this.