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Integrity and Healthcare Reform

5 Mar 2010  

I am astonished by the healthcare reform debate.

Let me focus on just one issue. Apparently in the proposed legislation, ten years of incremental tax revenue is used to pay for six years of benefits. In other words, taxes go up immediately and the benefits begin in a few years. And by using ten years of incremental revenue to pay for six years of benefits everything balances.

How can anyone say this is reasonable accounting? The incremental revenue doesn’t come close to covering the cost of the incremental benefits on an annual basis.

The people using this sort of accounting are either not too bright or deceitful.

Integrity and honesty are important characteristics for leaders. I hope the people leading our government demonstrate both and look at realistic numbers when debating healthcare alternatives.

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