Tax The Rich To Pay For Health Bill?

A new Associated Press poll finds that Americans favor taxing the rich to pay for covering those without health insurance.

Of all the approaches Congress is considering to pay for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the only one that got majority support in the AP poll was a new income tax on upper-income people.

That's the approach House Democrats took in their health care legislation, which passed earlier this month. The poll found 57 percent in favor of the idea, and 36 percent opposed.

In contrast, the public does not favor a tax on high-value insurance plans under consideration in the Senate. Fifty-six percent were opposed and only 29 percent in favor of that idea, which is also opposed by organized labor.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    What always worries me is, what do they consider "rich".. and what area of the country are they using as a baseline? When I moved out of the SF Bay area in 2003, poverty level had risen to $60K a yr and under. That sort of thing is regional, and somewhere else that won't be the case. My household was "poor" the entire 7 yrs there, requiring multiple jobs just to stay afloat. (No joke on that either, the place is a trap. It's the least affordable place I've ever been stuck living in my life!) I don't see any numbers quoted on what he's thinking with this plan. The worst thing about it is always tax *brackets*. Someone barely inside the next one gets hammered by the percentage being taken out so it hardly looks like you even got a raise.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    Why would you buy a $400,000 maybach car? Why buy a $10,000,000 home? Why wear a $25,000 dress to an award show??? Why purchase a 6,000 handbag??? Rich people would be able to give back to the poor if they lived as the poor do. Imagine how much cash trump would have if he lived in a double wide like me.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Nov 18, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    I am infavor of taxing the rich but in a fair mannor. If the average working american is paying 10% of their net income then make the rich pay 10% of their net income. People on welfare should pay 10% of their free money back. It they want to complain they let them get a job and stop having childern they can't afford to raise. You work all your life and start getting social security and the government still takes out taxes. Don't ell me it is because SSI came out of the pretax money. What about all these idots that SSI and have never worked?
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Nov 18, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    This is why "Democracies" fail. Our Founding Fathers setup our democracy in the form of a Republic. We have allowed our politicians to STRIP us of the Republic and turn our country into a "MOB RULED" democracy. We are headed towards a CATASTROPHIC FAILURE.
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Nov 17, 2009 at 09:30 PM
    To "Fake Dar" @ 12:53 your post did not make any sense whatsoever, try reading the book. Do something positive in your life & you might learn that taxing the rich more to give to those who didn't do anything to earn it will have a negative affect in the long run. Its amazing how the people who made so many bad decisions in their life now expect others to suffer THEIR consequences. You can't legislate stupidity, lazines & RESPONSIBILITY. Never been rich, probably never will be but I live a good, decent, hardworking life with many blessing from the Lord. A favorite quote that I think applies to this discussion is "A man who vowed to stop the MOTOR of the world and DID". Guess what the MOTOR is? You really want to know? The answer is, nah too easy....you search for the answer, better yet, read the book.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    yeah, why not tax the HARD WORKING upper class to pay for the LAZY NON WORKING lower class. Maybe because it's not fair to the highest extent. I wonder who exactly came up with this idea??? Maybe the poor should go out and take what job they can get instead of turning every job down that doesn't have air conditioner and the largest luxuries, besides, it is a job. That way the rich people will have more money and in return the poor people will have a job and also have more money. what a good idea..
  • by Marie Location: Chocowinity on Nov 17, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    It's simple economics people...the rich buy the fancy cars/houses/clothes etc. When we tax them to death, they stop buying then the little guy gets laid off because no one is buying the fancy "stuff". If they run a business, then they start looking for a cheaper labor market and again the little guy gets laid off. Yes everyone should pay their fair share. How about we all pay the same flat tax on income? This is just the tip of the iceberg. You can't have a healthy economy when you take from one and give to the other. If some of the "poor whiny people" had $$ I'm sure they would then change their tune. We should have affordable healthcare but the government running it is not the answer. Now the "government experts" are telling us not to get mammograms until 50. Hmmm...they're just laying the groundwork for Obamacare.
  • by brian Location: winterville on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:52 PM
    The AP is a joke. I do not believe any survey they produce. The survey participants were probably from government housing projects in DC and Detroit. I do however believe this is the liberals' answer to all the problems of our country- take from people who work to pay for those who refuse to work. A second grader understands the flawed logic there. This has been done many times in many places and has always failed. If you don't think the liberals running our country are leading us toward socialism, you are in denial....By the way, I'd love to hear their definition of "rich." They are not just planning on taxing millionaires, I guarantee you. And even if it starts out that way, it will certainly trickle it's way down to the rest of us.... as long as we have jobs, that is.
  • by not the answer Location: nc on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    Let's just put the burden on others because some (not all) who have no health insurance have chosen not to work for it. Survival of the fittest works in nature. Let's look at the shape our society is in. Are we really doing the right thing by just spoon feeding, literally, people who choose to sit on their behinds and let others take care of them and their babies? I'm tired of it. This is not the answer. This just tells them to keep on not doing what they are not doing--working for a living. And I'm not rich. I barely make it, but I take care of my family without the help of the government and other people because I work my tail off.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    LW Amen!Coming from a layed off guy because of Obonga.
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