February 27, 2009
In reporting on President Obama’s health care plans, the Washington Post quoted a senior administration official as saying the president wants to make “a very substantial down payment” toward universal coverage by trimming tax breaks for the wealthy and squeezing payments to insurers, hospitals, doctors and drug manufacturers.
One way they plan to do this is to reduce the deductions allowed for church and charitable contributions and cutting the deduction we can take on our mortgage interest.
Members of Congress will always have the best health care and they will protect themselves and their retirement benefits, but the rest of us will be on our own, or under the managed care of government. As I said on C-SPAN yesterday morning: how many people are flocking to the United Kingdom or Cuba for the health care? None that I know. They’re coming to America, which has the best health care.
Socializing medicine will make us all less healthy. There are better ways to reform the system. Visit heritage.org for some of them. Folks, they’re taking over.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.