If the numbers quoted in the above story, courtesy of the Daily Mail (UK). are correct, then it is as I said in my last post. It’s not affordable and people aren’t going to sign up for it. It’s going to fail, fantastically, within the year.
Why are we still pursuing this if only 38% of people polled even think this is a good idea?? The Guardian (UK) If more than half of all Americans oppose this, why are we still pursuing this?
I found out that providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants) have to sign up to participate in the plans. Given the fact that they have NOT been signing up in droves, I would guess that even if you are able to buy a plan, you are not going to be able to see the doctor of your choice. Nor are you going to be able to go to the hospital of your choice — these plans are concentrating the participants to just a few facilities, which may or may not be the closest one to you, or the one best able to treat your issue.
I understand that the IRS does eventually catch up with tax dodgers, even if it takes years to do so. I think that is because, relative to the total number of taxpayers, the number who don’t file taxes or pay what’s owed are relatively small — under 10% at the most. What is going to happen when people figure out that if they file exempt they can keep all their wages other than Social Security and Medicare taxes? How is the IRS going to be able to go after literally millions of people?
What is to stop people from simply working for cash? I know a lot of people who have done that, or are doing that now. They aren’t exactly big internet shoppers, and don’t have bank accounts, so it’s not like there’s an easy way to track their spending vs. their income; if a significantly larger portion of the workers and employers just ‘opt out’ of the mainline economy, how is the IRS to track them, let alone pursue lost tax revenue?
It’s time our government returned to understanding they work for us, not the other way around. I don’t work to pay taxes. I work to provide for my family. And if my taxes pay your wages, you work for me. It would be great if they all started acting like it.