Reading the Fine Print on Healthcare
When one brushes away the rhetoric, one finds the contradictions beneath.
In one post, RIFuture notes Charlie Fogarty’s new healthcare plan, which, I discovered after wading through the usual political policy mire, will be funded in part as follows:
Rather than spending state tax dollars on tax cuts for the wealthy few, high-priced consultants and lawyers, and tax breaks for out-of-state corporations, I will set state spending priorities that focus on reforming our health care system.
Yet in another post, RIFuture crows about Inc.com magazine’s poor rating of Governor Carcieri’s performance, which rating comes with the following explanation:
After years of haggling, Carcieri and the Democratic-led general assembly agreed in 2006 on a set of tax reforms that, while not exactly comprehensive, are a good start—including an alternative flat tax that will lower the effective top income tax bracket to 5.5 percent from 9.9 percent over five years.
Presumably RIFuture’s Matt Jerzyk wouldn’t agree with Inc.com that Fogarty’s healthcare plan would undo a “good start” of Carcieri’s. Be that as it may, according to Inc.com, businesses “in the Ocean State face some of the highest [tax] rates and most complicated requirements in the country.” According to Fogarty’s plan description, he would make “large corporations who do not provide health insurance pay their fair share.”
As is all too common in this state, Fogarty is attempting to sell voters some charitable-sounding rhetoric that, if actuated into policy would drive businesses — and jobs and tax revenue — out, increase the burden on those who remain, and, on top of it all, force more people onto the publicly funded segment of his healthcare plan. As for where those funds will come from, we’ll just have see whom politicians promise to “just make” pick up the tab.
We’d be better off if the average citizens of Rhode Island would at long last make politicians provide us our fair share of representation.