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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Health Care

'Tis the season for health care pontification. Bowing to popular demand, I'll state my position, or, rather, reiterate Ron Paul's position. Paul's Comprehensive Health Care Reform Act:

A. Provides all Americans with a tax credit for 100 percent of health care expenses. The tax credit is fully refundable against both income and payroll taxes.

B. Allows individuals to roll over unused amounts in cafeteria plans and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA).

C. Makes every American eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA), removes the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy to open an HSA; allows individuals to use their HSA to make premiums payments for high-deductible policy; and allows senior citizens to use their HSA to purchase Medigap policies.

D. Repeals the 7.5 percent threshold for the deduction of medical expenses, thus making all medical expenses tax deductible.

Paul's Coercion is Not Health Care Act:

This legislation forbids the federal government from forcing any American to purchase health insurance, and from conditioning participation in any federal program, or receipt of any federal benefit, on the purchase of health insurance.


jcw said...

I'm off-topic, too. I read Hart's essay to which you linked on Gabriel's weblog (http://gavriil.typepad.com). It's excellent; thank you for linking to it. Are you going to post on it?

Visibilium said...

Thanks for your comment. Since I fired a shot across the bow over at Gabriel's, I may post on particular parts of the essay. I don't share your view about the excellence of the essay, although Hart's prose is always pleasant, even when he's waspish.

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Sophocles said...


He, we haven't heard from you in a loooooong time. How are things?

A Blessed Lenten Struggle to you.

Visibilium said...


Thanks for your note, my friend. Things are going well with me, and I hope that they're going well with you. I apologize for my absence from the blogs.

Were you sufficiently fortunate to visit the Kursk Root Icon? I feel that the Theotokos has lightened my Lenten journey!

Sophocles said...

No, I wasn't able to. Several years ago the Sitka Icon from Alaska made its way to my home parish and that was an amazing thing.

Things are going fairly well, thank God.

Great to hear from you again. I know in the past you have taken off from blogging during Lenten seasons but its been longer than that now.

Anyway, my friend, I look forward to your return when you do!