NY Times Econ Writer David Leonhardt’s Simple Budgetary Solutions: Ration Health Care, Raise Taxes

… Instead, Leonhardt called for higher taxes on “affluent Americans”(his reasoning: All wealthy countries do it). It’s one of his favorite arguments for redistributing the wealth.

While admitting the Republican budget was “a daring one in many ways” he faulted it for not reforming Medicare, which he interestingly admits is a “welfare program,” since people generally get more out of it in care than what they paid into the program in taxes. Leonhardt also again called for rationing health care in the name of cost control.



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