NTU: “The Opt-Out Cop Out”

Andrew Moylan, over at National Taxpayers Union, notes a serious problem with Sen. Reid’s new health care plan and the supposedly optional public option.

But here’s the fine print:

“Those taxes and others required to fund the $6 billion public option would be collected from all states, including those that opt out of the plan.”

Read that one more time. The massive tax increases associated with this bill, on the order of a half-trillion dollars, will apply to EVERYONE regardless of whether or not their state has opted out. There is no comfort in the opt out provision, no shelter from the tentacles of government reaching inexorably into our health care decisions. Why opt out if you’ll have to pay all the taxes but get none of the services (inefficient though they may be)?

Read the whole thing.

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