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November 9, 2013

Column: Health care is just one of a host of taxing problems


So the governor passed another tax package that increased the gas tax, tobacco tax, and created a new tax on computer sales (since repealed), not to mention further automatic inflation-adjusted gas tax hikes that are presently being protested with an initiative petition. These were sold as necessary new revenues to cover transportation spending that apparently has been pushed aside in favor of paying the highest health insurance costs in the nation and record Medicaid spending.

He didn’t mention any of this during the joint appearance with Obama, just babbled through the Democrats’ ongoing embarrassment about the disastrous rollout of Obamacare by noting unhelpfully that “the Affordable Care Act is not a website.” Didn’t mention that it is a cancellation of millions of existing policies that Barack Obama told Americans they could keep.

Mitt Romney also appeared on “Meet the Press”, and was much more focused. He told host David Gregory, “There’s no question in my mind but had the president been truthful and told the American people that millions would lose their insurance and millions more would see their premiums skyrocket -- had he told them that at the time it was going through Washington, there would have been such a huge cry against it, it would not have passed.

“Whether you like the model of Obamacare or not, the fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. I think it’s rotting it away.”

Fine, let it rot. We can look forward to rebuilding the country as soon as we get a new president. But things will get a lot worse before they get better.

The problems with health care, that led to the creation of Obamacare, is that its cost will continue to increase as more of us get older -- unless the Obamacare insurance cancellations and predictable inability of the government to manage big projects kills us off earlier than had been expected.

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