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Welcome back -- the cost of care at the institute of medicine now proposing a 2% tax on people who have health care coverage on nearly all.
Every -- health practices which means every time you go to see a doctor.
Or fill a prescription you'll have to pay.
A new 2% tax -- -- tax expected to bring in a reported thirteen billion dollars of revenue that would be put towards public health services like.
Anti smoking in vaccination programs.
But is this report just a boondoggle for public health experts and their friends joining -- right now who.
Elizabeth price Foley professor of constitutional law at Florida international university and author of Tea Party 3 principles morning -- you Elizabeth.
Good morning to both this boondoggle another 2% tax just what we need as everything's just.
All along so well.
Yet you know -- reminds me of Alice in Wonderland when I read this report it'd be nice if something would make sense for a change.
This here they are there trying to lead tax every single transaction we have with health care providers.
So every time you see the doctor every time you fill a prescription.
You pay this tax and this is still -- not gonna do nothing but raise the cost of health care -- you raise the cost of health care.
That decreases access to health care exact opposite of what they're trying to accomplish so I'm trying to figure this out Elizabeth is this something that the lawmakers didn't bother to read before they pass the bill.
Or is this just something that big it was and result of it after it was passed.
Well you know -- in this isn't -- yet this is just an expert report from the institute of medicine which.
And I've been on -- panels before -- been one of those experts and I can tell you that they are boondoggles because.
What this was was basically eighteen public health experts and you know expert panels tend to think that their own issues of the most important issues in the world.
And not surprisingly they also think they had the best way to solve those problems is just the throw a lot of money -- That's exactly right.
But what's -- -- the states and for instance the District of Columbia where they spend a lot -- patient care they're not necessarily the healthiest places.
That's right -- so if you if you look at that at the data itself if you look at the lowest per capita spending state shall -- states like Arizona.
And those states have amazing public health statistics they have low infant mortality rates low rates of obesity high vaccination rates.
And you compare them to the highest per capita spending places.
Which include like the District of Columbia West Virginia.
Alaska which have certain notorious and persistent public health problems despite spending ten time.
Good point so you would be -- it would be people who have insurance would pay this 2% and that this would could attack -- on your insurance or you'd be just paying this out of pocket.
Yeah I know this is -- so it doesn't matter whether you have health insurance or not if you simply access to health care system.
You'll be paying more -- that health care that you received.
And -- you know -- that they they think it's gonna be some panacea for a public health problems and it's clearly not going debate you know.
Public health is is a sort of notoriously complex and multi facet -- problem.
And you Indy can't solve it just by throwing money -- -- taxes attacks all right Elizabeth price Foley joining us from Los Angeles where she in the camera person the only people we know who -- awake at this hour.
Thank you very much for getting out so early and it's Monday.
Thank you very much -- bad.
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