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Deductible Health Care Expenses

Saddlewood51

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Hey Congress, here's a suggestion for ya:
Since you don't appear interested in solving the health insurance problems facing our country you could at least make the money we pay for health care tax deductible. I don't mean after 7.5% I mean completely tax deductible. If folks can't afford insurance or can't get insurance because of pre-existing conditions then let them deduct everything they pay out of pocket for their medical expenses. So NOW what's your excuse?
 

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So you want to increase the deficit even more?

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So you want to increase the deficit even more?

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At this point how does it matter?

We have clearly given up being responsible, we did that a long time ago, now we are hanging out till the big crash gets here, because not even trying to do it right gets charged.
 
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Hey Congress, here's a suggestion for ya:
Since you don't appear interested in solving the health insurance problems facing our country you could at least make the money we pay for health care tax deductible. I don't mean after 7.5% I mean completely tax deductible. If folks can't afford insurance or can't get insurance because of pre-existing conditions then let them deduct everything they pay out of pocket for their medical expenses. So NOW what's your excuse?

I don't necessarily disagree, but in a roundabout way direct purchasers do get a break, via taxes, assuming they qualify for the ACA's subsidies. In many cases those subsidies are worth more than a tax deduction would be.

So you want to increase the deficit even more?

Most of the insured have employer-sponsored insurance, which is tax-deductible. Why defend a different standard to those who purchase it directly? Why should ESI be treated special?
 
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