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  •  you are the one with shoddy info. (1+ / 0-)
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    In the civilized world, medical coverage is most certainly a tax that must be paid.

    All other western nations deduct medical coverage costs from paychecks. We decided to go and do it in a roundabout way. We pay a for profit insurer for the "privilege" of coverage but it is no different than paying FICA tax- It must be paid and it is regressive.

    As the sequester and austerity kicks in federal deficits begin to drop, much of that money was going to states to pay for security, roads, and education, the states need that revenue, so they raise fees, and sales tax, and income tax to offset that lost federal revenue, again this is a regressive, and most times flat tax.

    when the feds cut something, the states charge more tax to replace that income, in effect the states are helping the feds cut the deficit, but its done in a regressive way.

    total tax burden means total tax burden, you can't just look at federal income tax, effective tax rates for the least of us are killing all of us.

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