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The Edwards health care and IRS full employment plan
Posted by: McQ on Friday, November 30, 2007

Hey Big Brother, here I am. Garnish my wages, please.

John Edwards has figured out how to make sure a) you have health care, and b) you pay for it. No choice involved:
Under the Edwards plan, when Americans file their income taxes, they would be required to submit a letter from an insurance provider confirming coverage for themselves and their dependents.

If someone did not submit proof of coverage, the Internal Revenue Service would notify a newly established regional or state-based health-care agency (which Edwards has dubbed a Health Care Market).

Those regional agencies would then evaluate whether the uninsured individual was eligible for Medicare (which covers those over 65), Medicaid (which covers the indigent), or S-CHIP (the State Children's Health Insurance Program which targets the working poor).

If the individual was not eligible for either of those existing public programs, the regional-health care agency would enroll the individual into the lowest cost health-care plan available in that area. The lowest-cost option could be a new Medicare-like public option or a private insurance plan.

The newly covered individual would not only have access to health benefits but would also be responsible for making monthly payments with the help of a tax credit.

The exact size of the financial obligation would vary according to a person's income (lower-income Americans would receive larger tax credits).

If a person did not meet his or her monthly financial obligation for a set period of time (perhaps a year, perhaps longer) the Edwards plan would empower the federal government to garnish an individual's wages for purposes of collecting "back premiums with interest and collection costs."

The process, according to the Edwards campaign, would resemble the process used to collect money from Americans who are delinquent on federal student loans or child support payments.
Marx must be smiling.

Says Kevin Drum:
Sometimes you can offer too much detail in a campaign, and this is one of those times.
Oh, I disagree. You can't get enough of this sort of detail as far as I'm concerned. See what you can look forward to if a Democrat gains the White House?
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Under the Edwards plan, when Americans file their income taxes, they would be required to submit a letter from an insurance provider confirming coverage for themselves and their dependents.
Anyone else see the way to kill 2 birds with one stone here >:)
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Anyone else see the way to kill 2 birds with one stone here >:)
That reminds me, I need to talk to my company about getting my status changed from "full-time employee" to "contractor"...
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Make that "consultant"

I blame Friday afternoon.
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Geez! He is making Hillary seem reasonable.
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And he’ll get the same result that you often see from people who suddenly get garnished: Quitting and finding a new job until the garnish catches up again.

But what’s the bill if I miss my mandatory mental health review?
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It looks like he has hired Rube Goldberg as a consultant to help design his health care plan.
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So, is Drum suggesting that hiding these details and then springing them on an unsuspecting and duped public later is preferable? I guess he wants a Dem in office badly enough that even the worst of their ideas are acceptable.
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