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Kriegel: Fix Medicaid, Don’t Expand It

March 26, 2013 J,

There are many things we “know” about Medicaid that should cause concern. Medicaid already comprises 25% of our projected 2015 budget. And once expanded, there is very little likelihood of turning back, despite the sunset clause and very little incentive and likelihood of studying and improving it.

There are many things we know we don’t know about Medicaid expansion—can the system accept up to 70,000 new patients; will it drive more doctors out of private practice, will it reduce health care access; will it create a larger dependent class of young, healthy and single participants; can we depend on the federal government for full ongoing funding? These unknowns are even more disconcerting.

Baucus has done virtually nothing to help abolish death taxes

March 06, 2013 J

Few federal tax policies are as immediately revolting as the death tax. The idea that the government has the right to confiscate a set percentage of an individual’s assets after his death strikes us as downright immoral. It punishes grieving family members, adds stressful burdens both before and after death, and lets government step between the dying person and their bequest to the designated inheritors. Moreover, it’s double taxation because the deceased person already paid taxes on the income used to buy his assets. Despite promising to reduce or eliminate the death tax, Sen. Max Baucus has, in fact, increased the death tax to 40 percent.