I saw an estimate in the trillions for “Medicare for All,” and it got me thinking about the humbug that passes for political discourse these days.
I don’t care whether you’re a diehard conservative or a doctrinaire Socialist, you’ll probably agree there’s no free lunch.
The government has to find money from somewhere to implement any program, however necessary that program might be.
So if you decide to provide health care for every American, rich or poor, old or young, you will have to pay for it.
You can tax the rich, as Bernie Sanders suggests. Or you can borrow from future generations as Trump is doing right now to fund his favorite programs. Or you can have the people receiving the health care foot the bill.
I don’t like taxes. I don’t know anybody who does. And when you tax the rich, you have to be careful not to scare them – and their money – away.