Property taxes and health care
So many are absorbed with the national arena of political tomfoolery that many of us have overlooked issues here in Texas that are just as or perhaps more important on a more personal level.
On Nov. 3, 11 constitutional amendments come before us for a yea or nay vote.
Now, I realize many Texans consider such elections with the same regard they have for Homer Simpson. But you know, politicians are politicians are politicians. They’ve played the game long enough to have discovered the effective means to achieve their goals, goals that make many of them wealthy individuals.
I’m not talking illegal by any means, but our present governor is a perfect example of an individual achieving wealth through politics by rubbing shoulders with the movers and shakers of American business.
Of the amendments, I’m voting against 2, 3, and 11. Two and three because I think they will raise our taxes by changing the way our homes are taxed. As I read it, eleven will give the state the right to take your property for state use. To me, this is the means for Perry and his Spanish cohorts to resurrect the now dead toll road.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think so.
The others, access to beaches, more V.A. hospitals, term limits, I’m all for.
You might think I’m too paranoid about politicans’ intents. Well, you might ought to join the ranks of the paranoid. Recently, the latest version of the health bill came out of committee in Washington.
If you’re on any kind of Medicare, you better gird your loins for battle.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the new bill out of the finance committee will cost $829 billion, impose $424 billion in new taxes, and cut over $500 billion from Medicare. Here are the cuts.
• $133B Medicare Advantage
• $128.8B Hospitals
• $106.3B Inpatient Prospective Payment System
• $22.5B Medicare DSH payments
• $56B Home Health
• $22.2B Medicare Commission
• $22.3B Medicare Improvement Fund
• $19.8B Medicare Part D
• $14.6B Skilled Nursing Facilities
• $23.1B Part B Schedules, Except Physician Services
• $8B CMS Innovation Center
• $11B Hospices
• $4.9B Accountable Care Organizations
• $3B Medical Imaging
• $800M Power Wheel Chairs
• $300M Comparative Effectiveness Medicare Component
• $100M Medigap
Now, the committee claims the money will come from waste and abuse of funds. I’ve got to laugh at that. Waste and abuse is part of their game. They’ve not stopped it so far; why should we think they will now? Besides, how do they know there is that much waste and abuse in Medicare? Just because they say so? A cheap political maneuver.
They’ve done nothing about the missing billions in stimulus funds.
What’s that? Oh, you hadn’t heard?
Yeah, Billions of stimulus funds cannot be accounted for? Ten bucks, I could understand, but billions? As I write this, AIG, you remember AIG, is planning on 182 million in bonuses for everyone down to janitors, bonuses paid for by bailout money, yours and my taxes.
Naturally, the government is protesting. Obama is outraged;
Congress is outraged; all God’s little children up there are outraged.
Let’s see if the outrage will stop the bonuses. I have my doubts.
As much as we need some reform, this health bill makes no sense to me. What are they thinking? They’re cutting half a trillion dollars from current Medicare to create a whole new program for an entirely different group of people.
At least we Texans have a chance to make something right by going to the polls.