Medicare Meets Mephistopheles by David A. Hyman, Richard A. Epstein

By David A. Hyman, Richard A. Epstein

To illustrate you are the satan, and also you are looking to corrupt the yankee republic. How might you cross approximately it? in keeping with David Hyman, it's possible you'll create anything like Medicare, the federal overall healthiness care software for the aged. Hyman submits that Medicare could be the maximum trick the satan ever performed. Medicare feeds at the avarice of medical professionals and different companies, turns seniors into healthiness care gluttons, and makes areas of the USA envious over the funds showered on different areas. this system exploits the sloth of presidency officers to extend the tax burden on staff and drag down the standard of deal with seniors. Medicare makes Democrats lust for socialized drugs, whereas its imperviousness to reform makes Republicans angrier and angrier. so much of all, Medicare permits its ideological supporters to bleat and preen their method to the heights of ethical vainness. within the type of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, Hyman writes that Medicare has freed the self-interest of those mortals from its common restraints. therefore, the seven lethal sins have blossomed. With epic political battles over Medicare and the way forward for restricted executive looming simply over the horizon, Hyman makes use of satire to forged a serious eye in this mediocre executive application.

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Com. All rights reserved. 28 Avarice Operation Coffee Cup In 1961, the AMA initiated Operation Coffee Cup, as part of its lobbying effort against Medicare. The wives of physicians were asked to invite their friends over for coffee and conversation, and they played a record provided by the AMA in which Ronald Reagan spoke out against socialized medicine. They then asked their friends to write letters to their congressmen, expressing their personal opposition to socialized medicine, and to the specific bill that Congress was considering in 1961.

Com. All rights reserved. 28 Avarice Operation Coffee Cup In 1961, the AMA initiated Operation Coffee Cup, as part of its lobbying effort against Medicare. The wives of physicians were asked to invite their friends over for coffee and conversation, and they played a record provided by the AMA in which Ronald Reagan spoke out against socialized medicine. They then asked their friends to write letters to their congressmen, expressing their personal opposition to socialized medicine, and to the specific bill that Congress was considering in 1961.

All senior citizens would have paid a flat $4 monthly premium, with a supplemental premium of 15 percent of one’s tax liability imposed on seniors with at least $150 or more of federal income tax. The supplemental premium was capped at $800 for an individual, and $1,600 for a couple. For single seniors with taxable income of $20,000 (or a married couple with taxable income of $30,000), the supplemental premium would have come to $158. The maximum supplemental premium would affect only individuals with taxable income in excess of $45,000 and couples with taxable income in excess of $75,000.

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