‘Medicare for All’ would hit household income, study says

By Ashley Bateman

Most Americans will pay much higher taxes and earn less income if Medicare for All becomes law, a new study by The Heritage Foundation states.

“How ‘Medicare for All’ Harms Working Americans” found 73.5 percent of Americans would shoulder financial hardships under the proposed universal health care system.

Most workers would pay 21.2 percent more in federal payroll taxes, bringing the rate to 36.5 percent for most workers. Average annual disposable income for U.S. households would decrease by an average of $5,671.

In addition to income taxes, most American workers pay 15.3 percent in payroll tax, 12.4 percentage points of which funds Social Security and 2.9 percentage points goes to Medicare. The new payroll tax of 36.5 percent would apply to every dollar earned, from the lowest-paid worker to the highest, the study states.

People who receive health insurance from their employer would be hit with an even bigger decrease in household income. Their disposable income loss would be $10,554 because they would lose the tax advantages from their employer insurance, which is currently untaxed. The study, released on November 19, finds 87.2 percent of households with employer-sponsored health insurance would be financially worse off.

All Income Groups Lose

Proponents of Medicare for All argue a government-run system will benefit consumers by costing less than what they have been paying for private insurance or health care services paid for out of pocket. That assumption is false, the study states.

“Our analysis finds that in order to fund such a program, it would be necessary for the federal government to impose substantial, broad-based taxes equal to 21.2 percent of all wage and salary income,” study authors Edmund Haislmaier and Jamie Hall write.

The 21.2 percent tax on workers would be necessary to fund a program that not only … Read more>>



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