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Michael Wolff: Do I Have to Pay for Your Health Care?

July 17th, 2009, 07:07 pm admin Leave a comment Go to comments

The Democrats want me to pay for your health care and I am trying to think how I feel about this.

With a 5.4% tax on anything above $350,000, we’re not talking chopped liver.

True, I am happy to be in the top 2% of American earners. But not so happy, or flush, that I’m eager to pay your doctors’ bills.

I suppose, however, I don’t mind, if, say, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who made $68.7 million in 2007 and, with Goldman’s black arts, may match that this year, has to pay $3.7 million to cover your medical costs. Still, Blankfein probably feels paying $3.7 million for other people’s health care is a lot to ask. And, indeed, if you’re going to ask for $3.7 million — which, after all, still leaves him with $65 million — hell, why not ask for $60 million, which would still leave him with $8.7, which would make almost anyone else deliriously happy.

It’s all relative.

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