New York's Senator Charlie Rangel has talked about raising $1 trillion to fund better health care by putting 1%, 2%, and 3% surtaxes on people making $350,000, $500,000, and $1 million a year. That's putting the cart before the horse.
We might support those taxes, or higher ones, or one with a lower threshold, once we see the whole proposed health care package. Then we could make intelligent trade-offs between higher taxes and various health care proposals.
The problem right now is that we don't what is meant by better healthcare because Congress haven't told us. More to the point, we're not sure that CONGRESS has a clear idea of the health care it wants. So we don't have the have the faintest idea of how much it's going to cost.
The only thing that Congress seems to know is how much it wants to spend. That sounds like a backward process to us. This initiative seems like too many other government programs; first get the funding, then figure out how to spend it.