Will Taxing X Make X More Affordable?

This week, Oregon voters are receiving their mail-in ballots for a special election whose purpose is to see just how stupid Oregon voters really are. The election is on a ballot measure whose supposed goal is to make health insurance more affordable. To reach this goal, the measure calls for taxing health insurance.

This is right in line with the policy, popular in Portland, of making housing more affordable by taxing housing. Let’s see how well that’s working. Oh, my; it doesn’t seem to be working at all.

I don’t want to influence any voters here with my use of the word “stupid.” Maybe you want to make health insurance more expensive by taxing it. But if you want to make it more affordable, Oregon’s ballot measure is the wrong way to go.

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13 thoughts on “Will Taxing X Make X More Affordable?

  1. CapitalistRoader

    The cost of health insurance is sure to skyrocket in Oregon as tens of thousands of people per year suffer horrific injuries from pumping their own gas.

  2. LazyReader

    Government subsidizes everything they perceive to be good, they tax everything they perceive to be evil.
    They tax everything they wish to discourage….Cigarettes, Alcohol, gasoline,

    So it begs the question why the tax income, Cause politicians love wealth when they have it and you don’t.

  3. CapitalistRoader

    Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
    Ronald Reagan

  4. the highwayman

    Yet you’re not against “socialism” when it comes to roads! :$

    “Highways are there regardless of economic conditions” -Randal O’Toole

  5. JOHN1000

    But if you are the politically connected builder of the affordable apartments, $480,000.00 seems just about right. And you get to brag about helping the poor!

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