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CShine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 06:18 PM
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Senators Propose Tax Credit To Help Unemployed Buy Health Insurance
Two senators are proposing to help unemployed workers purchase health insurance by expanding a tax credit already in effect for people who lost their jobs because their employers were harmed by foreign trade.

Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democrat Max Baucus of Montana, leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, acknowledge their plan would only make a small dent in the number of people without health insurance an estimated 43.6 million last year.

"Is it perfect policy? No. Does it solve the problem of the uninsured? It does not," Grassley said. "But it's an important step in the right direction."

Under their plan, the federal government would pay nearly two-thirds the cost of health insurance for unemployed workers by expanding the tax credit already in place for people whose employers lost business due to competition from imports or moved their manufacturing operations overseas. The Treasury Department estimates 200,000 people are eligible for that credit.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,99637,00.html
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Wwagsthedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 06:37 PM
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1. Thats 200,000 out of 43.6 million uninsured?
Gee, they're such great guys. One small step, huh? By my arithmetic they only have 217 more to go.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 06:42 PM
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2. do we take that out of the paychecks they're not getting?
or do they squeeze it out of the unemployment insurance checks?
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denverbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 06:44 PM
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3. That dumbasses.
Unemployed people need a tax credit like they need a third arm. Just give them free insurance you meatheads.
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 06:49 PM
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5. LOL!
Well said, Bill! :thumbsup:
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 06:47 PM
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4. I thought unemployment was federally tax free..how to credit against
nothing? Will there be a rebate? This is the kind of 'tax credit' for the poor that does nothing for the poor, but makes the repukes look like they are attempting to remedy the situation...more rhetoric and no solutions!
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 07:29 PM
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7. Unemployment is NOT federally tax-free
It used to be, but that changed under Ronnie Reagan, the bum.

Most states--I believe--that have income taxes, don't tax unemployment.
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 06:53 PM
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6. Oh how generous of you all!!!.....But you give 1 man BILLIONs!!!!
Not only one man,
but one MADman!!!!

The biggest crook ever known!!!

A guy who doesn't balance his checkbook!!!
A guy who will never pay it back!!!
A guy who is responsible for blood of our sons and daughters!!!

F*ck the SENATE and the House and the WH Thugs!!!!!

Y'all are rotten to the core!!!
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Gunit_Sangh Donating Member (424 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-09-03 10:22 PM
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8. Let's see ....
You get laid-off, your net monthly income drops by at least 50% if not more. You have little to no savings. You have mortgage, car, credit card, and insurance payments. Utilities, food and all those other living expenses.

A tax credit won't put food on the table now. It might help in april cuz it might help them pay the federal income tax they will owe on their unemployment income.

Thanks a LOT senator!!!!!!!!!!!



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