by Gordon Prickett
Hearing DFLer Colleen Nardone & Republican Chuck Marohn tackling healthcare reform Thursday morning today leads me to add some facts to the opinions that were expressed.
Possibly, the idea is just that we don't know the precise cost of these goods, so we treat them like they are free. That used to be the case with air and water, but no more.
As for our roads, with every gallon of Minnesota gasoline, drivers now pay a tax of 43.9 cents per gallon.This includes a federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, which goes into the highway trust fund, for Interstate and U.S. highway and bridge construction and maintenance.Since October 2008, our state gasoline tax is 25.5 cents per gallon, for state highways and bridges and County State-Assisted Highways. Our roadways are not free to drivers.
As a Medicare-covered geezer since 2001, I can confirm Colleen's report of successful Medicare experience from her friend. In 2009 my wife and I will pay combined fees of $2,313.60 for Medicare Parts A and B. Add to that $258, in deductibles. These fees are deducted our Social Security monthly payments. Our payroll contributions for Social Security began back in the 1950s and continue for our part-time employment.
Medicare is not free to us.
My employer's retirement health care package has had steep annual cost increases for the last five years.
Gordon Pricket lives on Nord Lake in Aitkin County