Why NOT pay for your health care through the tax system. It could be formulated, implemented and effective within one current legislation if it can provide universal coverage as attached to universal suffrage.
PART 1. Caring for the "widows and the orphans"
1. Provide all health care for those under the voting age, and those after a certain age so as to ensure coverage for the vulnerable in American society.
2. Determine the average annual cost of health care for these citizens.
3. Divide it by the number of tax payers.
4. Each tax payer contributes their share to this cost through direct taxation.
PART 2. "Treat others as you would have them treat you"
1. Determine the average cost of health care for individuals between the ages of majority and retirement (non-elective procedures only - including emergency plastic surgery) *
2. Multiply that cost by the factor of 47 (65-18=47) to determine balance of personal health care account. (This factor could change if the retirement age was raised)
3. Divide by number of taxpayers
3. Every citizen who files a tax return will either:
-pay a premium equal to this amount ("scaled to income" if desired by government) for government insurance marketplace which would provide annual average for care, with a percentage of unused funds to be carried forward in a personal care account.
-receive a tax deduction for up to the same amount if a taxpayer purchased his/her own private coverage
PART 3. "Members of the community"
1. Only taxpayers who vote in national, state or local elections will qualify for government assistance or subsidy for health care coverage (dispensations)
2. Only citizens will qualify for subsidy, provided that charities could buy insurance or cover care costs for immigrant communities (legal or otherwise) without the patient being subjected to legal ejection from the country if he/she needed medical care
NOTE: * Abortion services, when entirely a voluntary and elective procedure would not be covered by government funding or subsidy
So... with a particular interest to any American readers, what are the strengths, weaknesses or whatever of this as a framework for getting over the Congressional paralysis over this issue.