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Most of us have had some subsidized care

Letter to the Editor

The recent Norton’s Café endorsement occasion for Scott Brown gave us the usual GOP blather and very specific promises by both Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Brown to repeal Obamacare.

Rather than address their political promises, isn’t our primary interest this: To whom is the “repeal” slogan directed? ...

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The recent Norton’s Café endorsement occasion for Scott Brown gave us the usual GOP blather and very specific promises by both Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Brown to repeal Obamacare.

Rather than address their political promises, isn’t our primary interest this: To whom is the “repeal” slogan directed?

Was it to my fellow retirees whose Medicare is subsidized by the American taxpayer? Was it to us Social Security retirees in our 80s who long ago used up our contributions and are now subsidized by working Americans? American taxpayers cannot opt out of paying these mandatory taxes.

Was it to the millions of Americans who have, or had, “employer provided” health care? We all know, or should know, that such health care comes under the category of “tax expenditures.” That is, the employer pays from pre-taxed income, rather than from taxed income. The employee is not, and has not been, taxed on this benefit as part of his/her income. The taxes not paid on these incomes have been made up for by the American taxpayer in mandatory taxes, or by federal borrowing, which adds to the much ballyhooed federal debt.

So, dear reader, if you are in one of the above categories and oppose “Obamacare,” please tell us why you oppose other Americans having subsidized health care, which you have now and have had most of your life.

John Hostage

Nashua