Ha — those polls are done by the Kaiser Foundations and others with a dog in the race. When people hear they may pay $4000 more in taxes a year, OF COURSE they say WHOA!

But then when you tell them they will have no premium payments, no deductibles, no co-pays, they can do the math and they realise that for the vast majority of families, they save about $2000 or more every year.

Add the fact that they will never go bankrupt due to medical bills, that they will always be insured even if they quit their job or change jobs or start that small business they always dreamt of, and it is a slam dunk.

Obviously, for the very rich, they will not have a net add, because they will be paying (quantitatively) more in taxes. But then, they don’t really need it, do they?

So yes, I am not saying that there will not be winners and losers. I am simply saying that the 99% will be winners, and the 1% will be “losers” — if you can call people that fabulously wealthy “losers” with a straight face, that is.

Joe is a US Ex-Pat with dual US-EU citizenship, who travels Europe extensively, commenting on trends, attitudes, politics and more.

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