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Web letter by E. Gene Gorrell: Championing health care for all could make Stutzman a hero

One of the great benefits of living in America is not having privileged classes – at least officially. No one group or class has special benefits not provided to all other Americans, except for one group that I will address in a minute.

Another benefit we share is knowing we are in a society that recognizes the importance of good health and well-being, that knows that good physical and mental health are key factors needed for a strong democracy and good economics. I’m sure this recognition was a key factor when President Barack Obama devised a health care program based on the successful Romney-Care plan in Massachusetts.

Yet some congressmen don’t feel compelled to provide good health care to all citizens. They have even spent millions of American tax dollars trying to oppose implementation of the Romney-Obama-Care program. Yet all members of Congress have excellent health care coverage at no cost – to them.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman could enlist the help of his fellow Congress members and replace the current program with the same health care coverage members of congress share – and at the same cost. After all, they are loyal Americans who believe in equal treatment of all under the law. Enacting an “American Congressional Universal Health Care Program” would prove to all Americans that Congress has the best interest of all Americans at heart, not just privileged members of Congress.

How to pay for it? Simply add a 3 percent federal income tax on each additional $300,000 of net income above our present tax limits. But unlike 100 years ago when taxes went up to 99 percent, stop when the tax level reaches 64 percent. Doing this will still leave the big earner getting a billion dollar year-end bonus with $366 million – $1 million a day (even in leap years) to take care of daily cab fares, coffee, postage, shoe shines, etc. And that $664 million in taxes would go a long way in paying for health care coverage for at least 332,000 Americans ($2,000 each)? Only 1,000 such big earners’ bonuses would provide every American with excellent health benefits just like every other member of Congress has.

If Stutzman can get such legislation passed, his name would likely go down in history as a truly compassionate American patriot.