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FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ This write- up is an open letter from Roy J. Meidinger, author of "The Truth About the Healthcare Industry."
In order to rebuild our manufacturing industry, create manufacturing jobs, make greater profits, pay higher salariesand give employees greater freedom, we must change our healthcareindustry and the way we pay for it.
The United States cannot compete with other industrial countries because our manufacturing costs of goods is higher than their selling prices of similar goods. Our manufacturing costs have increased year after year during the past three decades because our national healthcare expenditures have increased during these same periods, while the international competitors have maintained low healthcare expenditures. The reason is they are on a single-payer healthcare system while we are not. Our country's national healthcare expenditures are 18 percent of the GDP on health care, while other industrial countries average about seven percent of gross domestic product. Our manufacturers incur the costs of health care into the price of manufactured goods, while our international competitors do not.
In the United States, the majority of healthcare costs are paid by employers. Employer healthcare costs come in two categories: direct costs, the costs paid for the employees' benefits, and indirect costs, the health care costs included in products or services they purchase from others; and Social Security costs. All goods or services that are utilized have built into its price direct costs of health care for its employees and indirect costs.
All manufacturers must sell their products at a price above their cost break-even line. Any cost incurred by a manufacturer is marked up a reasonable amount to set the selling price, cover taxes, cover product over-runsand make a profit.For this discussion, I am going to use a 40 percent markup.
Our country spends 18 percent of the GDP on health care. When you mark up the 18 percent by an additional 40 percent, the total cost of direct and indirect cost goes to about 25 percent.
Since 1982, the healthcare industry increased its share of the GDP from seven percent to today's 18 percent. Correspondingly, themanufacturing industry decreased its share of the GDP from 34 percent to 23 percent. As the manufacturing marginal costs became greater than the competitive prices of similar goods due to increased healthcare costincreases, the companies closed and filed for bankruptcy. The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice were negligent in not recognizing the harm one industry was doing to another industry. Our antitrust laws are not only meant to protect us from one company becoming dominant in one industry but also to protect another industry from being damaged by a rival industry.
The legislative branch of our government got into the healthcare business in 1965 but failed to control the costs spent on health care. There is an axiom that states: When the government goes into business, it never fails but passes on its losses to the people by increasing taxes. This is what happened with Medicare and Medicaid. There was an early warning sign in 2006. The amounts listed on the beneficiaries' bills was causing problems. The General Accounting Office was charged with determining the costs for Medicare Part B hospital out-patient services. In its report to Congress, it noted that if it would be allowed to recompute the Medicare Part A hospital in-patient services, Medicare could save 72 percent for this program. This fact was never acted on and completely ignored. Today, the could-save figure would be closer to 85 percent.
To bring back our manufacturing industry, create new companies and increase production of manufactured goods for export, we must lower our national healthcare costs, which are now part of and paid below the manufacturers' cost break-even points, and move them above the cost break-even point; we must pay for health care out of profits. Not only healthcare costs but all costs the employer pays associated with its employees, including Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). Our international competitors have already done this and their goods are more competitively priced.
We can produce goods at lower prices than our international competitors. It is a fact that we still have a high productivity ratingdue to the adaptation of automation, a well-trained labor force, a very strong infrastructure supporting businesses and low energy costs. We have been investing in better technology and greater automation; our international competitors have been investing in new technologies and automation. WE have trillions of dollars waiting and looking for the coming of a second industrial revolution in the United States and a rebirth of our manufacturing dominance.
Lowering corporate taxes is a benefit to existing businesses, giving them a short-term profit. But, lowering taxes does not lower the cost of manufacturing because it only affects the revenues above the cost break-even line. The Congressional Budget Office has just revised the forecast downward for the creation of new jobs because of the latest tax refund legislation and increased the increase to the national debt from $11.5 billion to $13.5 billion for the next 10 years.
When these recommendations are implemented, there will be many changes taking place, some good and some bad. On the good side, everyone will be covered for health care, people with pre-existing conditions will be covered and people will have their choice of healthcare provider. Employees with existing illnesses or disabling skills will be able to get jobs and hold on to them with their skills to produce. The money allocated to the employees for health care will be paid to them in the form of higher wages, about $10,000 per employee, plus FICA taxes. The salary increase will be the biggest recorded in our nation's history while creating a huge consumer group flush with money. The 1.7 million personal bankruptcies due to healthcare costs will be eliminated. The 25 percent of administrative healthcare expenditures for billing and collecting will be eliminated. The national healthcare expenditure will be cut in half or lower. With universal health care, all employees will have a freedom of choice of where they work and not have to worry about changing jobs with a loss of medical coverage. The state's Medicaid expenditures will be eliminated and should immediately be moved to offset the cost of free higher education, like every other industrial country.
On the downside, the bad news is: Based on a comparison with the insurance companies' employees per capita of Canada, 250,000 sales jobs will be lost - there is no need for salespeople; these sales jobs should easily be moved to the manufacturing industry. Taxes paid for The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) will be increased and a flat tax added to the corporate and personal income rates. The total FICA taxis 15.3 percent. That percentage is applied to the employee's gross pay. The employer and employee each pay 7.65 percent. Here is the breakdown of these taxes:
- Within that 7.65 percent, the OASDI (Old Age, Survivorsand Disability program, aka Social Security) portion is 6.2 percent, up to the annual maximum wages subject to Social Security.
- The Medicare portion is 1.45 percent for each employee, on all employee earnings.
The new amount of the flat tax will have to be determined by the General Accounting Office and should be added on all earned income tax levels, which will ensure all people pay their fair amount of taxes. The medical portion should only rise three percent to four percent, raising each contribution to 10.65 percent to 11.65 percent. Included will be the government's obligation to our military veterans. The rise in the amount collected for the new taxes will be far lower than each person's increase of income.
Our progressive personal income tax system is fair. We realize certain individuals will always make more than others and keep most of it because it is a strong motivator for success. We also realize that when more is given to an individual under our capitalistic system, more has to be given to the government for the maintenance of the country, maintenance of our capitalistic system and the benefit of its citizens who make it possible.When the transition is finished, we must allow market forces to stabilize all industries and keep government interference to a minimum.
The country must make the changes advocated or we will be facing financial ruin. Manufacturing creates wealth. Without a strong manufacturing industry, we will become a third-world country, with our main industry becoming agriculture. The cost of our produce will keep rising because other rich nations will be buying our produce and will inflate our costs.
Every candidate for Congress, no matter what party, must support these changes. Any candidate that does not support these changes should not be elected. This is a win-win situation for each party. It is our responsibility to notify our representatives what we want. It is our responsibility to make sure these changes are implemented.
Roy J. Meidinger
14893 American Eagle Ct.
Fort Myers, Fl. 33912
Tel No. 954-790-9407
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