One more quick poll-related post today – also courtesy of the Kaiser Family Foundation – done with the Washington Post and released on the 11th of this month. Here is the result of asking Americans what the future of Medicare should look like:
And here is, drumroll, Mitt Romney’s plan for Medicare (emphasis mine):
Medicare is reformed as a premium support system, meaning that existing spending is repackaged as a fixed-amount benefit to each senior that he or she can use to purchase an insurance plan
While we’re at it, you know what is a popular idea?
And how Mitt Romney feels about that idea (my notes in italics):
- Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates [Which would reduce the marginal tax rate for those with incomes of 250k or more by 4.5 percentage points.]
- Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains [Which are overwhelming beneficial to those making more than 250k a year.]
What the heck, let’s do one more:
Raising taxes on the middle-class is not so popular: check. So what does Mitt Romney’s maddeningly-vague plan do? Yeah, it inevitably raise taxes on the middle class (and, by the way, everyone else but the wealthy):
Chart via Derek Thompson, with this explanation (my emphasis in bold):
In TPC’s [Tax Policy Center] illustration, Romney’s plan would raise taxes on every income group except for the top 5 percent. The blue tips in the graph below show you what happens to effective tax rates in a revenue-neutral Romney tax plan. When the right bar is higher than the left bar, that’s where Romney’s tax rate is higher than today’s tax rate.
Hm. I’m sensing a pattern here…