In James McCusker’s column this week (“Will ‘free stuff tempt Americans to try socialism?” Dec. 1), he mentioned that “American families earning the average wage would be taxed $2,000 to $5,000 more per year … if the U.S. had current Nordic policies.”
My income falls in the lower-middle category, and I paid over $9,000 in health insurance premiums alone last year, after my Affordable Care Act subsidy. That doesn’t include out-of-pocket health care expenses, which thankfully due to my generally good health, were only a few hundred dollars this year. I would gladly swap those expenses for a $5,000 increase in taxes! And I would have been able to undergo all of the diagnostic tests that were recommended by my physician, instead of declining some of them because I would have had to pay for them out of pocket.
Furthermore, under a socialist system I would have the comfort of knowing that my fellow citizens of all income levels were being provided basic services, improving the quality of life for us all.
So yes, “free stuff” is well worth the price of socialism.