Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: Hey, Now Is A Good Time For The Government To Start Up A New Insurance Program
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is talked about as a dark-horse 2016 presidential candidate (if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run). She’s clearly keeping her options open and laying some preliminary groundwork by getting some attention for her American Opportunity Agenda. Mostly it’s a list of warmed over big government ideas that liberals, especially women, love.
Today E.J. Dionne promotes one of her originalish ideas…government administered paid maternity/family leave.
For all these reasons, it was exciting last week to see Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduce the FAMILY Act, the acronym standing for their Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act. The bill would provide partial income for up to 12 weeks of leave for new parents and for other family demands, such as care for a sick family member, including a domestic partner.
The usual knock on proposals of this sort is that they would put an excessive economic burden on employers — or cost the federal government money it doesn’t have. Gillibrand and DeLauro, both Democrats, solve this problem by establishing FAMILY as an insurance program. Premiums would range from about $72 to $227 a year, depending on a person’s income. The maximum benefit is capped at $4,000 a month. They expect the average monthly benefit to be less than half that.
Yes, fresh off the launch of ObamaCare, liberals are back at it.
How would this new government insurance scheme be funded? By a tax or a penalty or whatever Chief Justice Roberts calls it.
This trust would be funded by employee and employer contributions of 0.2 percent of wages each, creating a self-sufficient program that would not add to the federal budget.
We’ll I’m sure their projections would be totally right and there’d never be any upward pressure on the system to pay more than it took in because there’s no history of the government setting up an unsustainable insurance program.
They never learn and they never stop.
This of course is the danger of getting into a bidding war with Democrats over “small” government programs aimed at buying people’s votes with their own money. ..they will always find a way to up the ante. That’s a lesson the GOP never learns and never stops trying to do.
Oh by the way, this exciting new idea? You can already buy this kind of coverage on the private market. But unless the government is running something, liberals don’t think it exists.