Extreme Liberal Scheme Would Impose a French-Style Value-Added Tax

WASHINGTON — Americans for Tax Reform today has learned that House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Minority Member John Dingell (D-MI) has a not-so-secret plan to impose Hillarycare on the United States.

H.R. 15, the “National Health Insurance Act” would create a government-run health care scheme, complete with an oversight board full of bureaucrats and a complicated flowchart only Al Gore could understand.  Dingell pays for the plan with a 5% value-added tax (VAT).

“The American people have rejected socialized medicine again and again,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.  “They need to know that this is on the national agenda if control of the House of Representatives goes to the Democrats.” 

A value-added tax would ruin America’s economy the same way it ruined Europe’s.  This largely-invisible tax is an easy one for liberals to raise again and again.  Since the mid-1960’s, Europe has seen a tax increase of almost 50% due to the value-added tax, while the tax levels in the United States have remained nearly constant.

 “Fortunately, ATR has assembled a bulwark against this tax increase—the anti-VAT caucus,” continued Norquist.  “These 62 members of the U.S. House will fight a VAT tooth and nail—especially if it is to pay for socialized medicine.”