Reid Nevada ally proposes sex tax: taxes for AIDS and abortion next?
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Isn’t it time to tax people with AIDS? Isn’t it time to tax abortions?
To stay on the straight up and narrow, we turn to Dr. Frieden’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (which is to say the US government) for an AIDS definition and some facts, quoting the CDC.
• What Causes AIDS? “AIDS is caused by infection with a virus called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus is passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood and sexual contact. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their babies during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection.”
• AIDS and Men Who Have Sex with Men: “The term men who have sex with men (MSM) refers to all men who have sex with other men, regardless of how they identify themselves (gay, bisexual, or heterosexual). In the United States, HIV and AIDS have had a tremendous impact on MSM.”
• How Many American Men Who have Sex with Men Have AIDS? “AIDS has been diagnosed for more than half a million MSM. Over 300,000 MSM with AIDS have died since the beginning of the epidemic.”
• How Many Men Engage in This Behavior? “MSM made up more than two thirds (68%) of all men living with HIV in 2005, even though only about 5% to 7% of men in the United States reported having sex with other men.”
• How Widespread is this in the African-American Community? “In a 2005 study of 5 large US cities, 46% of African American MSM were HIV-positive.”
• How Widespread is this in the Hispanic-Latino Community? “Hispanics/Latinos comprise 15% of the US population, but accounted for 17% of all new HIV infections occurring in the United States in 2006.”
• What About Women? “HIV and AIDS were originally thought to affect mostly gay men. However, women have always been affected too. And even though more men than women have HIV, women are catching up. In fact, if new HIV infections continue at their current rate worldwide, women with HIV may soon outnumber men with HIV.”
And last but not least, the favorite question posed by all ObamaCare enthusiasts.
• How Much Does HIV/AIDS Cost? Says the CDC: “The Federal Government alone, through the Ryan White CARE Act, Medicaid, and Medicare and other care programs, spent $11.7 billion on HIV-related medical care in 2005. CDC estimates that the aver age cost of lifetime treatment for HIV infection is $210,000. If 40,000 people are newly infected with HIV in one year, the additional cost to society for their lifetime HIV-related medical care may be as high as $8.4 billion.”
To sum up using the liberal logic: getting HIV/AIDS is one heck of an expensive proposition for the health care system. And what is the answer to dealing with behavior that costs us all so much money in health care?
All together now: we…tax it! Be it soda in New York or sex in Nevada, the answer is tax, tax, tax and tax again.
This case having been effectively drilled into us (so to speak) in the Obamacare health care fantasy, isn’t it time to ask: why aren’t we taxing sexual behavior that winds up costing Americans billions? The CDC has been helpful enough to tell us that a single person who contracts HIV/AIDS will need a “lifetime treatment” costing $210,000. If, says Uncle Sam, 40,000 people are newly infected every year, that’s an additional $8.4 billion in costs.
Got it. So how do we do this? How do we tax people who contract AIDS? Not to mention those who walk in with this or that sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
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