Since I'm blocked from posting on another blog, I want to post my answer here.
Is taxing health care benefits unconstitutional?
No, it isn't. However, that doesn't mean I approve of any tax bill. What is unconstitutional is forcing private citizens to buy health care from for-profit companies. A single-payer system would change this.
If a tax on benefits is unconstitutional, then what about unemployment tax? Yet, nobody would ever collect it after losing a job if it didn't exist. Forcing a business owner to carry Workmen's Compensation is also unconstitutional, but if you've ever had an accident in a state where it's mandatory, you're probably very happy there's a law to protect you.
What about mandatory auto insurance? If someone smashed into you today, I bet you'll cross your fingers he has a current driver's license and carries insurance.
There are a lot of unfair expenses we are burdened with every day, especially taxes on our own property. It's supposed to help the community, pay for local services and schools. I don't have children, but I still have to pay the same millage rate as a family with 5 kids in school, and they get a huge break on their Federal taxes!
Look at your phone bill sometimes. There are so many surcharges and communication taxes that I can't figure out what they're for half the time. So that's a tax on talking.
Not all taxes are bad taxes, but I suppose that's a personal opinion. We pay Soc Sec & Medicare taxes so we have a cushion when we retire or become disabled, along with medical benefits. For some very strange reason, many recipients of Medicare don't realize it's a 100% government run program, as close to socialized medicine as you can get.
Anyway, this wasn't meant to be a blog entry. Just a brief response, although brevity has never been my strongest suit! I would appreciate those who block me and others who have asked me not to post my opinions on their blogs to extend me the same courtesy. I'm usually very open-minded and love to debate issues, but I cannot do that when dealing with the "just say no to everything" crowd.