As healthcare insurance premiums rise at their fastest rate in a decade, more Americans with higher incomes are going without. While the working poor make up the biggest chunk of the 41.2 million uninsured Americans, the Census Bureau estimates there are 6.6 million Americans with household incomes above $75,000 who do not have health insurance.
USA Today, Nov. 22, 2002
Nov 24, '02
Cost of living..... not too sure. I know we have a high standard of living and probally that costs...... food for example probally costs more here than in the US, but I can not say for sure...since I live in Canada and the price of a loaf of bread, depending on what kind you buy can range from 90 cents to 1.49.
I know that some Americans feel out income taxes are high, hum again, not too sure since I live here. Every two weeks I pay about 380 in taxes, and I make about 23.00 dollars an hour ( I go to 25 dollars in hourin May 2003) ( 2 years of experience as an RN) The top RN here in Ontario makes about 32-33 dollars an hour- and of course, they would have a higher tax rate, 8 years to get to the top of the pay scale.
My feeling from listening to the news and reading alot of newspapers is the gap between poor and high income is not as severe here as in other parts of the world- the US for example. But we are looked at as a more socialist country and have fairly strong social supports in place for disadvantaged and the ill.
So, all in all, I have not really answered your quesion...about the cost of living. Everything of course, has a cost. Health care, social programs, ect.... and we all pay for it in one way or another. Being Canadian, I would rather have a higher tax rate and know my fellow Canadians are getting the health care they need and deserve....but like I said before...it is a Canadian point of view.
Last edit by JMP on Nov 24, '02