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Subject:  Re: Another 2015 budget proposal impacting retir Date:  3/25/2014  3:22 PM
Author:  PSUEngineer Number:  74626 of 102455

I understand what you are saying. However, this sort of taxation on non-discretionary medical expenses could very easily ruin someone even faster than just the medical bills themselves. There is very little way to predict or control your emergency expenses in the medical area. You can choose to live in an apartment or a luxury home, buy mac and cheese or filet, but if you need a triple bypass?

Medical care is non-discretionary but some medical expenses are not. Housing is non-discretionary but some housing expenses are not. Food is non-discretionary but some food expenses are not. Clothing is non-discretionary but some clothing expenses are not. Determining what medical, food, housing and clothing expenses are non-taxable and taxable is what complicates any proposed tax system if you are going to have exceptions. When you start granting exceptions, then lobbyists and Congress messes things up.

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