Tuesday, August 25, 2009
News Talk Online August 25, 2009: Population Growth, Tax Implications of Health Reform
The United States’ population is now over 306 million and is growing at the net gain of one person every 10 seconds. By 2050 the U.S. population is expected to reach 438 million. According to the Population Reference Bureau, the United States is the only developed country that significantly contributes to global population growth.
Among the concerns that these statistic raises are the effects of over-population on climate change, dwindling water resources in some regions of the nation and the impact of population growth on the cost of health care.
Those concerned with population growth also argue that it will result in a revamping of the nation's social systems such as health care and education.
Joining us on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com today to talk about why the issue of population growth has not been part of the public debate was David Paxson, founder and president of World Population Balance.
Roni Deutch, the Tax Lady, also joined us to talk about the tax implications of the current health reform proposal. Deutch says there are hidden taxes and fees at play - the representation, she says that most people won't be taxed further to pay for reform is - she says - misleading at best.