There's not much beyond a 1-2K cost associated with an ER room visit, compared to 100s of thousands for chronic disease care. What I'm suggesting is something between "we'll pay for everything" and "we'll pay for nothing" that can be budgeted for and improves everyone's general life without taxing them into oblivion. Feel free to suggest an alternative that doesn't result in 50+% tax rates. Or pick another percentage, it doesn't matter, certain chronic diseases have unlimited costs associated with them as they progress, and the quality of life rapidly goes down. For instance, aging (the ultimate chronic disease) can go into million $ plus treatments near the end, to prolong the "life" for another few minutes, hours, or days. Where do you stop treatment? Not stepping on the slippery slope at all, by stating we'll only treat known fixable issues caps potential costs, as those are relatively well known, and provides at least a base health care for all. It's doable and most importantly, more affordable than the current solution. It should have been what was implemented instead of Obamacare. IMHO.