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Taxing health insurance is anti-prosperity

Published:Monday | March 13, 2017 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

For more than a year, at every turn, we've heard our Government voice the words 'growth' and 'prosperity'. But is that just talk?

Why would the same Government do something that is calculated to negatively impact growth and prosperity, its number one stated goal.

Health is fundamental to production and productivity, which themselves are fundamental to growth and prosperity.

Taxing health insurance premiums in a poor society will adversely affect health outcomes, pushing the prosperity goal further away.

Does our Government not understand the link between health and education, and the role of education in building prosperity? Does Government understand the inextricable bond between health and happiness the ultimate human desire?

It is a no-brainer that messing with health is counterproductive.

It is far better to 'steal' a little more money from the National Housing Trust than to tax health insurance premiums, which will adversely affect the health of a significant sector of our population.

PATRICK D. ROBINSON

pdougrobins@gmail.com

Stony Hill, St Andrew