The NHS does not need £2,000 from every UK household to survive because the country’s progressive taxation system means poorer people would pay less.

That’s the argument in the Guardian piece quoted below.

The mainstream media outlets that suggested a flat-rate increase in tax of £2,000 per household failed to take account of the fact.

It’s fake news. And scaremongering.

In fact, it doesn’t even address the other possibilities that don’t require any extra taxation at all.

Yet again, the Tories’ complicit news media are doing their work for them – asking us to believe a lie, that the NHS needs us to pay much more in order to survive in its current form.

That supports the Tory narrative that private corporations could provide a more cost-effective service. If they try to suggest that to you, they will be lying.

But the intention is to expose the public only to information that leads us in the direction the Tories want us to go.

That’s why this article is so valuable. It shows us the methodology behind Tory politics.

Knowing that, we can expose this and other attempts at legerdemain.

The IFS calculated its “average” figures by taking the total amount it calculated the NHS would need and dividing it by the number of households in the country. That’s certainly one way of doing it – it’s not wrong per se – but in terms of informing people about the actual impact on their own finances, it’s very misleading. We have progressive taxation in this country: not every household gets an equally sized bill. Could you pay more if the government chose to cover the cost of social care through a bump in income tax? Sure, but for the vast majority of the country it would be a few hundred pounds.

That’s without engaging with the underlying assumption that a bump in income tax is the way the government will choose to go. Some people have argued that, since the last couple of decades have seen wealth accumulate disproportionately at the very top, government should tax wealth rather than income. Alternatively, researchers have shown that health spending is one of the best ways to stimulate the economy, so the government could opt against tax increases in the short term and instead let healthcare spending act as a fiscal stimulus, at least until purchasing power had increased.

Source: The NHS doesn’t need £2,000 from each household to survive. It’s fake maths | Phil McDuff | Opinion | The Guardian


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