Corruption is the cruelest and biggest tax of all, and nothing s ays "corruption" like the way our seniors have been sold out by Democrats and Republicans alike.
The Medicare Prescription Drug law, passed in 2003, took effect in 2006. Since then, millions of seniors have been forced to choose between buying food and paying for prescription drugs. Thanks to Democrats and Republicans, Medicare is forbidden by law to negotiate prices on drugs, and America's seniors pay the highest prices in the world. The Pharma Cartels paid their money, and got hundreds of billions in extra profits from those who can least afford it, courtesy of Republicans and Democrats.
In case a senior has any money left after overpaying thousands per year for prescriptions, the banks generously pay 1% or less for Certificates of Deposit while they earn record profits, thanks to nice banking laws enacted by Democrats and Republicans.
Wonder why your homeowners insurance is up by $500 when there hasn't been a hurricane for years? Wonder why your local taxes for "indigent health care" are up by 50%? Wonder why every bill you pay keeps going higher? Thank your friendly Republicans and Democrats in Tallahassee.
These are just a few examples of massive corporate-welfare programs that transfer money directly from seniors to the greediest and most profitable corporations in the world, brought to you by Democrats and Republicans.
The Republicans and Democrats are the problem, so we can't expect any solutions from them.
My name is Farid Khavari. I am an economist, not a politician. I am a senior citizen, too, 71 years young. I am running for governor as an independent, to work for the people of Florida, not some political party or big-money special interests.
I have an Economic Plan for Florida. On my website, www.khavariforgovernor.com, you will find a comprehensive plan, explained in detail, not in slogans. I hope you will read all about it. For now, let's look at what I will do for seniors as your independent governor, at no cost to Florida's taxpayers.
With your help, we can slash the cost of prescription drugs. Here's my two-pronged approach to slash prices now, and then to recover billions for the people who have overpaid in the past.
First, we will enact a tax that even the Tea Party will love. Huh? Look at this! We will tax the drug companies and their distributors in Florida 110% of the difference on the price they sell each pill for in Florida compared to what they sell it for in Canada, Europe, and the rest of the world. Then, when you go to the pharmacy, you get a discount of 100% of that difference on every prescription. The pharmacy is reimbursed from the tax money, and the 10% is used by the state to administer the program and reduce other taxes. Either the pharma cartels will give us the right prices, or we will make the prices right ourselves.
I will present a 5-page bill to the legislature on March 1, 2015, specifying this tax. Maybe they'll pass it. Fortunately, Florida is a Direct Democracy state, and we can pass laws without the legislature. I will personally lead the petition drive to get this tax (and rebate program) on the next ballot in Florida.
Second, as governor I will file a lawsuit on behalf of all Floridians against the pharma cartels, Medicare, and the U.S. government for price-fixing, corruption and racketeering, demanding our share of the hundreds of billions stolen from seniors and everyone else in Florida, plus damages. Remember the tobacco lawsuits? We can win, and this time the money will go back to every customer who overpaid for every prescription, not to the state or a bunch of lawyers. I will invite other governors to join the lawsuit. I don't expect many Republicans or Democrats to help, do you?
Now what about those banks? On my website you will read about my proposal for a SuperBank owned by all of the people of Florida, and why even your local banks will love it. This bank will do for Floridians what no other bank can or will do. For example, it will pay 5% for CD's, and offer 2%/15-year mortgages, among other things, paid for by issuing 6% credit cards, and even earning a billion or two for the state.
Homeowners' insurance can be cut by 30% by turning the tables on the greedy insurance companies and corrupt Democrats and Republicans. We can improve the quality of health care and reduce costs by 30%, too. You can read about this on my website.
Rick Scott brags he will spend $100 million on his campaign. Charlie Crist has already raised millions in special-interest money, too. The big-money special interests spend so much because they get billions in return. How can an independent candidate win? Here's how.
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