Yet another reason I will never live in New England ever again
If you've read my blog at all, you most likely know I'm a former New Englander. For those not aware, New England is the northeast region of the U.S. comprised of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Residents of New England are nice enough but have a good dose of being bitter complainers. There are two primary reasons why. First is the brutal winters, and second is the way every state taxes the ever-lovin' crap out of you.
Want proof? See this article. It's an older article but the figures haven't changed much. Four of the six New England states have some of the highest taxes in the nation, including Connecticut where I used to live.
My sister recently visited from Massachusetts, another New England state. While speaking we got on the topic of health insurance. And I found out from what she told me that MA passed legislation in 2007 that required every single citizen to have health insurance coverage 9 out of the 12 months of the year. And if you don't, you are stiffly fined for not having it.
There are no bones about it, every single citizen must have health insurance. This means from the moment you're born and take your first breath, you owe money. You have no choice. You must pay to breathe.
I am the furthest away from being political in any way, shape or form, but this just took the cake with me. MA is an awesome place to live. Truly. It has character and the people are wonderful, but this just mandatory insurance crapola further cements my vow that I will never live in New England ever again.
I can't believe the Libertarians were right all along.. but they were.
Part of the reason I moved to Florida is because this state is one of the scant few left that has no state income tax. They don't need it. And contrary to popular belief, this state is run like a well-oiled machine compared to any state in New England.
Hopefully Florida will remain unchanged for a good long time. There is no change needed nor required from my perspective. Others would disagree with me, and that's fine - but I love Florida exactly as it is.
And paying just to breathe is not my idea of freedom, nor should it be anyone else's.
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