In this country, the public health system is paid for by the Medicare Levy, 1.5% of your taxable income. Single people earning more than $50,000 (or married couples earning more than $100,000) who do not have private health insurance have to pay another 1.0%. Because the threshold is not indexed, more people than ever have to pay the surcharge.
The idea is to encourage private health insurance, and marriage.
Health Minister Tony Abbot says that the surcharge is one of the government's more successful policies. Well compared with the War in Iraq, Seasprite helicopters, and IT outsourcing, it may be.
I refuse to participate in this sort of exercise. Bill me.