Another reason we should have universal healthcare in this country. Families shouldn't go broke and into huge unrecoverable debit because of health reasons.
In Aus. we may pay higher tax rates but we do get a fairly good "universal" medical insurance scheme for the unemployed, pensioners and chronically ill. I've got cancer and am an age pensioner. If I had to pay the stated price for my 6 monthly injections I'd not be here today.
Paying tax all my working life has been a benefit although for 50 working years I've complained about my taxes.
At the risk of being flamed, I do find it difficult to come to terms with what I read about your 'fiscal cliff" argument that says, I'll not pay more tax, but do want the government to provide me services.
Probably because every time they raise the tax to cover something they also raise "their cut" which means in a year or 2 down the road they are raising the same taxes to cover the exact same things the taxes previously raised were supposed to cover.