I see that you have some concerns about "wealth redistribution" that is such a buzz term and really silly. I happen to also work for Kaiser and have for 13 yrs and love it! We give good care and every one i work with is pretty happy including Dr's. it is not perfect by any stretch but we all do our level best to provide good care. I know alot of people feel differently than I do but the one thing we all have in common is a love of country and other Americans. I would do anything to keep our country safe and living in peace and I just don't beleive the republicans know what they are doing, they are so for the rich and the big business that may give them a great job or something when they leave congress or whatever. The democrats do it too. that is why I went independent. In the end us folks in the middle want to same thing a great place to raise kids and home to live in when old and feeble and healthcare for all. We deserve it and We should really make some hard changes to accomplish these basic care needs. The rich need to have that tax cut ended and our government needs to GET BUSY and get it done.
I agree with much of what you say. To those who say "I don't want to pay for other people's healthcare" - I say - we all pay for each other benefits. If you work for a private company that depends on government contracts (like Westinghouse research or Boeing or Lockheed Martin) then my tax dollars go to pay for your job. If your congressman takes federal dollars back to your district for some project then my tax dollars are being used to help the people in your district and visa versa. That's what redistribution of tax dollars is all about. You have the right to contact your rep if you don't like where your tax dollars are going.
For social security - the deduction you pay now from your paycheck is going to today's recipients and when you retire and receive SS it will come from that time's current worker's contributions. The problem is that when SS was started there were 13 workers for every recipient and today there are 3. Plus only the first $106,000 in wages is taxed. How stupid is that? Why should Bill Gates only pay SS taxes on the first $106,000 of his earnings? Tax 100 percent of earnings. Most people earn under $106,000 anyway so it won't affect them.