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You can't simplify taxes as being a "membership fee" because not everyone pays taxes. And I'm not even talking about people that are poor or make little, I'm talking about people who may be able to completely live independently. If I had a small farm and did not have to engage in selling crops for income, I wouldn't pay taxes. Why? Because I'm not interacting with the society as a whole. Taxes are the costs of doing business with a society. The government takes on costs to create a workable infrastructure for a society, and when you do business therein, you help pay the costs of that society.
If the society decides that every member should have health care and enacts laws to do so, well, then they have changed the rules of their infrastructure. One can disagree or agree with it, but the rules have changed so the costs change as well. I don't look at it as stealing, because it is simply an added cost of doing business in the society. Most people will find that their fortunes are better when they do business in the society, so guess what? You have to pay those costs. I don't see that as a morality play, it's business, and the business of America is business.
I can see the issue where the government requires people to do business in the society via forcing health insurance costs onto its citizens, but if you don't pay income taxes because you're self sustaining, they'll never be able to enforce that law, so it doesn't apply. If you're not living "off the grid", however, what it becomes is essentially changing the pre-requisites for doing business in the society.
I'm sorry if you don't think that there are costs of creating a societal infrastructure, but there are. Taxes are going to happen. We can agree or disagree on to what degree they should happen, how they should be applied, and so forth. But if you believe that taxes are the government stealing from you regardless, then I do not believe there is a rational argument to be had.
(BTW, you could get rid of a lot of this whole "stealing" business if you had some sort of built in federal tax on everything purchased and basically dissolve the IRS. But then you'd be paying much more for the stuff you buy, and you'd get people pissed off in that regard as well. There really is no winning.)
Discuss at your leisure.