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Senator McCain Wants to Tax Your Health Care Benefits

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by KenH, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

    May 18, 2002
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    McCain's Tax Increase on Health Care

    It is an embarrassment to John McCain's advisors that they have sent him into battle with a tax agenda that costs trillions of dollars yet delivers no benefit to tens of millions of middle-class Americans.

    Since it's apparently too late to change course, McCain advisors Martin Feldstein and John Taylor take a different tack: they misstate what McCain's plan actually does. In today's Wall Street Journal, Feldstein and Taylor try to manufacture a tax cut from McCain's health care plan. While admitting that McCain’s plan would tax health benefits (which are largely tax-free today), they say that “the vast majority” of taxpayers would get a net tax cut because McCain’s new health insurance credit “exceeds the extra taxes on existing benefits.”

    They are wrong. The first problem is that McCain aides insist their plan has
    no net cost to the federal budget. This means that for every dollar in tax cuts, there must be another dollar in tax increases. The existing tax benefits go to about 160 million Americans, tens of millions of whom would face higher taxes under McCain's plan.

    The second problem is that, unlike existing benefits, McCain’s tax credit won’t keep up with rising premiums over time. It is
    limited to the inflation rate – expected to be about 2 percent a year – while premiums will grow at 7 percent a year. Before long, nearly all families would be paying higher taxes on their health insurance.

    - rest at http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_.../02/mccain-s-tax-increase-on-health-care.aspx

  2. LadyEagle

    LadyEagle <b>Moderator</b> <img src =/israel.gif>

    Feb 7, 2002
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    Well, the last paragraph of your article shows just how little the authors (probably lefties) know about health care insurance:

    Insurance companies don't and won't pay for everything and anything and patients really don't get a menu to pick from as far as expensive versus cheap.

    So, basically your article is a bunch of hot air written about something the author/authors don't know much, if anything, about.