Senate Revenue Plan A Teacher Tax, Not A “Cadillac” Tax

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 2:20 pm

The so called “Cadillac” tax is, in reality, a teacher tax. It taxes plans based on their cost, but not their generosity. As anyone who has bought health insurance will tell you, the biggest factor in determining the cost of insurance is not how generous the coverage is, but the sex, age, and health status [...]

“Cadillac” Excise Tax A Bad Means to Health Care Reform End

By: Monday January 11, 2010 6:11 pm

If the stated policy goal is to tax very generous employer- provided health care plans, the excise tax in the Senate bill is a terrible way to achieve this policy goal.

The Difference Between Being Unable To Keep A Promise And Being A Liar

By: Thursday January 7, 2010 10:45 am

It really should not come as news to anyone who has followed the health care debate closely, but President Barack Obama now officially fighting for the inclusion of the excise tax on employer-provided health care benefits in the final bill. Obama expressly campaigned against taxing health care benefits, and even mocked the idea of taxing [...]

The Wrong Way To Fix The Excise Tax

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 1:23 pm

Politico is reporting the Nancy Pelosi’s “fix” to the excise tax is to just raise the limit. Pelosi has repeatedly expressed her frustrations about the inclusion of the Cadillac tax in the Senate bill and has sparred with Obama about the issue during face-to-face meetings. Her hope now, House aides say, is to get the [...]

Excise Fix: If You Want to Tax Cadillac Plans, then Only Tax Cadillac Plans

By: Friday December 18, 2009 8:49 am

I’m not a fan of the proposed excise tax on health insurance policies for a variety of reasons. First, like the actuaries at the CMS, I believe the excise tax’s ability to “bend the cost curve” on national health expenditures is almost nonexistent. I share their belief that it holds down “premiums,” but not really [...]

The Senate Bill Is Designed To Make Your Health Insurance Worse

By: Tuesday December 15, 2009 7:46 am

The sole defense of this massive corporate giveaway, formally known as the Senate health care reform bill, is that it would still do some “good,” helping millions of the uninsured. Unfortunately, the bill would dramatically worsen the quality of current insurance coverage for tens of millions Americans, thanks to the new excise tax on insurance [...]

Congress Has Super Amazing Over-The-Top Cadillac Health Insurance

By: Thursday November 5, 2009 4:40 pm

Today, Ezra Klein completely mischaracterized the health insurance benefits provided to members of Congress. Congress receives probably one of the best and most expensive packages of employer provide insurance benefits in the country. That tax, insofar as it is paid at all, will be paid by workers with employer-provided health-care plans that cost about $8,000 [...]