Magazine article Medical Economics

Can the Tax Man Deliver Health Care to the Uninsured?

Magazine article Medical Economics

Can the Tax Man Deliver Health Care to the Uninsured?

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CONGRESS

More and more, it looks like Congress is going to take the easy way out.

If it does anything this year to decrease the number of without health insurance, it will pass a tax credit. Several bills have been drafted and other proposals are being advanced by the likes of the AMA, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, and the Health Insurance Association of America. There are tax credits to encourage employers to offer insurance. There are tax credits to individuals to help them afford insurance. There are refundable tax credits for poor people so they can get money for insurance.

The tax credit is about as noncontroversial as anything gets in Washington. What sane person would stand up and say Americans should pay more income tax, even if it means going withou health care? What opposition there is to the ide comes from those who think the tax credit mig not work. …

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