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  •  Screw taxing health benefits. So what if that (2+ / 0-)
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    beltane, cgirard

    might "get some Republican support onboard". Let them accept taxing churches and minimum 50% corporate profit income tax , or walk the plank bearing their treasure chests.

    •  Yes to corporate tax, no to churches. n.t. (2+ / 0-)
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      stitchmd, Susan from 29

      Nov 4th, 2008, 9:46 central time: The Death of Cynicism. R.I.P.

      by LoneBlackMan on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 02:53:01 PM PST

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    •  Taxing health benefits (1+ / 0-)
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      Abra Crabcakeya

      I think what people forget about this is that the current tax exemption for health benefits is a huge implicit and regressive subsidy.  It effectively gives the biggest tax break--and thus the biggest insurance subsidy--to people with the highest incomes.  This contributes both to the access problem--because poor people get little or no subsidy--and the cost problem--because if you give rich people subsidies, they simply drive up prices for all.  The US is the ONLY nation in the world that uses this system and as a result gives the biggest subsidy for health insurance to the richest people.  A good way of financing at least part of health care reform is to tax health benefits in value above some level (say above the cost of the average or median plan) for people above some income level.  This would result in a far fairer system as well as reduce cost pressures.

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