Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

(Mis-)Using The Tax System To Subsidizehealth Spending

Contents:

Author Info

  • Antos, Joseph R.
Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    Health reform created the opportunity to redirect tax incentives to promote greater equity, efficiency, and choice in insurance markets. The opportunity, however, has largely been lost. First, tax credits for insurance will be available only through new health insurance exchanges, not to workers with coverage through their employers, which discriminates against one group of low-income people over another based on where they work, not what they can afford. Second, the “Cadillac” tax on highcost insurance is intended to improve incentives for efficiency in the health system, but it is only a half step that also creates new inequities. Third, new taxes imposed on insurers and health suppliers will ultimately be paid by consumers, contrary to some claims. Finally, a new Medicare tax fails to stabilize the program’s financing and could have the perverse effect of delaying adoption of difficult policy actions needed to place Medicare on a sustainable fiscal path.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: http://www.ntanet.org/NTJ/63/4/ntj-v63n04p681-94-mis-using-tax-system.pdf
    Download Restriction: no

    File URL: http://www.ntanet.org/NTJ/63/4/ntj-v63n04p681-94-mis-using-tax-system.html
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

    Volume (Year): 63 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 681-94

    as in new window
    Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:63:y:2010:i:4:p:681-94

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: 725 15th St. NW #600. Washington, D.C. 20005-2109
    Phone: (202)737-3325
    Fax: (202) 737-7308
    Email:
    Web page: http://www.ntanet.org/
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords:

    References

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    Citations

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:63:y:2010:i:4:p:681-94. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Charmaine Wright).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.