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The Tax Exclusion for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

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This paper reviews the issues raised by and the impacts of the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance. After reviewing the arguments for and against this policy, I present evidence from a micro-simulation model on the impacts on federal revenue, insurance coverage, and income distribution of various reforms to the exclusion.

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  • Gruber, Jonathan, 2011. "The Tax Exclusion for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 64(2), pages 511-530, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:64:y:2011:i:2:p:511-30
    DOI: 10.17310/ntj.2011.2S.04
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