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Washington Post op-ed, July 9, 2009. Employer-paid health insurance is entirely tax-free a break that will cost the Treasury about $250 billion this year. Len Burman looks at tax-free health insurance provided by employers.

July 10, 2009
Leonard E. Burman
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Washington Times op-ed. Leonard Burman discusses the politics of the health care reform debate.

September 1, 2009
Leonard E. Burman
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The Washington Times. America's days of economic dominance are numbered because we don't save. The government is borrowing like crazy, and households aren't doing much better. The personal savings rate -- the share of after-tax income that people set aside for a rainy day -- has been falling...

November 10, 2009
Leonard E. Burman
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The political debates have quickly centered over whether Obama is heading toward ever-more cumbersome government regulation and price-setting and whether Ryan is opening up unregulated markets that would deprive many of needed health care.

April 26, 2011
C. Eugene Steuerle
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In this posting for the New York Regional Association of Foundations (NYRAG). Gene Steuerle speculates on why foundations have often been absent from such major policy turns as major tax reform, some EITC increases, large budget changes that indirectly squeezed programs of interest to the...

October 4, 2009
C. Eugene Steuerle
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Washington Times op-ed, May 19, 2009. Expanding health-care access is a top priority for the Obama administration, and leaders in Congress are on board. Political leaders also agree that any health insurance expansion must not increase the deficit. So how do we pay for health care without...

May 28, 2009
Leonard E. Burman
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One promising aspect of retirement saving policy in recent years is the "automatic" or opt-out features in 401(k) plans. Automatic 401(k)s enable saving even if the worker makes no effort to participate in their 401(k) plan. Prior research has shown that automatic enrollment increased...

October 30, 2008
Christopher Geissler, Benjamin H. Harris
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain wants to suspend the federal gas tax for the summer travel season. Truckers say they like the idea. In this Marketplace commentary, Len Burman, Director of the Tax Policy Center explains why Senator McCains proposal wont get us where...

April 18, 2008
Leonard E. Burman
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What if President William Howard Taft and his Congress had written laws that specified how all the governments revenues at the beginning of the 21st century were to be spent? Preposterous? Well, the laws on the books today not only dictate how all revenues collected in 2030 and beyond will be...

April 2, 2008
C. Eugene Steuerle
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President Bush's new health care proposal ignores the most important problems in the current health care system: a lack of guaranteed affordable, accessible, and adequate insurance coverage for those with modest incomes or with high health needs. The proposal's focus on limiting the tax...

February 1, 2007
Linda J. Blumberg, John Holahan