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Health Care

: TaxVox
The CBO, the ACA, and the economy: Precision doesn’t mean accuracy. Last Friday, the Congressional Budget Office projected that repeal of the Affordable Care Act would add $137 billion to the national debt over 10 years but boost the economy. But the estimates came with a big warning: “[R]epealing
June 24, 2015Renu Zaretsky
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
In the cover essay in the current issue of The Milken Institute Review , Len Burman calls for a Value-Added Tax (VAT) to pay for government health care costs. Len, the director of Tax Policy Center (and, thus, my boss), argues that a dedicated—and fully transparent--health care VAT would increase
April 24, 2014Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
In just a few years, the 2010 health reform law will begin providing subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people buy health insurance. And that assistance is supposed to be delivered through tax credits—with payments going directly from the IRS to insurance companies. But will those credits
November 28, 2011Elaine Maag
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
The House Republican plan to replace Medicare with vouchers could lower national health spending in only one of two ways: Either seniors would respond to higher out-of-pocket costs by using less—or more efficient--health care, or private insurance companies would ration their care for them. In
May 31, 2011Howard Gleckman
Federal Budget and Economy: TaxVox
Today, at the request of the Peterson Foundation, an ideologically diverse group of six think tanks proposed their long-term solutions to the federal deficit problem. Not surprisingly, they disagreed on most details. But the project reflected surprising consensus (though hardly unanimity) on a some
May 25, 2011Howard Gleckman
Individual Taxes: TaxVox
Last spring, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the new health legislation would reduce the deficit by $143 billion over ten years. Yesterday, CBO estimated that repealing that legislation would increase the deficit by $230 billion over ten years. What gives? Why would it cost $87
January 7, 2011Donald Marron