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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
Brief

Washington Times op-ed. Leonard Burman discusses the politics of the health care reform debate.

September 1, 2009
Leonard E. Burman
Brief

Policymakers are considering modifications to the tax treatment of employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) as a way to raise revenue to help pay for health reform and provide incentives to reduce health care costs. Understanding how current subsidies work is important to assessing health reform...

August 18, 2009
Leonard E. BurmanSarah GoodellSurachai Khitatrakun
Brief

In a Washington Times op-ed, Len Burman explains why even this gloom-and-doom outlook is "wildly over-optimistic." The latest CBO budget outlook predicts a bleak scenario if we don't change our current policies.

July 14, 2009
Leonard E. Burman
Brief

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
Brief

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
Testimony

The latest statistics show that 46 million Americans were uninsured in 2007. Health care costs threaten to bankrupt the nation if we can't figure out a way to slow their growth and pay for the government's growing share. Adding to the government's unfunded health care obligations would be...

May 12, 2009
Leonard E. Burman
Research report

This paper outlines a plan for a VAT dedicated to paying for a new universal health insurance voucher combined with a vastly simplified and much flatter income tax. Top income tax rates could be cut to 25% or less and most taxpayers would not have to file returns. The health care voucher would...

April 7, 2009
Leonard E. Burman
Research report

One of the most vexing and contentious issues in taxation is the proper treatment of capital gains-the increase in value of an asset such as shares of company stock or a business. In principle, under an income tax, capital gains should be included in the tax base as they accrue. In practice, if...

March 25, 2009
Leonard E. Burman

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