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You Can Tax My Health Benefits Too

I don't understand what the problem with this is: Yeah, Obama attacked John McCain for threatening to eliminate the tax exclusion for group health ins

I don't understand what the problem with this is: Yeah, Obama attacked John McCain for threatening to eliminate the tax exclusion for group health insurance, and of course the Villagers are calling President Obama a hypocrite because it's being tossed in as part of the health-care reform discussion, but the most excellent Jonathan Cohn at TNR explains the difference between the two:

But one of the worst kept secrets in Washington these days is that Obama and his advisers are willing to consider the idea of, you guessed it, taxing your health benefits. At least some of the time. For some of the people. To be clear, such a move would happen in the context of an entirely different health reform proposal than McCain was suggesting. McCain's plan would have undermined employer-sponsored insurance and forced large numbers of people to purchase insurance as individuals through an unregulated market, where it can be incredibly tough to buy decent coverage.

Obama's reforms, if executed properly, would make good coverage available to everybody. And they'd still leave in place most employer-sponsored insurance. Changing the tax treatment of health benefits would simply provide a nice way of financing these reforms.

John McCain would have destroyed any chance at health reform, and if this is what it takes, I don't see what the problem is. I make under the 250K, but I'll gladly pay more taxes to help pay for health-care reform. Hell, my private insurance is up to over eight hundred dollars a month now and it only covers me.

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