Raising Women’s Voices

Healthcare Benefits as Income?

Posted in Affordability, Health Reform Policy Proposals by raisingwomensvoices on March 19, 2009

On March 15, two aides in Obama’s administration–Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House Council of Economic Adviers, and CEA member Austan Goolsbee–downplayed reports that the president might be willing to tax individuals on the value of employer-paid benefits as part of an effort to reform the health system.

dollarMs. Romer claimed that, in line with his position during the campaign, taxing benefits is not in the proposal, and Obama remains skeptical of counting benefits as part of an individual’s income.

Republicans meanwhile criticize the unclear language referring to the “down payment” of $634 billion to reform healthcare, and remain curious where the rest of the money will come from.


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