Raising Women’s Voices

Health care and taxes

Posted in DC Reform, Insurance companies by raisingwomensvoices on May 22, 2009

Stuart Butler from the Washington Times made a parallel to the famous 1985 screen adaptation of the novel by George Barr McCutcheon, “Brewster’s Millions” in his most recent article. The story revolves around a man given the challenge of spending (without having resulting wealth from that spending) an absurd amount of money to receive at the end of the challenge an even more absurd amount of money. But this parallel is not about extravagant lifestyles or personal wealth – Butler calls on the film to represent the current health care crisis in the United States.

“Brewster’s tax code, you see, directs most of the coverage subsidy to people with good incomes who already have generous coverage. Little or no help goes to those who are just scraping by and can’t afford even a basic plan. It also limits the subsidy only to plans arranged by employers. Families without employer-sponsored coverage get zip. It’s a great way to use up the dough and leave millions without coverage.”

In this opinion piece, Butler proposes his solution: cap the amount of employer-based health insurance that is tax free and use the revenue to assist those unable to pay. For Butler’s full proposal, click here.

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