A Blueprint for Tax Reform and Health Reform: Before the Senate Committee on Finance
Publication Date: May 2008
Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center
Author(s): Leonard E. Burman
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Elderly; Health Insurance; Tax Policy; Tax Distribution and Economic Trends
In this testimony Burman outlines a plan for tax reform that would maintain progressivity, raise enough revenues to finance the government, and dovetail with plans to provide universal access to health insurance. It would combine a value-added tax (VAT) dedicated to pay for a new universal health insurance voucher with a vastly simplified and much flatter income tax. With a new financing source for health care, income tax rates could be cut sharply-the top rates could be cut to 25 percent or less. The health care voucher would also offset the inherent regressivity of a VAT. And, under the simplified system, most Americans would not have to file income tax returns.