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Dealing with the Original Sin Driving Health Costs

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Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): C. Eugene Steuerle

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: Children; Child Health; Tax Policy; Health and Health Care

Type: Report


In budget policy, myths are progress's number one enemy. One silly fiction now making the rounds is that we don't know how to judge the relative value of different types of health care, so we can't control health care costs-at least not for now. Like many myths, this one contains an element of truth-there is a lot we don't know. So what? It's still a myth that we know too little to act.