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Using Taxes to Reform Health Insurance

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Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): Henry J. Aaron; Leonard E. Burman

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)

Keywords: Economy; Federal Budgets & Fiscal Policy; Tax Policy; Taxes and Social Programs

Abstract:

Few people realize that one of the nation?s largest health programs runs through the tax system. Reformers of all stripes propose to modify current tax rules as part of larger programs to increase coverage and control costs. Is the current system working? Will tax-based reforms achieve their goals? Several of the nation?s foremost experts on taxation and health policy address these questions in Using Taxes to Reform Health Insurance, a joint product of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the American Tax Policy Institute.

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