Employer Health Costs Do Not Drive Wage Trends

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 5:00 pm

In the dysfunctional health insurance market, high-cost does not equal high-value; and it is not comprehensiveness of coverage that is the primary predictor of who will be affected by the excise tax, rather it is the size of the firm they work for or the age of their co-workers. The fact that Chevy plans are about as likely to be taxed as Cadillac plans is one reason to be cautious about relying on such a tax.


Gruber Didn’t Disclose His HHS Contract to the NEJM Back in July

By: Friday January 8, 2010 12:35 pm

Ben Smith’s latest on Jonathan Gruber’s disclosure problems makes a very salient point – while disclosure would be expected in cases of traditional media mentions of Gruber, in the case of the New England Journal of Medicine, they have a formal process for disclosure

Cadillac Flip Flop: Obama Was Against Health Plan Tax Before He Was For It

By: Thursday January 7, 2010 9:30 am

In a video that rings so true, it hurts, Lee Stranahan, a former Obama supporter, gives us the aspiring president’s own speech—a speech where Obama makes it plain just how bad an idea the “Cadillac” excise tax on health benefits actually is.

Landrieu Cares: Controlling Health Costs by Helping Millionaires, Hurting the Working Class

By: Monday December 28, 2009 4:15 pm

After working very hard to kill many progressive idea about how best to control health care costs, Mary Landrieu has found one she likes — the one that will most benefit millionaires.

Health Insurance Excise Tax: The Cadillac-Turned-Chevy Wage Increase Myth

By: Friday December 18, 2009 7:00 am

In employer surveys, between 9 and 16% said they would not pass on any savings to employees–a key assumption behind the Senate’s Cadillac tax. So not only will that tax make employees’ health care worse, but the tax won’t raise the revenue the government claims it will.

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