How the Government Wants You to Get Drunk and High

By: Monday November 10, 2014 8:15 am

Federal tax policy creates favorites with alcohol nd will do the same with marijuana.


Uruguay Plans to Make Legal Marijuana Tax Free

By: Monday May 19, 2014 2:13 pm

Unlike Colorado and Washington State which have imposed significant excise taxes on marijuana to keep prices high, Uruguay is planning to make the newly legalized product mostly tax free to drive down prices.

Reminder: Obama’s 2008 Health Care Campaign Was Based on Active Deception

By: Monday September 23, 2013 10:21 am

A new Politico article provides more verification that the Obama 2008 campaign messaging around health care reform was based on lies and active deception.

Why It Would Be Great if Congress Was Forced to Buy Their Own Health Insurance at Full Cost

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 1:20 pm

If Congress is worried their staffers can’t afford to buy insurance out-of-pocket they can just use the money Congress would have spent on their premium and raise their salaries by the corresponding amount. The financing of the law was based on the theory that a dollar in benefits is exactly the same as a dollar in salary. The theory, put forward by Obama’s economists, advisers and the Joint Tax Committee is that if you force companies to offer their employees worse insurance, they will increase their wages by an equal amount. This sounds like a perfect opportunity to put the theory to the test.

Health Insurance Excise Tax Headed for Failure: Premiums Rise Despite Employees Paying More

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 12:35 pm

The excise tax, by only accelerating this cost-shifting trend that, for the past several years, has so far failed to control cost, won’t bend the cost curve.

Yes, Making Patients Consumers Is a Bad Idea – One Obama and Krugman Previously Cheered

By: Friday April 22, 2011 1:20 pm

I’m glad to see that Paul Krugman has attacked the absurd idea that health care patients should be treated as consumers, and Jonathan Cohn has chosen to echo Krugman’s argument. What I can’t understand is where was powerful denouncing of the absurd idea that we need more “consumer-driven” health care during the debate over the Affordable Care Act?

As with Ryan, Long-Term Savings in Obama’s Health Plan from Cost Shifting, Not Cost Control

By: Friday April 15, 2011 12:30 pm

Today, Ezra Klein made the logical and concise case for why Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan wasn’t about health care cost control but just saving the government money by shifting more of the health care cost burden onto regular people.

Ryan and Obama Plans Share Unworkable Gimmick for Capping Health Care Inflation

By: Friday April 8, 2011 6:45 am

Not only is Republican Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization plan using basically the same general premium-supported exchange design that Obama’s health care revision does for the uninsured under 65, but both Ryan’s budget and “Obamacare” are nearly totally reliant on almost the same pathetic accounting trick of using poorly indexed caps on federal health care spending in the distant future to produce the bulk of their supposed deficit reductions.

Health Reform’s Excise Tax Was Designed to Make Employer-Provided Plans Less Generous

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 4:55 pm

A major provision of the health care law is the excise tax, which was actually designed for the exact purpose of making employer-provided insurance less generous.

Health Care Law as Popular as a Pepperoni and Broken Glass Pizza

By: Friday March 11, 2011 3:25 pm

The reality is that only a few of Affordable Care Act specifics have popular support, like guaranteed issue, Medicaid expansion, subsidies to buy insurance, and allowing children up to 26 to stay on their parents’ plan. But equally important is that some parts of the law are extremely unpopular, such as the individual mandate and the excise tax on employer-provided insurance.

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