You Lose the Leverage to Change a Bill the Second You Endorse It

By: Friday January 8, 2010 5:10 pm

The simple truth is that, in Washington, you can’t endorse, or even stop fighting, a bad bill and then expect Congress to improve it to your liking.


Employer Mandate, Not Excise Tax, Most Important to Funding Health Reform

By: Wednesday January 6, 2010 6:36 pm

A lot of the focus about how to fund health care reform has directed at the two largest taxes in the House and Senate bill. The House bill contains a so-called millionaire’s tax (raises $460 billion) while the Senate bill contains an excise tax on employer-provided health insurance benefits (raises $149 billion). While a lot of attention has been paid to the excise tax, it is the employer mandate which is an even more important funding mechanism.

Ezra Klein: Since Workers Don’t Understand, Tax on Health Insurance Will Work

By: Wednesday October 21, 2009 11:53 am

Given that we’re about to engage in a big battle between the House funding (taxing millionaires) and the Senate funding (excise tax on employer-based health care), I thought it worth examining this more closely–as well as focusing on recent changes in employers’ choices which may–if we have the kind of crappy recovery many people expect–moot all the data that Ezra draws upon.

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