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Report: Obamacare 'Cadillac Tax' Comes With Unintended Consequences

Leah Binder | Posted 05.23.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Slated to go into effect in 2018, the mere threat of the Cadillac Tax has already decreased the income of millions of American workers, according to the Towers Watson/NBGH report.

Raising the Medicare Age: 8 Reasons Why It's the Worst Presidential "Bargain" Since 1854

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Capital's misplaced focus on austerity has led to plenty of bad ideas, but one of the worst is raising the Medicare retirement age to 67. It may be the most destructive deal to come out of Washington since the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

Will Employers Drop Coverage As Reform Goes Into Effect?

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The new health care law wasn't supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generat...

I'm About to Dive Into Health Reform's High Risk Pool

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

I'm actually a prime candidate for one of the key provisions being touted by the bill's supporters; the high risk pools that will be created in the next 90 days for people with pre-existing conditions.

The White House Weighs In On Health Reform -- What's Next?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The President is outlining what he considers a reasonable resolution of the two bills. Will it work? Consider this: The alternative is no legislation at all.

Will This Study Finally End Democrats' Magical Thinking About the 'Cadillac Tax'?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Zombie ideas -- like the Cadillac tax and trickle-down economics -- are hard to kill. If they sound good to you the first time you hear them, then you fall in love with them.

Health Care: How a Summit Can Work

Bowman Cutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bowman Cutter

If, you believe the situation is precarious, that some kind of change of strategy is essential, and on the minor question of the substance, even a start at real health care reform is unlikely without a game-changer -- then the situation looks different. That's where I think we are.

A Tale of Two Taxes

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

here's now talk not only of increasing the Medicare payroll tax, but of expanding the tax so that it also applies to investment income.

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: Piecemeal Reform No Better Than A "Get Well Card"

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amid the wreckage of the health care debate, some rescue workers have been searching for small pieces that could be salvaged. On Tuesday, House Speake...

Pass the Popular Parts of Health Care Reform and Ditch the Rest

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Passing the most popular parts of health care reform while ditching the rest, can give Democrats a "win" on health care without jamming controversial and unpopular elements down the throats of American voters.

Will the 'Don't-Blame-Me' Dems Take Responsibility and Fix Health Reform?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Aren't people who have participated in a failure supposed to look at their part in the problem, then step up and take responsibility for it? Watching the Democrats, those thoughts feel like relics from an archaic age.

Obama Retreats On Health Care Reform Bill

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and congressional allies signaled Wednesday they may try to scale back his sweeping health care overhaul to ...

Health Care: What We Do Now

Nicholas Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Brown

The Senate already passed a health care plan though. We need to vocally and wholeheartedly support that bill without any changes.

What Would Dr. King Have Thought of Health Reform?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

On this Martin Luther King Day, the struggle to provide decent health care to all Americans isn't over. There's still time to fight for the most just, wise, and equitable bill possible.

How the White House Used Gruber's Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The White House is placing a giant bet on Gruber's "assumptions" to justify key portions of the Senate bill. Now we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but a contractor to the White House.

A Tax Even Its Defenders Can't Love

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why does anyone think the badly-designed "Cadillac tax" will evolve into something better? The most likely outcome is a backlash that makes genuine cost containment impossible for a generation.

Ryan Grim

House Dems Debate Cadillac Tax On Insurance Plans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats met Thursday to devise a negotiating strategy as the two chambers begin to hash out differences between their respective health care b...

Ryan Grim

After Ripping Clinton And McCain, Obama Embraces Their Policies

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, President Barack Obama challenged his critics to identify any "gap" between what he campaigned ...

New York Times: Lobbyists Fighting Last Big Plans to Cut Health Care Costs

New York Times | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the health care debate moves to the floor of Congress, most of the serious proposals to fulfill President Obama's original vow to cur...

Sam Stein

White House And Labor Make 'Big Strides' On Health Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House and major labor unions are making what one source familiar with the conversations called "big strides" in hammering out an agreement o...

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: National Health Insurance Exchange "Essential"

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed the House health care position forward on Tuesday night, insisting that a national health insurance exchange is "essential...

Myth-Making on the Misnamed Cadillac Tax

Merrill Goozner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merrill Goozner

The Senate bill taxes the old and sick stuck in high-cost plans to pay for health care reform. Defenders of the Senate's excise tax appear incapable of absorbing counterfactual information

I'm the Guy Who Cut Your Health Benefits. Trust Me.

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If Congress and the White House are serious about creating effective reform, they need to pay more attention to how some of these proposals will play out in the actual arena of medical economics.

A Personal Appeal: The Middle-Class Health Tax Must Be Stopped

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The so-called (and misnamed) "Cadillac tax" is unfair and unwise. It's also a political landmine for its supporters, and a political goldmine for those who oppose all health reform.

Three Reasons You May Be Uneasy With Health Reform

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the end product is an imperfect health care reform bill, one that takes too much from the middle class in order to help those even less fortunate, that won't be what some people wanted. But it will be be an improvement.