iOS app Android app

Cadillac Tax

Union Exemption From Excise Tax Is a Bad, Bad Idea

Michael Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Whitney

If unions take the deal to exempt union health care plans from the excise tax, they fulfill one of the worst of stereotypes of labor unions: blind self interest.

DC's Excise Tax Cult Battles Unions, Critical Research and Taxing the Rich

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The centrist natives of Washington are banding together to defend their faith-based totem: the wildly unpopular excise tax on high-cost health plans.

A Damoclean Sword Over Health Care Reform

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

The sword of Damocles is a useful metaphor for understanding the ramifications being experienced by President Obama as the Senate and House health care bills are merged in coming days.

Obama Tells House Democrats He Supports Senate Tax On Cadillac Health Care Plans

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama signaled to House Democratic leaders Wednesday that they'll have to drop their opposition to taxing high-end...

Blowback: New Evidence The Health Tax Is Unfair, Unwise ... and Could Be Political Suicide

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

The silver lining, according to many economists who support the Cadillac insurance tax, is that employers will then take the money they're not spending on health care and give it to their workers as wages. That's probably wrong.

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

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.

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.