New Healthcare Tax Proposals

Research Report

New Healthcare Tax Proposals

Costly and Counterproductive
February 13, 2006

Abstract

The Budget for Fiscal Year 2007 contains a package of new tax incentives for individuals and employees who are covered by high deductible health insurance policies and contribute to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The new proposals would make the tax system more complex, less fair, and add to our budget woes, especially over the long run. The proposals would reduce revenues by $156 billion over ten years. Perhaps most problematic, they are likely to exacerbate the problems in the health care market.

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