The President's Proposed Standard Deduction for Health Insurance: Evaluation and Recommendations

Burman, L.E., Furman, J., Leiserson, G. & Williams Jr, R.C.
National Tax Journal, Sep 2007, Vol. 60 Issue 3, p433-454, 22p.

The President's proposal to replace the current exclusion of employer-paid health insurance premiums with a standard deduction for qualifying health insurance would level the playing field for employment-based coverage and private plans but would risk the loss of insurance for many workers, threaten existing risk- sharing pools, and unfairly favor the wealthy. This paper evaluates the President's plan, suggests changes that would improve it, and assesses alternatives that would address the plan's shortcomings and improve its likelihood of expanding coverage to many families who now lack insurance.