So far its just an editorial. But it is an editorial that proposes two bold ideas that no other Republican presidential candidate has been willing to endorse: (1) tax relief for the purchase of health insurance should be the same for everyonewhether insurance is acquired at work, in the marketplace or in an exchange, and (2) the best form of tax relief is a fixed sum tax credit.
Although Rubio is a self-described conservative, these are not right wing ideas. In fact, I believe that most health policy experts on the left and the right agree with him. (More on that below.)
For most of the post-World War II period we have had two parallel tax systems with regard to health care and health insurance. Employer sponsored health plans have been treated one way. Individually purchased health insurance has been treated a different way. Under Obamacare, we have created a third parallel system (Medicaid expansion)all treating people at the same income level very differently.
|John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the Father of Health Savings Accounts.|
Obamacare remains highly controversial and faces ongoing legal and political challenges. Polls show that by a large margin Americans remain opposed to the healthcare law and seek to repeal and replace it. However, the question is: Replace it with what?