Will Tax Reform Kill People?
Originally published in Forbes Fri. December 22, 2017
You know you are in the silly season when the charges against sensible tax reform become more and more outrageous. The silliest and most outrageous is based on this causal reasoning: The Republican tax measure repeals the Obamacare mandate, requiring people to purchase health insurance; without the mandate, fewer people will insure; and without insurance, more people will die.
Lawrence Summers and Jonathan Gruber make this claim in a Washington Post editorial. Summers was Secretary of Treasury under Bill Clinton. He has recently been criticized by other economists for ignoring his own past writings in attacking tax reform. Gruber is the economist best known for designing Obamacare.
John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research.
Linda Gorman is the Director of Heath Care Policy at The Independence Institute in Golden, Colorado.
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