December 11, 2009 10:09 AM | Permalink |
Senate Democrats have proposed a new, very-high-rate excise tax on employer-paid health
insurance benefits that exceed certain levels. The goal is to force employers to eliminate
excessive benefits. Congressional analysts assume that employers then will replace their
employees’ lost health insurance benefits with increased taxable cash wages. Proponents of the
plan argue that this trade-off would be a progressive reform to the tax code, but this analysis concludes otherwise.