The Debate Over Taxing Health Benefits

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As Greg Mankiw points out, taxing health benefits is supported by William Gale and by Jeffrey Frankel, two economists more likely to be found in a Democratic than a Republican administration.  They in turn cite Jason Furman, who is also more likely to be found in a Democratic administration.

On the other hand, James Klein and John Sweeney are against taxing health benefits.  Klein is a lobbyist for health benefits providers and Sweeney is head of the AFL-CIO.  My guess is that Klein and Sweeney can deliver a lot more votes than Gale and Frankel.

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Arnold Kling earned his Ph.D in economics at MIT. He was an economist on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board. From 1986-1994 he worked at Freddie Mac. He started Homefair.com in 1994 and sold it in 1999. His fourth book, From Poverty to Prosperity, co-authored with Nick Schulz, is due out in April of 2009. He blogs regularly at Econlog.
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