The Debate Over Taxing Health Benefits

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

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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