Examining Tax Code Changes To Help Expand Health Insurance
In testimony before the committee, Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner and Len Burman of the Urban Instituteboth said that the tax code does not work in favor of lower-income U.S.residents who cannot pay for health insurance. Turner said, "The mostimportant thing is we are beginning to have a conversation over thisissue," and she suggested that advocates from both parties need to findcommon ground to come up with a solution to improve the tax code.
ButBurman and Turner differed on whether public programs like SCHIPprovide a more efficient mechanism for expanding coverage, and on theneed for changes to insurance market rules, according to CQ HealthBeat. Burman also said that currently proposed credits are not big enough to encourage substantial take up.
CommitteeChair John Spratt (D-S.C.) said the hearing helped to demonstrate manyof the complexities of changing the tax code, adding that the likelyresult would be "more hearings" rather than legislative movement(Reichard, CQ HealthBeat, 10/18).
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