Capitol Hill Briefing

To Reform Health Care, Don’t Increase Taxes, Cut Them

June 26, 2009 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT

B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring Michael D. Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute and Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

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To cover the likely $2 trillion cost of extending health insurance coverage to the uninsured, Democratic leaders are scrambling to find ways to increase the American people’s taxes. Should Congress tax health benefits? Charitable contributions? Soda pop? Wages? The rich? Or are congressional leaders barking up the wrong tree? Is this rush to tax based on false premises? Two health policy experts from the Cato Institute—the co‐​authors of Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It—will explain the pitfalls of tax‐​and‐​spend health care reform, as well as how true reform requires reducing the amount of money that politicians control.