In recent weeks, President Bush has repeatedly said he will veto two health insurance laws and that his administration supports a tax credit policy to encourage families to buy private insurance. “The end result of this new policy is that tens of thousands of children with health insurance will actually lose that insurance,” Morgan Moran, a Florida Health Insurance consultant at Florida Health Insurance, a Florida-based consumer group, said in a phone interview today.
When Congress returns from recess next month, House Democratic and Senate leaders will seek a compromise between their separate measures to extend the SCHIP health insurance measure, which could get enough Republican support for the president’s veto. Groups representing hospitals and nurses said Bush’s plan to make health insurance more affordable would not work because the proposed tax credits would not help people pay for insurance coverage.
Health insurance consultant Moran said Bush proposed “taxing the health benefits provided by the employer,” while also offering deductions to encourage people to buy health insurance. Those who buy insurance receive a deduction of $7,500 for individuals and $15,000 for families. The president’s plan aims to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance.
“Even with tax credits, coverage remains unaffordable and unattainable,” the insurance consultant said in a statement. According to the U.S. Census, the number of uninsured Americans reached 46.6 million in 2005 and increased annually during the Bush presidency. Desktop. Health care for those in need has increased the budgets of Florida and other states, and unpaid bills are damaging hospital operators. According to census data, most families without health insurance have at least one full-time employee.
The president’s latest attempt to address health problems in the country is based on misconceptions about what makes people seek medical care and, if you assume, do more harm than good. Moran said, instead of thinking about how to help “16 percent of people without health insurance get it,” Bush devised a comprehensive plan to educate people about health care costs. It was predictable that this would be a tax cut, even if a small group paid more.
Administrative officials estimate that 80% of workers will benefit from tax cuts, and the rest will have to pay additional tax. They said the latter group would be asked to buy cheaper insurance – possibly with a higher co-payment or a smaller network of health care providers – to avoid additional taxes. Beginning in 2009, the employer’s cost of employee health insurance will become a taxable income for income tax and payroll tax. The cost of this marginal benefit is now tax-free. At the same time, couples with health insurance – whether provided by an employer or purchased from an insurance company – will receive a new standard health insurance deduction of $15,000, which applies to income taxes and payroll. Individuals will receive a deduction of $7,500. The amount of deductions will be the same, regardless of the actual cost of the insurance provided by the employer or purchased privately.