Michael van der Galien

NYT’s Bob Herbert: Obamacare Tax is Confiscatory

Posted on December 30 2009 9:29 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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By: Patrick Glenn

I am vehemently opposed to the Senate health care bill for reasons that I cannot even begin to describe in a brief blog post. Nevertheless, I now find myself in the weird position of defending one aspect of the bill against a ”progressive” critic, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert.

Don’t get me wrong. I heartily welcome Herbert’s opposition to the bill. I am sympathetic to his argument that the bill ”would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans . . . [impacting] millions of middle-class policyholders, forcing them to scale back their access to medical care . . . which is exactly what the tax is designed to do . . . if policyholders have to pay more out of their own pockets, they will be more careful — that is to say, more reluctant — to access health services.” It is a big step for Herbert to admit that taxes can be confiscatory and that Democrats might not be the middle class champions they claim to be. Moreover, I agree that the tax is a sham dressed up as a market-friendly reform.

Unfortunately, Herbert’s critique is premised on an anti-market mentality…

Read the whole thing at PoliGazette.

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