Just as I was reading this article by Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect, I heard a short debate on MSNBC on the possibility that a health care reform plan would include taxation of health benefits. What is wrong with this country? Why is it okay to squander trillions of dollars on wars of choice, on corporate welfare, on tax loopholes for the wealthy and corporations, but we must tax health care benefits to provide universal access to guaranteed health care?
I guess that is what Kuttner means when he says that "[i]f Obama is not careful, he could end up with reform that is worse than the current system." (And his article does not even mention the possibility that health care benefits might get taxed.)