Insuring the Uninsured

Brief Analyses | Health

No. 218
Tuesday, December 24, 1996
by John C. Goodman & Merrill Matthews

The federal government currently subsidizes the employer-provided health insurance of middle- and upper-income workers by about $100 billion a year. By contrast, low-income workers often do not have employer-provided health coverage, and thus get neither the insurance nor the tax break. If they buy insurance on their own, they pay with aftertax dollars.

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