I've been reading a lot of opinions on President's Bush's proposal to tax health care benefits. The one that's closest to my opinion is this one from the Wall Street Journal. "The Bush health insurance proposal would make insurance more affordable for most Americans than the current employer-sponsored health care system, which leads to inequities and insulates individuals from the real cost of their treatment decisions. The biggest problem with Mr. Bush's plan is that it wasn't offered two years ago, when it had a better chance to pass. Bush is finally offering a GOP reform based on market principles that these pages have encouraged for years.
Good advice to Legislators from the Washington Post, "The Bush health insurance proposal would improve progressivity and fairness and help contain health care costs. As written, the proposal has flaws, but those can be addressed -- if Democrats are willing to do more than hurl criticism. Congress should engage, not reflexively dismiss."
"If a liberal president proposed reforming the tax code to give working families a bigger tax break for health care than corporations and giving poor families direct assistance to buy health care to boot, the New York Times and the rest of the mainstream media would be choking back tears as it praised an initiative that was so bold in its compassion and desire for fairness. But you won't find the president's critics supporting his fair and compassionate plan. Instead, they support an expansion of Medicaid that is like forcing people into the medical equivalent of public housing. Washington Times