Friday, November 1, 2013

Nearly nothing is yours says Jonathan Chait

Did you know that if you have employer provided health insurance, you get your coverage through the government? Jonathan Chain drops this clunker in his sub-par article in New York magazine, Why Letting Everyone Keep Their Health-Care Plan Is a Terrible Idea. The logic seems to be that if the government provides a tax break on anything, then you're getting it via the government. A little thought should make clear how wrongheaded and offensive this is. You get tax breaks for your kids. You get a tax break for being blind. In a lot of jurisdictions you get a tax break for your home. The list of tax breaks is huge and growing as liberals use these breaks to "nudge" us in the direction they want. Those nudges are bad enough, but to go further and say that if you're nudged, this is no longer yours, it comes from the government is just offensive.