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Capitol Health Call
December 4, 2002

Uninsured Tax Breaks

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JAMA. 2002;288(21):2677. doi:10.1001/jama.288.21.2677-JCH20002-2-1

Another plan in limbo because of lack of funds would provide tax credits for US residents who do not receive employer-sponsored insurance and who do not qualify for public programs. Under the plan, these individuals and their families would receive tax breaks after paying for private health coverage.

The measure, favored by Republicans, would replace a proposal by Democrats to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program or Medicaid to include uninsured adults. Democrats contend that their public-sector approach would be a better overall deal for taxpayers. More than 40 million US residents do not have health insurance.

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