Recently, there has been some discussion of taking the employer-sponsored health exclusion off the table in tax reform. But for those interested in tax reform, health reform, or deficit reduction, doing so would be a mistake.
Yesterday, the Obama administration announced the one-year delay of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires coverage reporting and penalizes large employers who do not offer health insurance.
It's no secret that getting health care spending under control will be key for the federal budget. Nearly one out of every four federal program dollars goes to health care, and even though growth has slowed recently, it is expected that it will pick up again at least to some extent as the economy improves.