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    Experts assess Trump’s 7-point healthcare plan

     

    3. Full health-premium tax deductions for individuals.

    “This would allow individual taxpayers to act like a corporation and take a full deduction on premium payments made when filing their tax return,” Brill explains.

    Johnson calls this proposal a “no-brainer.”

    “Either healthcare should be tax deductible or it shouldn’t. To differentiate between employer-purchased or self-purchased healthcare makes no logical sense to us from a principle-based standpoint,” he says.

    Most major healthcare reform proposals have some element of this tax benefit for individuals or families that purchase health insurance on their own—not through their employer, according to Hoagland. However, the problem with the Trump proposal, he says, is that “once he eliminates Obamacare, and subsidies, most low-income or modest-income families would not benefit from solely a deduction. They would only benefit partially if the support was in the form of a refundable tax credit.”

    Mack says he is not clear if Trump’s proposal would also allow coinsurance and copayment tax deductions.

    “Hillary Clinton has proposed a tax credit for out-of-pocket expenses, but not for premium payments, Trump would provide tax credits for premium payments.

    “Trump’s proposal may provide a disproportionately greater benefit to high-income individuals purchasing high-end, more costly policies than for lower-income people that can only afford to purchase more basic plans,” Mack says.

    Next: Allow individuals to use health savings accounts

     

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