NU Online News Service, Feb. 16, 2005, 7:22 p.m. EST
A congressional think tank says a broad review of federal finances could include a look at incentives for purchases of medical coverage.[@@]
A team of analysts at the U.S. Government Accountability Office has published suggestions that health insurance tax incentives deserve close attention in a major new report, “21st Century Challenges: Reexamining The Base Of The Federal Government.”
The team, led by David Walker, comptroller general of the United States, points out that it is talking about the kind of review that could take a generation or more and include topics such as the solvency of Social Security, the complexity of the tax code and the need to maintain a strong national defense.
In the health care section, the GAO team raises 2 discussion questions of direct interest to health insurers: