Jonathan Gruber, an economist, is hoping the Cadillac plan tax will lead to more debate about the how the U.S. health insurance system works.
Gruber, an architect of the Massachusetts health insurance exchange and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange system, and the man known for saying PPACA was designed to get past the “stupidity of the American voter,” talked about the future of U.S. health benefits tax policy today during a webinar organized by Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF).
Sun Life put Gruber on a panel with Michael Cannon, a health policy specialist at the Cato Institute.
The Cadillac plan tax is set to impose a 40 percent on “high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage” starting in 2018. The moderator asked Gruber about some employers’ intention to do anything possible to avoid the Cadillac plan tax.