No, the question is who was wearing or not wearing the flag pin?
And yet he said that "If we could have" intervened to stop the Holocaust, we should have?
I want to give every American a $5,000 refundable tax credit...
And if you do the math, those people who have employer-based health benefits, if you put the tax on it and you have what's left over [my emphasis] and you add $5,000 that you're going to get as a refundable tax credit, do the math, 95 percent of the American people will have increased funds to go out and buy the insurance of their choice and to shop around and to get -- all of those people will be covered except for those who have these gold-plated Cadillac kinds of policies.
Suppose my employer-provided health benefits are worth, say, $10,000. You add this figure to my income and tax me on the now larger amount. But, I don't really have $10,000 in new income that I can spend. So, what is this stuff about "what's left over"?
Companies will end up giving us some piece thanks to market pressures
Not sure I agree with this. Market pressure is to keep costs (i.e., salaries) as low as possible to maximize profits. I don't see how increased profits will automatically lead to higher salaries rather than higher dividends for shareholders, or incomes just for the business directors/owners.
For example, Ebay's Q2 profits were up 22% to $460 million. Their profits for Q3 are projected to be higher than Q2. However, Ebay just announced it was cutting 1,600 jobs, fully 1/10th of its workforce. Those profits obviously are not spilling down to employees.
His answers were being fed to him through his earpiece? And yet he said that "If we could have" intervened to stop the Holocaust, we should have?
Who was at the microphone? One of my freshmen?
Many people forget that the employer provided health care "standard" was largely a byproduct of the misguided wage control efforts of the Nixon Administration. When the employers were restricted from recruiting people with a larger salary they upped the fringe benefits, including health insurance.
Charitable reading: Was a reference to stopping (or at least slowing down) the death camps. The U.S. could easily have bombed rail lines in 1944 leading to places like Auschwitz, but did not. But again, there is no extra moral justification needed to bomb those lines -- we were at war with Germany.
It's more complicated . . . the employers would pass some of the savings on, but there's no reason to think that it would be a simple linear, full cash back relationship--it depends on the slope of laborers' demand curves and so forth.
Orin Kerr is Sarcasto?
And BTW, in my wife's scenario, she had 3 plans to choose from. Since I had to get my own health insurance, I went online,and had at least 10 plans to choose from. Her premium (which covers both of us) is 8 times higher than mine (which only covered me).
Thales: And of course, without employers providing the health care and the (arguable) economies of scale of group plans involving big pools to spread risks around, individual health policies could well wind up being more expensive. The health insurance companies currently are largely exempt from antitrust regulation, and there's every reason to think that they would act more anticompetitively (i.e. to the detriment of consumers purchasing the plans, now on their own) if allowed to under another Republican administration.