Letters to health-care Santa: Tax cookies, or at least soda
Over the course of this week, I'll be asking some health-care experts what they'd like Santa to add to the bill during conference committee and publishing their responses on the blog. This edition features David Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard. Cutler also served on the Council of Economic Advisers and the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration, and advised the Obama campaign. Currently, he's affiliated with the Center for American Progress and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
In the season of parties and drinks, I would add a tax on sugar sweetened beverages. A tax of 3 cents per 12 ounces raises $50 billion, which we need to get more coverage. And it is a start on the obesity problem, which would lower health spending.
Earlier in this series, Diane Archer called for Congress to create national exchanges rather than state exchanges and Alain Enthoven offered some ideas for how to fix the exchanges.
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