A few interesting observations:
- If employers and employees look for cheaper plans to avoid paying premiums that are so high and the related tax, then employees could end up paying more for care and employees might get raises. If the employees get raises, they will pay more income and payroll taxes. It is important to recognize that the money they would get back to replace the high premium insurance plans would be taxed even though their benefits are not taxed now. So, even if there is shopping for cheaper health insurance plans, the individuals may still end up paying more taxes. In other words, don't think that avoiding taxes on health insurance will necessarily mean avoiding all new taxes.
- The article suggested that employees will blame employers rather than the government for the increased taxes or decreased benefits. That shows an unintended consequence and the importance of using economic incentive studies to follow all the consequences of an action when doing an economic analysis and when just trying to figure out things in life in general. This unintended consequence of a negative relationship between employers and employees would be a failure to trace all consequences.