The good news is, the Bush administration has recognized that something should be done urgently to provide health insurance for the 34 million Americans, mostly the working poor, who have no insurance coverage. The bad news is, the administration's proposal won't get to first base in resolving that problem.
Secretary of Health Louis Sullivan proposes in effect to levy an income tax on health-care benefits provided to workers for so-called "Cadillac-type coverage." Any benefit valued above, let us say, $1,200 a year would be taxed as if it were income.
Theoretically, that's a reasonable position. Practically, it will never fly. The idea was barely even out of the gate before organized labor denounced the proposal.