Wall Street Journal editorial page–ugh

This is impressive, even considering the source.

This weekend’s editorial is impressively misleading, even by the standards of the Wall Street Journal editorial page. Read it. Decide what you think about the 1099 controversy.

Then read what they left out.

I guess they really, really want to nurture small-business talking-point problems they can blame on health reform.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

One thought on “Wall Street Journal editorial page–ugh”

  1. One of the talking points on 1099 reform is risk of identity theft – many service providers use their SSN as a tax ID number. There's also an argument that it will lead to less business for small providers – if a business has to file a 1099 whenever a $600 threshold is reached then rather than hassle with Joe's office supply for the best deal on paper and print cartridges, and Hazels for binders and pens a business will just go to Office Depot for all their supplies – only having to track one supplier means less time spent on compliance.

    $5000/under 25 employees exemption seems like a reasonable compromise provision. Shame that it was filibustered.

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