Senator Proposes Online Gambling Regulation
to Offset Health Care Costs

Could Frank bill become Baucus bill amendment?

by , Sep 22, 2009 | 9:25 pm

The idea of using online gaming tax revenues to help fund elements of health care reform became part of the Congressional conversation this weekend. On Saturday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a possible amendment to the Baucus bill (America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009) that would rely on the passage of Rep. Barney Frank’s HR 2267 to set up a regulatory structure that would provide health care revenue.

According to the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, the tens of billions of dollars collected by the U.S. government from online gaming could offset health care costs going forward:

An increased focus on the benefits of Internet gambling regulation are expected as the Senate Finance Committee considers a proposal introduced on Saturday to use Internet gambling revenue to offset the costs of health care reform. The amendment offered by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) would dedicate Internet gambling tax revenue generated through implementation of the currently pending Internet Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act (H.R. 2267) to increase low-income subsidies provided through the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009. A PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis shows that collecting taxes on regulated Internet gambling would allow the U.S. to capture up to $62.7 billion over the next decade.

Wyden is a chairman of the Senate Finance subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness.


5 Comments to “Senator Proposes Online Gambling Regulation
to Offset Health Care Costs”


  1. Losty
    says:

    Othe than the Public option, this could be one of the most important amendments, and if we can get this in the Conference report..

    They may HAVE to pass 2267/68


  2. Losty
    says:

    Other than the Public option, this could be one of the most important amendments, and if we can get this in the Conference report..

    They may HAVE to pass 2267/68


  3. DanM
    says:

    Man, I dunno, losty … I really like the idea, but I’m not so sure it will play out as positively as the SSGI suggests. Opponents of poker-friendly legislation could really seize on this and try to use it against all those democratic Congresswomen who oppose online gambling.

    I don’t see the Dems letting something tangentially controversial potentially derail their health care desires. Because as much as it makes sense … it would also make a lot of sense to legalize drugs, which would reduce health care costs in and of itself while bringing in beaucoup tax dollars … and that just ain’t gonna happen (this year).

    2268 (that’s the delay-the-uigea bill, right?) seems to be the last-ditch bargaining chip … as in, OK, dudes, if you’re not gonna let us have federal online gambling revenue, at LEAST don’t go enforcing the shit out of a shit bill from 2006. Cool?


  4. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Sen. Wyden says: Nevermind.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/60055-not-in-the-cards-wyden-pulls-gambling-tax


  5. DanM
    says:

    huh, i guess my read was at least half right. still feel sick.

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