Back Talk

Phil Windley asks,

Have you ever listened to the Gillmor Gang and wished you comment on something that was said?

I have that problem with Morning Edition and other shows. But it’s not so much “commenting,” as screaming at the radio while I’m speeding my way to work. In fact, just this morning, I yelled at Julie Rovner as she kept insisting that health savings accounts do not cause your contributions to go poof at the end of the year.

Turns out that the kind of flexible spending account we’re offered indulges in that particular variety of theft, but the newer health-specific plans do not. (On this topic, see also the Internal Revenue Code section 125, and IRS publications 502 and 969.)