President Said To Be Open To Taxing Health Benefits

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A key senator in the health overhaul debate says President Barack Obama is leaving the door open to taxing health care benefits, something he campaigned hard against while running for president.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus raised the issue with Obama during a private meeting with the president and other Democratic senators and later reported the president's response: "It's on the table. It's an option."

If the federal government would reap about $250 billion a year if it treated health care benefits given to employees like wages and taxed them.

Baucus and others are eyeing that money as they search for ways to pay for a costly health care overhaul that would extend coverage to 50 million Americans who are now uninsured. President Obama wants to get that done by the end of the year.


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