Raising Women’s Voices

Senate Finance Committee proposal criticism

Posted in DC Reform, Health Reform Policy Proposals by raisingwomensvoices on May 22, 2009

Robert Pear yesterday in the New York Times outlined the recent criticism around the Senate Finance Committee’s proposal of options for health care policy reforms, released last Thursday. Specifically, Pear outlines the response by lobbyists (labor unions, soft drink companies) to the proposed tax on employer-provided health benefits and proposed taxes on alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (due to their contribution to poor health and obesity). As of now, health insurance and health benefits are not taxed, because they are not technically income. Max Baucus, the Finance Committee Chairman, and other professionals state that this “tax break is inequitable because its benefits go disproportionately to people with higher incomes”. Read the rest of the conversation here.

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