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President pivots on taxing benefits

Washington Post, June 3, 2009

President Obama told Democratic senators that he is willing to consider taxing employer-sponsored health benefits to help pay for a broad expansion of coverage. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said Obama expressed a willingness to consider changing the existing tax exclusion. The decision would probably anger liberal supporters such as labor unions, but such a tax change would raise enormous sums of money to help with the estimated $1.2 trillion needed to pay for healthcare reform over the next decade.