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U.S. sales tax gets fresh look to help fund healthcare

Washington Post, May 28, 2009
With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a national sales tax. Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity.