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Tax on health benefits weighed

Washington Post, June 10, 2009

A Senate plan to overhaul the nation's health system is likely to include a new tax on some employer-provided health benefits that exceed the value of the basic plan offered to federal employees, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said. Baucus is drafting the health reform measure, and told reporters reporters that taxing employer-provided benefits is "perhaps the best way to raise money for an overhaul of the healthcare system" and offered details about the form that tax is likely to take.