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Health negotiators search for more revenue

Wall Street Journal, January 18, 2010

Congressional leaders met with the White House for hours on January 15 to negotiate over the healthcare bill, including how to pay for a deal giving a five-year reprieve on a new tax on expensive health plans to as many as 12 million union members, the Wall Street Journal reports. The agreement cleared away a significant hurdle to reaching a final deal on a healthcare overhaul, but unions estimated that softening the tax would reduce revenue by $60 billion over a decade.