Health Care Financing Options: Smaller Excise Tax, Medicare Payroll Tax On Investment Income?

By: Tuesday January 12, 2010 9:49 am

After the initial reticence to say anything about last night’s White House meeting with labor leaders about health care reform, more details are coming out. President Obama signaled “flexibility” on the excise tax on high-end insurance plans, which has become a key flashpoint in this debate. President Obama told union leaders at a private White [...]

Setting The Stage For Reid’s Unveiling Of The Senate Health Care Bill

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 10:26 am

As reported here last night, Harry Reid will meet with the Democratic caucus at 5:00 ET this afternoon to unveil the health care bill. There will be some press releases and Q&A sessions shortly thereafter; hopefully we’ll see some language or at least a summary of what’s in the bill tonight. Reid’s office is “very [...]

Confirmed: Reid Meeting With Senate Progressives Tonight; Hopes To See CBO Score “Tomorrow Or Wednesday”

By: Monday November 16, 2009 2:22 pm

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will huddle with about a dozen progressive Democratic senators at 6 p.m. about the public option, aides said. No bill announcements are expected today. You’d have to think that there’s something new to talk about here, and that could be the CBO scores which could [...]

Reid Looking At Payroll Tax Increase To Finance Health Care Reform

By: Thursday November 12, 2009 7:26 am

Harry Reid is seeking to manage the cost of health care reform by adding additional revenue-raisers in the form of taxes on the wealthy. Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering a plan for higher payroll taxes on the upper-income earners to help finance health care legislation he intends to introduce in the Senate in the [...]

More Health Care Tea Leaves From Harkin, Lincoln

By: Friday October 16, 2009 12:41 pm

Ezra Klein writes today that the blending of the two health care bills into one for the Senate floor will be a true blend – those issues where both the HELP Committee and the Finance Committee weighed in will result in one compromise or other, and other issues where only one committee addressed them will [...]

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