From, of all places, the New York Times…
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.
The proposal is politically problematic for President Obama, however, since it is similar to one he denounced in the presidential campaign as “the largest middle-class tax increase in history.” Most Americans with insurance get it from their employers, and taxing workers for the benefit is opposed by union leaders and some businesses.
In television advertisements last fall, Mr. Obama criticized his Republican rival for the presidency, Senator John McCain of Arizona, for proposing to tax all employer-provided health benefits.
So, for the first sixty days or so TheOne™ has been implementing BusHitler’s programs while talking about what a boob W was and now he’s going to be running through McCain’s campaign book for new stuff to implement. Heh. The political bottom line is actually pretty funny – in a sardonic sort of way – as laid out by the Times…
However the proposal is devised, advocates will not have an easy time selling it.
Republicans, like Mr. McCain and former President George W. Bush before him, tend to favor taxing the benefits to finance other incentives for people to buy their own insurance. But given Mr. Obama’s use of the issue in his campaign, Republicans are unlikely to support a change unless the president himself proposes it, a senior adviser to Senate Republicans said.
Many Democrats, especially House liberals, are opposed. “It’s a dumb idea,” said Representative Pete Stark of California, chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. “We have to maintain as much as we can of the employer payments.”
If I wasn’t so certain that this two-bit Marxist sob and his fellow travelers in the Congress (are you listening Arlen) weren’t about to pass His whole agenda and that the gutless wonders who call themselves Republicans will never do anything about reversing it (are you listening Republican “leadership”) I’d find this laughable. Instead, I’m thinking about tossing 32 years of sobriety down the drain and hunting down a good bottle of fifty year old single malt scotch.