September 7, 2009

THE PARTY OF TAX HIKES:

New Fee on Health Insurance Companies Is Proposed to Help Expand Coverage (ROBERT PEAR, 9/07/09, NY Times)

In a last effort to give the Senate a bipartisan health care bill, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee circulated a comprehensive proposal on Sunday to overhaul the health care system and proposed a new fee on insurance companies to help pay for coverage of the uninsured.

The proposal is the culmination of more than a year of work by the chairman, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana. A similar fee was proposed by several liberal Democrats in July. In making it part of his proposal, Mr. Baucus may help cover the costs of the bill but also risks alienating Republicans whom he is trying to win over. [...]

The proposal by Mr. Baucus does not include a public option, or a government-run insurance plan, to compete with private insurers, as many Democrats want.


Hey, I know how we win back the support of voters! We raise the cost of their health insurance!

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 7, 2009 8:18 AM
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