Not that I put much weight into what Vice President Joe Biden says, but he commented on an issue that I wrote about just last week asking whether Obama’s health care plan really did include taxing health care premiums. The administration was floating the idea around of taxing the employee for the employer-subsidized portion of their premiums, which can range from 50-80% of your actual health benefit costs. That’s a load of money!
Well, today in CNN Money, Joe is quoted as saying:
“We do not think that is the way to go; we think that is the wrong way to finance this legislation,” Biden said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. Pressed on whether President Barack Obama would veto a bill from Congress containing such a mechanism, Biden said Obama would consider the measure in total before making a decision.
He didn’t rule out the idea entirely, but perhaps some of the backlash is reaching their ears to make them think twice? Also consider that this is an indirect tax on those making under $250k a year, which is the same group for which President Obama promised never to raise taxes.
Honestly, I’m realistic and know that this administration’s spending cannot be financed without new taxes, whether they’re directly out of my paycheck or indirect through benefits, reduced/cut deductions/credits or employer taxes that make it more expensive for companies to carry employees. But let’s see what else they have in mind.
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