'Centrist' Dem in the Senate Offers a Health Care Proposal George Bush Would Love
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Baucus, who still lacks the votes to pass his measure through the Finance Committee, has said he's open to suggestions on how to change it. He should drop this tax scheme and find another revenue source. If the goal is to tax the rich to pay for health reform, the House has at least done this in a straightforward fashion, with its income-tax surcharge on the highest-income Americans. If the intent is to promote healthier living, then consideration of the tax on sugary sodas -- abandoned after intense industry lobbying -- should be reconsidered. A tax that hurts older workers and the companies that employ them, harms those in dangerous jobs and makes it harder for small businesses to offer insurance is not targeting the luxury market. It's a clunker that deserves to be junked.
Marie Cocco is a prize-winning syndicated columnist on political and cultural topics for The Washington Post Writers Group. She is a frequent commentator on national TV and radio shows.