| Senate negotiators are searching for new ways to pay for an overhaul of the U.S. health insurance system after recent polls showed many Americans oppose funding it through taxes on employer-provided health insurance, a key senator said Tuesday.|
A recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed only 20 percent of respondents support the tax and a Washington Post/ABC News poll found 70 percent opposed it. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 54 percent of respondents oppose the new tax.
The poll was a setback for many lawmakers who considered the tax the best way to raise hundreds of billions of dollars needed to pay for health care reform.
"When you get numbers like that, it certainly causes you to look for alternatives," said Sen. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota.
Conrad is chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and leads a Finance subcommittee on taxation. He said the proposal is unpopular because most Americans are not aware of the value of their employer-provided health benefits and don't know if they will be subject to the new tax.
He gave few clues to possible alternatives, but said, "We are searching for options, and there are a fair number of them that can work."
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Dems figuring out other ways to fund health care.
Since every poll is against taxing health care benefits, Dems are trying to find more ways to screw the public while trying to pass their government run health care option.