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Another broken campaign promise

During the presidential campaign, Obama hammered McCain for his ideas on healthcare reform. Obama promised he would NOT tax healthcare benefits. Now he has yet again gone back on his word.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15health.html?_r=1&ref=pol...

Quote from the article:
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. The benefits have long been tax-free, regardless of how generous they are or how much an employee earns. The advertisements did not point out that Mr. McCain, in exchange, wanted to give all families a tax credit to subsidize the purchase of coverage.

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Another broken campaign promise

Obama is disappointing. At least McCain was upfront on how he intended to finance health care reform. Obama attacked McCain on his plan and left his own plan in a haze of change. As the haze clears it has become more apparent he is nothing more than ordinary politician. Some change.

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Another broken campaign promise

lemme practice my suprized look . done.

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Another broken campaign promise

It makes me chuckle to hear everyone taking the liberal position.

From the link.

Many Democrats, especially House liberals, are opposed. “It’s a dumb idea,” said Representative Pete Stark of California,

Also

"Republicans, like Mr. McCain and former President George W. Bush before him, tend to favor taxing the benefits "

I personaly have to jump through a lot of hoops to get all my health care written off. I'm still not sure that I have the correct insurance to qualify but my CPA seems to claim it every year. I also have to keep track of every expenditure and withdraw an equal amount from an HSA, plus deposit in an HSA in the first place. I know these tax laws were written for rich folks but I go ahead and take advantage anyway.

A carefull reading reveals Obama isn't necessarily asking for benefits to be taxed, but rather not apposing suggestions from Congress to do so. We're a long way from an autograph on a bill, this and the vets thing are designed to make you think. I hope you do.

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Another broken campaign promise

Obama's not contradicting himself! He said so!

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