Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Health care reform could come at the expense of seniors

Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery has an important article in the Sept 30 Washington Post, “after blog to public option, Senate committee turns to bill’s cost for elderly,” link here.

Max Baucus (D-MT) has become concerned that the bill will sometimes impose new tax burdens on the elderly by limiting tax deductions for certain medical expenses. But Republicans are challenging Baucus, on the theory that the elderly are already privileged and politically powerful. The bill would raise $21.7 billion over the next decade, about half from seniors over 65 (including me).

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