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September 16, 2009

Democratic Senator Rockefeller: Baucus Plan Would Hit Middle Class with "a Big, Big" Tax Hike

Off-message:

The Baucus proposal would impose, starting in 2013, a 35 percent excise tax on insurance companies for "high-cost plans" -- defined as those above $8,000 for individuals and $21,000 for family plans.

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The tax contemplated by Baucus is also a big revenue raiser. It is expected to raise $200 billion, money that Baucus is hoping to use to pay for subsidies for the uninsured.

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Referring to Baucus, Rockefeller said, "He should understand that (his proposal) means that virtually every single coal miner is going to have a big, big tax put on them because the tax will be put on the company and the company will immediately pass it down and lower benefits because they are self insured, most of them, because they are larger. They will pass it down, lower benefits, and probably this will mean higher premiums for coal miners who are getting very good health care benefits for a very good reason. That is, like steelworkers and others, they are doing about the most dangerous job that can be done in America."

"So thatís not really a smart idea," Rockefeller continued. "In fact, itís a very dangerous idea, and Iím not even sure the coal miners in West Virginia are aware that this is what is waiting if this bill passes."

And if the New York Times has anything to say about it, they won't ever be aware.






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