January 11, 2010, 4:52 pm By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Union leaders said Monday afternoon that they planned to tell President Obama in a meeting later in the day that it would be a costly political mistake
to enact an excise tax on high-priced, employer-sponsored health benefits.
Several union officials said they wanted to impress upon President Obama that enacting the tax would make union presidents look bad
to their rank and file after
they had spent years
pushing for health reform
— only to have many of their members slapped by a tax
on their health premiums. And several union officials said they would remind the president that one way they persuaded many unionized workers to vote for him over John McCain was to repeatedly point out that Mr. McCain wanted to tax their health benefits.
“Instead of taxing the rich, the Senate bill taxes the middle class
by taxing workers’ health plans—not just union members’ health care,” he said. “Most of the 31 million insured employees who would be hit by the excise tax are not union members.”He added, “The tax on benefits in the Senate bill pits working Americans who need health care for their families against working Americans struggling to keep health care for their families.”http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes....rop-health-tax/