Friday, June 26, 2009

Paybacks ARE a Bitch!

Wait a minute. I thought that middle-class folks weren't going to get hit with more taxes.

I hate to sound like a typical union basher, but what the fuck?

From Bloomberg

Unions’ Health Benefits May Avoid Tax Under Senate Proposal

The U.S. Senate proposal to impose taxes for the first time on “gold-plated” health plans may bypass generous employee benefits negotiated by unions.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, the chief congressional advocate of taxing some employer-provided benefits to help pay for a $1 trillion overhaul of the U.S. health system, says any change should exempt perks secured in existing collective-bargaining agreements, which can be in place for as long as five years.

The exception, which could make the proposal more politically palatable to Democrats from heavily unionized states such as Michigan, is adding controversy to an already contentious debate. It would shield the 12.4 percent of American workers who belong to unions from being taxed while exposing some other middle-income workers to the levy.

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