Most people do not argue with “taxing the rich”- a reflection of Robin Hood’s motto,” stealing from the rich and giving to the poor”. Indeed, the House bill proposes this to fund a healthcare reform with coverage to all.
Unfortunately, the tax net thrown out by the Senate (and supported by the president) is catching far more than just the wealthy.
Labor leaders are up in arms over the more expensive insurance plans. They point out that union members have accepted good health benefits in lieu of salary increases and this new tax would directly hit them.
Thus, the tax on the Cadillac plans is directly involving the working class. Although many House legislators oppose this, the Senate is enthusiastically supporting it.
Melding of both House and Senate plans will be a tall (medical) order.