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Couple of comments/questions:

"Require employers to place the value of health insurance on the W-2 as taxable income;"

Why would employees support a plan that adds thousands of dollars to their taxable income and therefore thousands of dollars in taxes? On the same token, why would employers support a plan that would add thousands of dollars on FICA taxes per employee, which means millions of dollars in additional cost per year?

"Be fully paid for with the $2.2 trillion currently spent on healthcare in America today."

I don't think this is true if by the above the government is posed to received billions of additional dollars in FICA taxes from both employees and employers.

Rodney E. Cruz

Mercer

Dallas, Texas

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Dallas responds:

Rodney - All good questions. The CBO will have to stand behind their analysis, but it is being treated by Senators as "accurate."

I would suggest that you send a letter to Senators Wyden and Bennett with your reactions to their proposals. They both say that a large number of business organizations have endorsed the proposal. 

I cannot speak to why they have done so. Safeway is one of the companies specifically mentioned by them.

Dallas

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