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
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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.