The value of health insurance isn’t counted as income on paychecks. But that could change under an increasingly popular proposal being pushed hard by the key tax-writer on Capitol Hill, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Removing the “employer exclusion” would help pay for President Obama’s plan to expand coverage to 46 million uninsured Americans.
Outlook: less than 25% chance. Congress rejected the idea two years ago, and Obama opposed it in his campaign. But the White House hasn’t closed the door yet.