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Congress weighs taxing employee health benefits

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in Employee Benefits Program,Human Resources

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.

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