Senators discuss whether bill would increase taxes

10/1/2009 | Washington Post, The

Senators debated Thursday on whether the health reform bill in the Finance Committee would effectively raise taxes -- something President Barack Obama promised not to do in his election campaign. Nonpartisan congressional analysts say the bill would tap the taxpayer's wallet by requiring people to pay an excise tax if they don't purchase insurance and would make it more difficult for taxpayers under the age of 65 to deduct catastrophic medical costs from income taxes.

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