Democrats embrace taxing rich to pay for health care

11/20/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Although there are differences between the Senate and House approaches to overhauling the U.S. health care system, one common threat runs through both: They raise taxes on the wealthy to pay the bill. At the same time, measures backed by Democrats offer different ideas on who is considered rich and how much they should pay. Raising taxes for the affluent marks a big policy shift for Democrats. A few years ago, when the party was working to change its liberal image, Democrats shied away from even talking of tax increases.

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