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Job-Based Health Benefits At Risk Amid Proposals To Cut Federal Deficit
The Associated Press: "Job-based health care benefits could wind up on the chopping block if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans get serious about cutting the deficit. Budget proposals from leaders in both parties have urged shrinking or eliminating tax breaks that help make employer health insurance the leading source of coverage in the nation and a middle-class mainstay. The idea isn't to just raise revenue, economists say, but finally to turn Americans into frugal health care consumers by having them face the full costs of their medical decisions." Labor unions are preparing to fight the cuts: "Tampering with health care tax breaks is 'a terrible step in the wrong direction,' said Mary Kay Henry, the new president of the Service Employees International Union, which represents many hospital workers. 'We want the middle class stabilized, not destabilized'" (11/28).
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