White House Not Ruling Out Taxing Benefits, Public Plan Compromise
Politico: "White House senior adviser David Axelrod says President Barack Obama would like to have a public option or government-run insurance plan as part of a health reform package, but will not insist on it.
'We've not gotten as far as we've gotten by drawing bright lines in the sand,' Axelrod said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' 'He's going to fight hard for that.'
Later on 'Meet the Press,' Republican strategist Mike Murphy called that 'a huge concession.'"
Associated Press: "White House adviser David Axelrod said the administration wouldn't rule out taxing some employees' benefits to fund a health care agenda that has yet to take final form. The move would be a compromise with fellow Democrats, who are pushing the proposal as a way to pay for the massive undertaking without ballooning the federal deficit."
But if Obama compromises on that point, it would reverse his [campaign] promise not to raise taxes on those earning less than $250,000 ... At the time, his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was proposing a tax on health benefits similar to the plan Obama is now considering."