Reid Sidesteps Whether Democrats Have Votes for Tax on ‘Cadillac’ Plans

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Senate Majority Leader Reid announces that he will bring a bill to the Senate floor that includes a government-run health insurance plan, but sidesteps questions about whether the bill—and a provision to tax high-cost health plans—will garner the necessary 60 votes. The move toward including the “public option” in the Senate bill will also cost Senate Democrats any chance of support from Sen. Snowe, the only Republican to vote for any of the five health bills emerging from the House or Senate committees. Several Democrats have also expressed concern about the 40 percent excise tax on health insurance premiums in excess of $8,000 for individuals and $21,000 for families.