White House Memo Denies Middle Class to Be Taxed by Health Bill

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 The White House distributes a “talking points” memo in an effort to combat arguments that several of the revenue-raising provisions in the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill would increase taxes on middle-class households. The memo says opponents are using “baseless attacks” and that the “real” health care tax is the extra $1,000 per person added to health insurance premiums to cover the costs of caring for individuals without insurance. The Senate Finance Committee, meanwhile, continues marking up its version of the bill but pushes aside any tax-related amendments until later in the week. House Majority Leader Hoyer says he still expects the House to consider health care overhaul legislation during October.