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  •  Is Specter seriously demented? (7+ / 0-)

    He claims in one answer concerning tax status of employer provided health care:

    MR. GREGORY:  Do you support taxing the value of, the value of employer-provided health care for workers?

    SEN. SPECTER:  No, I'd be very reluctant to do that.  Health care provided by employers, which is deductible for them and not added on as income to the recipient, has been the mainstay of health coverage for millions of Americans, and I'd be very reluctant to abandon that.

    Got that? No taxing employer provided health care - it is sacrosanct (or maybe not if "reluctant" is Specter-speak for I'll cut that if I have to).

    But after enshrining that tax status - we have this

    MR. GREGORY:  So the health care reform you would like to see is what?

    SEN. SPECTER:  I would, I would like to see all Americans covered.  I've joined with the Wyden-Bennett plan, has 14 co-sponsors.

    huh?

    Wyden-Bennett (S. 391) has as one of it's provisions the elimination of exactly the tax status he enshrined a moment before.

    Is Specter senile?

    •  Look at what Specter said closely (4+ / 0-)
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      He didn't foreclose the idea of accepting the tax on healthcare benefits. He just said that he would be "reluctant" to accept it. In other words, he won't accept the tax unless he gets something in return. In another diary over a week ago, someone wrote about Specter wanting funding for a new agency that granted money to biotechnology firms. I said at the time not knowing that he would become a Republican, that I would accept it in exchange for his support of a public option. At the time I guessed and I haven't done any research to support this assertion that Pennsylvania has a lot of biotech firms in that state. The agency will be able to funnel money to those biotech firms in Pennsylvania.

      But it looks like the support of "healthcare reform" will be conditioned on supporting the tax increase on healthcare benefits. I bet you the Republicans, Specter and "centrist" Democrats will get something in exchange for supporting the tax on healthcare benefits along with the other elements of healthcare reform.

      •  Put simply (3+ / 0-)
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        Specter is a Co-Sponsor of the S. 391 bill.

        This has as one of it's central positions elimination of tax-free status for health care premiums.

        You cannot simultaneously be against such and for such unless you are mad.

        But - the caveat "reluctant" or no which we both mentioned - that contradictory position set is exactly what Specter adopts.

        He is off his fucking rocker.

    •  excellent! (0+ / 0-)

      he said he supports taxing employer-provided healthcare benefits, just like john mccain!

      don't ask for a clarification here on big orange, all dems in PA should start piling on the guy, in LTE's radio call-in, etc.

      get him to backpedal so fast he ends up a single-payer supporter!

      l'homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers

      by zeke L on Sun May 03, 2009 at 06:02:39 PM PDT

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