As the Senate continued to work to finalize a health care reform bill, EPI produced more research showing which reform proposals from both the House and the Senate would be most effective in helping average working Americans afford health care.
Elise Gould, EPI’s director of health policy research, and economist Josh Bivenspublished an Issue Brief, House Health Care Bill is Right on the Money, outlining why the reform bill passed by the House of Representatives has a fairer and more effective way of paying for reform than the bill pending in the Senate. The House bill would impose a 5.4% surtax on very high incomes ($1 million for joint filers and $500,000 for single filers) while the Senate proposes a 40% excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans. continue reading

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