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Date:3/5/2009

is a particularly tricky policy for the Obama administration to propose because they brutalized John McCain for suggesting much the same thing. McCain, they said, was planning to tax employer health care benefits for the first time in history." (Ezra Klein, "What Obama's Budget Does -- And Doesn't - Say," The American Prospect's "Ezra Klein" Blog, www.prospect.org, 2/22/09)

Even Other Democrats Are Beginning To Question The Amount Of Debt That President Obama's Health Care Plans Would Bring:

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA) Suggested Avoiding More Debt Was More Important Right Now Than Providing Universal Health Care. "One Blue Dog Democrat in the House made clear today that he is unlikely to support President Obama's health care reform plans unless it is revenue neutral and does not add long-term debt to the nation's balance sheet. In an appearance on ABC News Now's 'Politics Live,' Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga. ... suggested that avoiding additional debt is a greater priority for the country's economic health than providing universal health care coverage for all Americans." (David Chalian, "Blue Dog To Obama: Health Care Shouldn't Increase Debt," ABC News' "The Note" Blog, www.abcnews.com, 3/2/09)

  • Rep. Marshall: "Increasing Spending Without Coming Up With Revenue That Matches That Spending Or Cutting Spending Some Place Else Is Just Not The Direction That We Need To Head In." Marshall: "Frankly all of us would like to see more Americans have access to health care and there will be a lot of different arguments concerning the appropriate plan, but I think there's a larger issue on the table now and I think the President has a real opportunity to show some leaders
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