December 20th, 2009
09:50 AM ET
December 20th, 2009
09:02 AM ET
6 years ago

Aide: Obama believes tax on costly policies 'has some merit'

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama thinks a Senate proposal to tax insurance companies that provide high-cost "Cadillac" health care coverage has merit, his senior adviser said Sunday.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Obama aide David Axelrod provided few details but offered some insight into how the president views aspects of emerging health care reform legislation.

“I think there’s a will to get this done,” Axelrod said of the end game of a national debate that has roiled for months. “People understand we’re on the doorstep of doing something really historic.

The House has passed its version of the bill, and Senate Democrats prepared to brave the aftermath of a blizzard Sunday in their push to pass their health care measure before Christmas. If the Senate passes a bill, the two versions would be merged into a final measure requiring approval from both chambers before going to Obama to be signed into law.

While the House and Senate bills agree on most issues, there are significant differences over how to pay for them and how they will expand health coverage to more than 30 million Americans currently uninsured.

Filed under: David Axelrod • Health care • State of the Union
December 20th, 2009
09:01 AM ET
newer posts »