Congressman Steve Scalise is calling on President Obama to stand by his word and broadcast health care reform discussions on C-SPAN. Reports indicate that the President plans to meet privately with union representatives in next few days to discuss details of the government takeover of health care, including placing a 40 percent tax on high-priced insurance policies, often referred to as a "Cadillac plans." Unions have opposed the tax because it could impact some of the more generous union sponsored health plans.
"President Obama owes it to the American people to keep his word and start holding all health care meetings in public. Instead of cutting deals with union bosses behind closed doors, these meetings should be broadcast on networks like C-SPAN so the public can find out what's really happening," Scalise said. "Speaker Pelosi and her liberal lieutenants have been holding all of the health care negotiations on Capitol Hill behind closed doors, and they continue to try and keep the American people in the dark."
The tax on "Cadillac plans" was included in the Senate bill. The proposal would impose a 40 percent excise tax on the cost of individual insurance policies that are above $8,500 and on family polices above $23,000. The Congressional Budget Office has said the tax would raise $149 billion.