The State of the Union address is just a day away, and healthcare has emerged as a central issue that President Bush will focus on in his speech. In a radio address on Saturday, Bush revealed his plan to control healthcare costs by tax breaks to help low-income people buy insurance and a tax boost for employees whose health coverage costs more than average. Supporters are applauding the president's plan, saying that it will bring coverage to almost 50 million uninsured Americans. Others, of course, aren't so impressed. "It's a bad policy...We are trying to bring tax relief to the middle class. The president is trying to increase their tax liability," Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) told The New York Times.
For more on Bush's plan:
- read this New York Times article
PLUS: At InsureBlog, Bob Vineyard examines Bush's healthcare proposal. Blog