Aware that the comprehensive Obamacare repeal bill expectedto pass the Senate in the coming days will invariably be vetoed byPresident Obama, lawmakers from both parties are exploring otherways to kill the Cadillac tax, one of the rareprovisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act thathas earned scorn from both the left and the right.

The plan now appears to be to include a repeal of the tax amonga large package of tax cuts that Congressional leaders hope to passby the end of the year. To be clear, that is not the same as themassive, end-of-the year spending bill Congress is scrambling toapprove before the New Year.

While there has historically been support from conservativequarters for policy that subjects health benefits to the same taxesas other income and Jeb Bush’s own health care plan contains such aprovision, Congressional Republicans are united in opposing theCadillac tax. A number of Congressional Democratic leaders, alongwith both of the party’s leading presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and BernieSanders, also support its repeal.

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