Another good suggestion is to extend the 2.9 percent Medicare tax, which applies only to wages, to ALL adjusted gross income, would raise $38.1 billion.
Imposing a 1.05 percent surtax on the Medicare tax on single people who earn more than $200,000, or couples that earn more than $250,000, would raise $7.2 billion.
Raising the capital gains tax to 28 percent the rate under President Ronald Reagan in top income brackets would raise $34.7 billion.
Limiting tax deductions for stock options and the write-off for intangible assets would add $15 billion to the federal Treasury.
Lets make health care reform cover the uninsured but not penalize hard-working American families and individuals who have employer-sponsored plans. For those who claim this is class warfare, Id say its been going on for quite a while and its time for that to change. Middle-class families the backbone of this country deserve better.
James P. Hoffa is the general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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