As the battle over healthcare reform moves to the upper chamber of Congress, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a group that opposes any tax increases, has called on Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska to oppose a bill that would raise the fiscal burden on American citizens.
Earlier this year, ATR listed various tax hikes the Democrats’ bill would bring about in violation of President Obama’s promise made during the electoral campaign not to raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year.
In particular, it said the proposed legislation would impose a tax on individuals who are not enrolled in health insurance and on certain businesses that do not offer it.
After the House passed its version of the bill last weekend and the spotlight has shifted to the Senate, the group appealed to Nelson to honor the Taxpayer Protection Pledge he took.
"It’s clear with [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid’s decision to include the public option in any healthcare legislation going to the floor that every Democrat vote is required to pass cloture," says Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
"Now is the time for [Senator] Nelson to follow through on the promise he made to get elected and stand by the taxpayers," he stressed.