POLITICS
08/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blue States Pick Up Health Reform Tab For Red States: Study

Under the new House proposal for health care reform, blue states will be picking up more than their share of the tab, according to a new study from the liberal think tank Citizens for Tax Justice. Conversely, red states will reap more of the rewards, based on figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Financing for the House health care proposal includes a graduated surtax on individuals with annual incomes above $280,000 and families above $350,000. The tax is projected to cost the richest 1.3 percent of taxpayers $543 billion over 10 years. It's been vociferously opposed by congressmen from red districts, where more people are uninsured although the added tax burden disproportionately falls on the liberal Northeast, where a greater percentage of the population already has health insurance.


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