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Would health care surtax be disastrous?

House Democrats have proposed a surtax on wealthy Americans as a way to help pay for the health care reform bill. James Pethokoukis wrote on a Reuters blog that a surtax would be disastrous. His nine reasons why were mostly variations on the same reason: Raising taxes would hurt the economy.

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, issued this statement about the plan: "Democrats are proposing tax hikes on everything from small businesses to the elimination of the tax deduction for charitable contributions to tax hikes on your favorite soft drink at the convenience store. We deserve a better solution . . . plan that offers Americans the freedom and choices they deserve without strangling future generations with insurmountable debt."