White House, Unions Reach Deal On Health Care Tax

Sources tell the Associated Press that the White House has reached a tentative deal with union leaders on a proposed tax on so-called “Cadillac” health insurance plans.

Details were not released, but the White House is expected to share them with Congressional leaders later today. And a source tells TPMDC that the House is not yet a party to any deal.

An agreement would be a big step toward successfully merging the House and Senate bills.

However, a spokesman for the AFL-CIO, Eddie Vale, denied to TPMDC that an agreement had been reached.

“Discussions are ongoing. There is no deal,” he said.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs suggested a more formal announcement may be forthcoming. “I don’t have any announcements to make at the moment,” he said. “We may have more later in the day.”