- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - One of President Barack Obama’s leading economic advisers says the White House is opposed to taxing health insurance. But Christina Romer is not ruling it out.

She heads the Council of Economic Advisers and says the administration would not rule out taxing health benefits. The New York Times reported Sunday that the administration is considering such a move.

As a candidate, Obama opposed such taxes and called them “a multi-trillion dollar tax hike.” Romer says the president remains opposed. But when she was pushed on its during a talk show appearance, she said nothing was being taken off the table.

Romer appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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