Adam Brickley & Fadia Galindo
July 15, 2009

[efoods]The Democrats’ proposed $540-billion tax hike to help pay for President Obama’s health care reform plan will boost costs for small businesses and thus force more people into the president’s proposed government-run health insurance program, said Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), a doctor.

“The short answer to that question, if I may, is yes,” Burgess told, when asked if the proposed tax hikes would lead many businesses to cut costs, particularly health coverage benefits, to pay for the tax increases.

Burgess, an obstetrician and gynecologist by profession, heads the Congressional Health Care caucus. He also said that many people would be forced into the “public option” program gradually to keep down the anticipated costs of the program.

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