As recently as three weeks ago, one of President Obama’s top advisers warned Democratic leaders to leave the “Cadillac tax” alone.
Asked on Dec. 1 whether Obama would veto any measure that chipped away at the unpopular tax on healthcare benefits, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough was stern.
“Yes, it is true,” McDonough replied at a private luncheon that was attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
Democrats were undeterred.