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Health care negotiators are looking at options for easing a proposed health insurance tax that has angered organized labor, including the possibility of a new levy on the investment earnings of upper-income people.

The idea is to extend the Medicare payroll tax — which now applies only to income from wages — to cover some of the investment earnings of couples making more than $250,000 a year, and individuals earning above $200,000, a Democratic official said Tuesday. That would make up lost revenue from scaling back the insurance tax.  MORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.