By Jay Heflin - 03/24/10 01:27 PM EDT
Lawmakers will be tinkering with health reform long after the entire package becomes law, Ways and Means Chairman Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) told The Hill.
"There's no Roman Holiday for the next two years," he said.
Levin has expressed interest in reviewing the tax on high-end health plans, which he contends roughly 40 percent of all plans will eventually pay.
Temporary business tax breaks in the reform bill could also reviewed, but Levin offered little detail on how they would be addressed.
Congress is prone to extending temporary tax breaks. And the health provisions could be the latest addition to a long list of measures that lawmakers resuscitate annually.
Levin said the frequency of an extender package could change.
"There may not be an extenders bill every year," he said. "Someday, we may extend these provisions for more than a year."
He wouldn't be the first chairman to attempt this feat. Cost concerns usually force extender packages to be scaled-back and only cover the immediate future.
The chairman did say that fixing the health reform provisions would happen outside of tax reform.
"I don't think the tax credits and the other provisions in the health bill would necessarily be a part of tax reform," he said.