Joe Courtney

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Joe Courtney

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Vote YES on H.R. 748 to repeal the 40% tax on working Americans’ health benefits

Dear Colleague:

Tomorrow, the House will vote on one of the most bipartisan bills in recent memory and one that responds to the issue at the top of the priority list for Americans from all corners of the country: health care affordability. For many working families, necessary
medical treatment remains unaffordable due to exorbitant out of pocket costs and deductibles. Our bill will finally repeal the tax on health insurance relied upon by 181 million working Americans and their families, and which threatens to further increase

The “Middle-Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019” (H.R. 748) would fully and permanently repeal the 40% “Cadillac Tax” on employer-provided health care coverage. We urge you to vote YES on this commonsense bill which has united 367 of our colleagues
as well as families, patients, small businesses, and large employers.

Just last week, Kaiser Family Foundation came out with an updated analysis of the “Cadillac tax,” finding it could affect nearly a third (31%) of employers when the tax takes effect in 2022 and could reach almost half (46%) of employers by 2030 if they make
no changes to current plan design. Those first to be hit by this harmful tax are those Americans that depend on their health care the most: older workers, workers with pre-existing conditions and unexpected illnesses, women looking to expand their families,
and those who live in high-cost health care areas that are already paying too much for health care out of dwindling family budgets.

The “Cadillac Tax” does not reduce the tax of costly health care, but instead makes it even more unaffordable. Deductibles have risen a whopping 212% over the past decade, yet 40% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency health care expense. The fear of
this tax has put employers in a lose-lose situation: keep benefits and face the 40% tax, or reduce benefits and shift more costs onto workers in order to avoid triggering the tax thresholds.

The longer we wait, the deeper the cuts for American families. Please vote YES on Wednesday to repeal this harmful 40% tax on hardworking Americans and their families.


Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ)

Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ)

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: HealthCare, Labor, Taxes

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