Health Insurance Tax
Everyone deserves to have access to quality health care at a price they can afford. And Congress can take action now to ensure a broken bone doesn’t break the bank – by delaying or repealing the Health Insurance Tax.
The Health Insurance Tax (HIT) is a more than $100 billion tax on seniors, small businesses, state budgets, and every single person who has coverage through a job or buys their own coverage. While it was originally enacted in 2010, the huge burden that this tax would put on American families has led to it being delayed by Congress twice already with strong bipartisan support.
Unfortunately, the current delay of the Health Insurance Tax expires at the end of 2019. That means that next year, millions of hardworking Americans could see hundreds of dollars in higher health care costs. Members of Congress are listening to their constituents and have made addressing rising health care costs a priority. We all agree: we need to focus on bringing down health care costs. Taxing coverage again is a step backwards.
Current proposals in the House, each with strong bipartisan support, to protect Americans and their families include:
Jobs and Premium Protection Act (H.R. 2447) Sponsored by Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) Permanently repeals the HIT
Health Insurance Tax Relief Act (H.R. 1398) Sponsored by Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA-07) Suspends the HIT for 2020 and 2021
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