Eighty-six percent of Voters Oppose the Taxation of Health Insurance for Employers

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A new poll, conducted July 12, 2019 by pollster Frank Luntz, highlights 86% of voters oppose taxes on employer-provided health care coverage.

Health care continues to be the No. 1 concern for voters, beating out immigration, climate change, the federal debt, and trade as the top issue. Employers provide access to health care coverage to more than half of all Americans, but this coverage is threatened by the looming 40% “Cadillac Tax” on job-based health care. This new poll finds that 76% of voters want to protect and strengthen the employer-provided coverage that either they, or their family, depend on, rather than eliminating it.

The U.S. House of Representatives has set a Wednesday, July 17 vote on H.R. 748, the bipartisan “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” to fully repeal the 40% “Cadillac Tax” on employer-provided health care coverage, led by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA). This legislation has 367 cosponsors and strong bipartisan support.

“More than 181 million people receive health care coverage from an employer – coverage that they like and want to keep,” said James A. Klein, president of the American Benefits Council.“Tomorrow, Congress will have an opportunity to show voters that they will protect this coverage by fully repealing the ‘Cadillac Tax,’ which is already leading to higher deductibles and increased out-of-pocket costs for working Americans. Health care coverage is not a luxury good, and it shouldn’t be taxed that way.”

The employer-provided health care system is stable, efficient, affordable, and effective in covering more than half of All Americans. Let’s work together to protect what works and keep health care affordable. #DontTaxMyHealthCare

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