(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about the passage of legislation offered by Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) that would repeal the 40 percent excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as the “Cadillac Tax”
“The Teamsters are pleased that Democrats and Republicans came together last night to back legislation that would eliminate this harmful tax on quality health care plans. This surcharge would only hurt working men and women who would see their premiums rise if nothing is done.
“Congress should be fighting for ways to improve the livelihoods of working Americans and opposing policies that will ultimately take money from their hard-earned paychecks and reduce, and make more costly, the health care benefits they receive. This legislation would ensure that these workers’ wallets are protected.
“Hardworking Americans should not have this draconian penalty hanging over them while many employers scale back their health care offerings and raise the cost to their workers without consequence. Where is the fairness in such a policy?
“The Teamsters now urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead to protect the benefits of many of their middle-class constituents.”
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