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Senate Amendment to Repeal the Cadillac Tax on Workers’ Health Benefits

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2017) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the amendment to repeal the Cadillac Tax:

We appreciate the continued effort by Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) as well as other senators voting in support of the full repeal the onerous Cadillac Tax from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the underlying process surrounding reform of the ACA is certainly flawed, millions of working-class Americans, including the hard-working men and women of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), will face a 40 percent benefits tax on their health care without repeal of this tax. The threat of this benefits tax is already causing employers to scale back benefits and shift costs to employees.

 

Unfortunately, while the effort to repeal this regressive tax was not successful we are encouraged by the strong bipartisan support we saw to repeal the Cadillac tax and we will continue to fight.

 

LIUNA urges Congress to protect workers’ health insurance and for once and for all repeal this misguided tax.

 

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