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US House Repeal of the Cadillac Tax Encouraging for Working-Class Americans

Washington, D.C. (July 17, 2019) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the passage of H.R.748:

The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly and with strong bipartisan support for H.R.748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, to repeal the onerous 40% benefits tax, known as the Cadillac Tax.

 

This tax, contrary to the popular notion that it would impact only high-value plans, will eventually impact all 181 million Americans who rely on their employer-sponsored insurance for themselves and their families.

 

Without full repeal, it will be the workers who will ultimately pay for this regressive tax. Already families are seeing higher costs with fewer benefits as employers are having to adjust coverage due to this tax despite its delayed implementation to 2022.

 

LIUNA applauds the House and urges the U.S. Senate to follow suit and act quickly to finally, fully repeal the Cadillac tax.

 

 

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