Affordable Care Act Tax on Our Healthcare
General President O’Sullivan sent out a message this week explaining action is needed on the 40% benefits tax, also known as the “Cadillac” tax, a penalty built into the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
He explained that it could affect your paycheck and health care benefits in 2018 if not sooner. It’s urgent that Congress repeal this tax because it could destroy the health and welfare funds of millions of workers, including our LIUNA brothers and sisters.
The tax was intended to discourage overly generous and unnecessary plans. But there are unintended consequences for all workers, with union members taking the brunt of it. As insurance premiums continue to rise, many quality mid-range plans will be subject to the tax – unless benefits and the quality of care are slashed or the plans shut down entirely.
Since LIUNA members and other union workers have struggled and sacrificed for years to build quality healthcare plans, ours plans could face cuts sooner rather than later. Two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives– one championed by Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut and one by Republican Rep. Frank Guinta of New Hampshire – would repeal the tax.
Please go HERE to find out more, get involved and help repeal the tax.