Unless the Senate acts, working families’ health benefits will be taxed starting in 2022. Three months ago, the House voted 419-6 to repeal the tax on middle class health benefits. Now, it’s up to the Senate. According to an analysis published in Health Affairs, educators would be among those hit hardest. Already, employers are pushing to scale back health benefits. Over the last decade, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports, family premiums have gone up 55 percent and deductibles 212 percent—far more than the 26 percent increase in workers’ earnings over the same period. Workers can’t afford a new tax on their benefits. The Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (S. 684) has 62 cosponsors—more than enough for passage if leadership allows a vote. Tell your senators to cosponsor S. 684, if they haven’t already, and urge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring it to the floor.
Take Action: Cosponsor the repeal of the excise tax on “high cost” health plans