Sens. Heller, Heinrich Lead Charge to Eliminate Tax on Comprehensive Health Plans
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffaapplauded the efforts of Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) to repeal the 40 percent excise tax on comprehensive insurance plans included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and commended Senators who joined the effort and voted for repeal. Though the effort was not successful, the senators that supported repeal continue to demonstrate that they will fight for affordable health care for the middle class.
Currently, the excise tax, commonly referred to as the Cadillac Tax, places a 40 percent tax on high-quality health care plans. This tax will only hurt working men and women who will see their premiums rise as costs are passed down the line.
“Senators on both sides of the aisle are doing the right thing and fighting to repeal this harmful tax on good health care plans,” Hoffa said. “I thank them for standing strong and continuing to fight for their constituents who can’t afford to see their health insurance costs rise.”
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Who Are The Teamsters?
The Teamsters are America’s largest, most diverse union. In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the backbone of America’s robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union’s task is exactly the same.
The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, the private sector and public sector.
Our 1.4 million members are public defenders in Minnesota; vegetable workers in California; sanitation workers in New York; Brewers in St. Louis; newspaper workers in Seattle; construction workers in Las Vegas; zoo keepers in Pennsylvania; health care workers in Rhode Island; bakery workers in Maine; airline pilots, secretaries and police officers. Name the occupation and chances are we represent those workers somewhere.