Hartzler Votes to End Unfair Tax on Employer Health Plans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today voted for H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, which would repeal a forty percent tax on many employer sponsored health care plans scheduled to go into effect in 2022. This tax is a remnant of Obamacare that would not only tax the health care plans of millions, but would also disincentivize businesses from providing more generous health care plans. Hartzler has been pushing for this repeal for several years. The repeal voted on today, which was sponsored by Democrat Representative Joe Courtney and supported by both Republican and Democrat leadership alike, suggests that Obamacare continues to have problems.
“To place a forty percent tax on private health care plans to subsidize government plans is not only unfair, but further exacerbates the problem of finding affordable health care,” said Hartzler. “We should be finding ways to make health care more affordable for more people. Instead, this Obamacare tax further cripples the private health insurance marketplace with the goal of expanding government-run health care. I’m glad House Democrats finally recognized the need to repeal this harmful tax,” added Hartzler.
The measure passed 419-6 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
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