PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Fix the HIT: Coalition Letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Minority Leader McCarthy

By at 3 December, 2019, 10:58 am

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell                                        The Honorable Kevin McCarthy

Majority Leader                                                                   Minority Leader

United States Senate                                                          U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20510                                                    Washington, D.C.  20515

 

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader McCarthy:

On behalf of the millions of taxpayers and supporters represented by our organizations, we urge you to continue your focus on lifting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) burdens off of our economy, businesses and health care consumers. We appreciate your work over the years to relieve taxpayers and consumers from the ACA’s taxes and higher costs. While much work has been done to improve choices and lift costs, much work remains to fully relieve taxpayers and consumers from the assorted taxes and mandates imposed by the ACA.

We write today to remind you of the burdens of the health insurance tax (HIT), its disproportionate impact on small businesses, the self-employed and seniors, and the need to take immediate action to relieve families and small businesses from this tax.

Thankfully, there is bipartisan support for repealing the HIT (S.80/H.R. 2447), and for extending the current moratorium for two years (S.172/H.R. 1398). Taking action on the HIT this year, will help to fuel small business confidence into 2020, and ensure our economy continues to benefit from the tax and regulatory policies championed under your leadership and President Trump.

If allowed to return in 2020, the HIT will add approximately $16 billion to the cost of coverage for individuals, small businesses and Medicare Advantage seniors, which amounts to an increase of between $400 to $500 on health insurance premiums. Half of this insidious tax is paid by individuals and families with incomes between $10,000 and $50,000.  Small businesses are targeted by this tax, as the HIT is levied on the fully-insured market, where 87% of small businesses purchase their health insurance.

The failings of the ACA must continue to be addressed as Republicans advocate for common-sense reforms that lower costs, improve choices and fuel innovation in our health care system.  Prioritizing the delay and repeal of ACA taxes in 2019 – including the burdensome and unfair HIT – bolsters the core contention, and fact, that more government is not working for our health care system. Moreover, small businesses and seniors cannot afford these higher costs.

Thank you for your continued support of pro-taxpayer, pro-small business policies.

*Sincerely,

 

Grover Norquist

President

Americans for Tax Reform

 

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis

President

60 Plus Association

 

James L. Martin

Founder/Chairman

60 Plus Association

 

Jeffrey Mazzella

President

Center for Individual Freedom

 

Thomas Schatz

President

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Jason Pye

Vice President, Legislative Affairs

FreedomWorks

 

Grace-Marie Turner

President

Galen Institute

 

Pete Sepp

President

National Taxpayers Union

 

David Williams

President

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

 

Karen Kerrigan

President & CEO

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

 

*Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.

 

cc:       President Donald Trump

Vice President Mike Pence

 

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