Keller Joins Overwhelming Bipartisan Vote to Repeal Obamacare’s Cadillac Tax

July 18, 2019
Press Release
Tax Threatens Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits for Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) yesterday was one of 419 members of the House of Representatives to vote to repeal Obamacare’s Cadillac Tax. H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019, would repeal the 40 percent excise tax on more than 181 million Americans’ employer-sponsored health insurance plans.

“The Cadillac Tax would add unfair costs on working-class families who get their health insurance through their employers,” Keller, a co-sponsor of the repeal bill, said. “Pennsylvania families already pay too much for health care. The Cadillac Tax would add to their financial strain while reducing the quality of care they would receive. Repealing it is common sense. I’m glad that so many of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle came together to get this done.”

The Cadillac Tax would levy a 40 percent excise tax on group health plans above approximately $11,200 for individual coverage and $30,100 for family plans in 2022, when it is scheduled to go into effect. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the tax would impact nearly one in three (31 percent) employers offering employee health benefits by 2022, and nearly half (46 percent) of employers by 2030.

Repeal of the Cadillac Tax is supported by a broad group of stakeholders, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Laborers’ International Union of North America, the National Retail Federation, the National Association of Manufacturers, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Federation of Teachers, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

The House passed H.R. 748 by a vote of 419-6 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.