I work several jobs to make ends meet for my family, and thus have a deep understanding of the financial struggles many working families across Wisconsin face. I’m grateful that my family has good healthcare, but worried that if the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) comes back in 2018, it will raise the cost of healthcare, putting my family in a tough spot and making it harder for us to afford good health insurance.
The HIT is an Obamacare tax that raises the cost of premiums for small businesses and their employees, and thus needs to be suspended. Congress recognized this and suspended the tax for this year, but it needs to happen again.
Obamacare is a failure, which has led to higher premiums for working families. While it may not be repealed in the near future, there are faster ways to help lower the costs of healthcare and immediately passing a one-year delay of the HIT is just that.
The HIT needs to be delayed because a tax on the health insurance that many working families and small businesses purchase is just unfair. Speaker Ryan and Senator Johnson, I know you are working hard to repeal and replace Obamacare, but in the meantime, I’m asking you to suspend the HIT for 2018 — it’s the best way to help lower healthcare costs for Wisconsin’s small businesses and working families.