What is the health insurance tax and how does it affect my health care?
The health insurance tax is a sales tax on health insurance that hits nearly everyone, increasing the cost of health coverage for individuals, small businesses, seniors, states, and taxpayers. Studies by Oliver Wyman have found that small employers will pay $210 more per employee and families will pay an extra $530 per year, on average.
The health insurance tax is also highly regressive, targeting the poor and middle class. Roughly half of the health insurance tax will be paid by Americans earning between $10,000 and $50,000 per year or by the taxpayer-funded programs (like Medicaid and Medicare) that many are enrolled in.
Repealing the health insurance tax is a common sense, bipartisan solution. More than 100 Democrats, along with more than 250 Republicans, voted to delay the tax because of its impact on premiums.
AHIP will continue to push for a full repeal of the health insurance tax because it makes health care less affordable for the very people who need the most help affording health care.