Voters, Employers Oppose Tax on Health Benefits

Businesses of Every Size Say Tax Will Limit Innovation, Reduce Highly Effective Wellness, Prevention and Health Benefits

Washington, D.C., October 21, 2015 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Business Roundtable and U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released the results of a national poll of registered voters showing that three-quarters of all respondents nationwide are concerned about the employee benefits tax, a 40 percent tax on health benefits, also called the “Cadillac tax,” included in the Affordable Care Act. A strong majority of respondents (66 percent nationwide) say this tax should either be delayed or repealed, and many believe the Affordable Care Act has already made health care less affordable.

“As voters learn more about the looming employee benefits tax, they are expressing concerns about the serious problems it will create: higher health care costs for employers and lower quality health care for employees,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “America’s manufacturers share voters’ concerns. This new tax will affect an estimated 82 percent of manufacturing businesses by 2023. Our companies want to ensure a happy and healthy workforce, but this tax poses yet another challenge to achieving that important goal.”

“America’s largest employers oppose the 40 percent tax because it threatens health care innovation and could end up limiting important wellness and prevention benefits that promote better health and reduce overall cost growth,” said Business Roundtable President John Engler.

“The 40% tax on health plans is yet another example of how the Affordable Care Act has failed to curb rising costs. It is ironic that a law, which requires businesses to provide a certain level of health coverage, includes a provision that will undercut the health coverage that more than 160 million Americans enjoy,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “There is bipartisan momentum on Capitol Hill to repeal this provision. If Congress doesn't act, this tax will push costs higher and it will steadily unravel employer-sponsored coverage, the backbone of our health care system.”

The national online poll of 1,543 registered voters conducted by Morning Consult from September 24 to 27 revealed deep anxiety across party lines about the employee benefits tax.

To learn more about the poll, click here, and to see the detailed poll results from Morning Consult, click here.


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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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