Walorski Votes to Repeal Cadillac Tax; Seeks Vote on Medical Device Tax Repeal, Health Insurance Tax Delay
Speaks on House Floor in Effort to Bring Bipartisan Bills to a Vote
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) on Wednesday voted to repeal the “Cadillac tax” and sought a House vote on bipartisan bills to repeal the medical device tax and delay the health insurance tax.
“Ending the Cadillac tax will provide important relief to both employers and employees, but this bill doesn’t include repealing other burdensome taxes like the medical device tax and the health insurance tax,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “It is critical that we repeal all three of these burdensome taxes before they go back into effect. Doing so will help lower premiums, improve access to care, and boost American manufacturing jobs.”
Video of Walorski speaking on the House floor is available here.
Walorski spoke in support of a procedural effort to amend the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748) to include the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 2207) and the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act (H.R. 1398). The effort was defeated on a party-line vote.
H.R. 748, which would repeal Obamacare’s 40 percent “Cadillac tax” on certain employer-provided health plans, passed the House by a vote of 419 to 6.
H.R. 2207, which Walorski introduced in April, would lower the cost of life-saving medical devices and create jobs by repealing the 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales. The 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device sales took effect under Obamacare in 2013, but has been suspended since 2016.
H.R. 1398, which Walorski introduced in February, would stop Obamacare’s Health Insurance Tax (HIT) from going into effect until after 2021. According to America’s Health Insurance Plans, the HIT could increase premiums by over $470 per family in 2020 if not stopped.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.