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Teamsters: AHCA must repeal, not delay, the ‘Cadillac tax’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 9 — All BLET members, families and friends are asked to please contact their House of Representatives Member and Senators to let them know that you are strongly opposed to the retention of the “Cadillac tax” in the new legislation known as the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA).

The AHCA delays, but does not repeal, the 40% excise tax on high quality health benefits — the so-called “Cadillac tax.” Railroad workers enjoy some of the highest quality health care plans in the United States, so this tax would directly harm most BLET members. Corporations, medical device manufacturers and the wealthy will realize significant tax cuts under the AHCA’s provisions, but middle class workers will be penalized beginning in 2025.

According to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters: “This new legislation repeals all of the taxes included in the original ACA except for the 40% tax on health benefits, which has been pushed back to 2025. The result will be a huge tax cut for the wealthiest Americans and big businesses and a substantial tax increase for the hundreds of thousands of Teamster members whose quality health benefits you have worked so hard for at the negotiating table over the years.”

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa called on the chairmen and ranking members of the House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce to support a repeal of the 40 percent excise tax on comprehensive insurance plans in a letter sent on March 8.

This legislation could move very quickly, so BLET members are asked to please contact their members of Congress right away to let them know that you are strongly opposed to the inclusion of the “Cadillac tax” in the AHCA.

Members can call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and ask to speak with the House of Representative member from your Congressional District. Contact information can also be found online here. If you do not talk directly with your member of Congress, then ask to speak to the staff member who handles Labor issues. When speaking to staff, please be respectful just as you would if you were personally speaking with your member of Congress.

A list of talking points and contact information for committee members is available here (PDF).

For a copy of President Hoffa’s letter, please see the Teamsters website (PDF).

Thursday, March 09, 2017
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