Senate Republicans say they are getting closer to shoring up their version of the House bill to replace Obamacare with their own healthcare plan. However, some conservative groups fear that the new Senate plan will include some or all of the hidden Obamacare taxes, so they are petitioning Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, to make sure the new GOP plan will remove the Obamacare taxes.
Today, 45 of the top conservative activist groups will send a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) asking that he ensure all the Affordable Care Act’s taxes are repealed in a Republican health-care bill.
“Recent media reports suggest that the Senate may be wavering on repeal of these taxes,” write Americans for Tax Reform, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and others. “This would be a mistake.”
Industry and outside groups are also pouring on the pressure to eliminate the taxes permanently. More than 50 employer groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Benefits Council, wrote to Senate leaders on Friday asking them to repeal the law’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health plans and its taxes on fully-insured health plans, branded pharmaceuticals and medical devices…
A report was released last week, indicating that the new Senate plan would retain the Obamacare taxes. The move has set off alarm bells among many conservatives, especially since the majority of those taxes impact the elderly and those with chronic conditions. Neither group can afford the increased taxes and if the new plan includes those taxes, Republicans could lose millions of votes at the next election.