The House voted to stop an unpopular Obamacare tax from taking effect. Republicans and Democrats joined together Wednesday to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax. The provision seeks to excise a 40-percent tax on top tier insurance plans in an attempt lower nationwide health care costs.
The tax has faced opposition by both sides of the aisle, causing several delays in its roll out. Critics say a fundamental issue of the Obama-era measure is that it is not adjustable to region, income level or health condition. Due to its lack of flexibility, legislators claim the levy harms middle class families the most.
“This tax will have a disproportionate impact on working families, particularly families with incomes between $38,000 and $100,000 a year while sparing the wealthy,” stated Rep. Judy Chu, (D) California
Both employers and unions have also stood in opposition to the measure as it penalizes employers for providing “luxurious” benefits for employees.