Washington, D.C. – As health care costs continue to rise, hardworking Americans, seniors and middle-class families are urging Congress to address health care affordability. A new national poll from Morning Consult finds that a majority of voters, including Democrats and Republicans, are concerned about the increased costs brought on by the return of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). The tax, estimated at $16 billion for 2020, will increase the cost of coverage for small business employees and their families by roughly $500 on average next year, with more than half the total cost falling on those making less than $50,000.
According to the survey:
- 8 in 10 voters are concerned about health care costs and a majority of those making under $50,000 consider health care affordability a major concern for them and their family;
- 77% of voters making less than $50,000 say it would be a major concern if their health care costs increased by $500 annually;
- 97% of Democrats and 96% of Republicans say it’s important for their Member of Congress to address rising health care costs;
- 91% of voters are concerned about the increased costs from the HIT; and,
- 83% of voters—including 80% of Democrats, 84% of Republicans and 83% of Independents—oppose the HIT.
The Stop The HIT Coalition is working to protect the country’s small business owners and middle-class families from the financial harms posed by the Health Insurance Tax. Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House (H.R.1398) and Senate (S.172) would provide relief from this costly, unfair and hidden tax for millions across the country.
Voters want Congress to lower health care costs but raising taxes on their coverage isn’t what they have in mind. It’s time for Congress to Stop The HIT.
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About Stop The HIT
The Stop The HIT Coalition represents the nation’s small business owners, their employees and the self-employed who are actively working to repeal the Health Insurance Tax. Since the Coalition’s formation in 2011, it has grown to include more than 35 national organizations, representing millions of small business owners across the country.
Additional information may be found at www.StopTheHIT.com.