Congress must repeal federal health insurance tax

2013-08-18T00:00:00Z Congress must repeal federal health insurance tax
August 18, 2013 12:00 am

My husband and I own a liquor store, a family-run operation. Aside from our daughter, we have no other employees and are unable to retain any because of the high cost of operating the store. We're forced to pay for our health care out-of-pocket, which has become an enormous expense because of my poor health.

The health insurance tax, a component of the Affordable Care Act, will harm many businesses like ours by making it impossible for us to obtain health insurance. Insurance companies will pass along the cost to consumers in the form of higher premiums and reduced benefits. $500 more per employee would make it impossible for me to provide health insurance.

Congress must vote to repeal the health insurance tax before it can take effect in 2014. Our businesses and local communities cannot afford another hit, and the Jobs and Premiums Protection Act will eliminate this unfair tax.

— Rhonda Wantola, Francesville

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