Letter to the editor: Health tax trouble

Posted 12/19/18

Recently, I left my job and with it my health insurance. I’m very concerned about the cost of purchasing my own or finding another job with benefits. Now there’s reason to worry both …

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Letter to the editor: Health tax trouble

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Recently, I left my job and with it my health insurance. I’m very concerned about the cost of purchasing my own or finding another job with benefits. Now there’s reason to worry both options will soon become more difficult. A health insurance tax, put on hold for 2019, is expected to return in 2020 and drive premiums higher.
If that happens, the cost of an individual plans will rise at least $170. That’s a lot of money when you’re out of work. Moreover, many local employers will pay over $400 extra for each family on their health plan. I suspect it will become harder to find a job that comes with health insurance, and the tax might lead to less hiring.
Elected leaders need to understand that people really struggle to pay for health insurance. The costs are cutting into the money for basic necessities, and they’re limiting the funds companies have to hire employees and pay good wages.
There’s no reason to put a tax on something as important as health insurance. It should be tax-free so more people can afford it.

Fortunately, our U.S. Senator Cory Gardner signed on to a letter bringing the health insurance tax problem to the attention of congressional leadership. Now we just need them to craft legislation putting the tax on hold again in 2020, so Senator Gardner can vote “yes” and help save us all a lot of money on health insurance.

Sandra Jo Horner,
Lakewood

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