TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports H.R. 3798, the “Save American Workers Act,” which would provide relief from excise taxes and mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to employers and employees. The Chamber will consider including votes on this bill in our annual How They Voted Scorecard.
While the Chamber continues to push for permanent relief from ACA’s many excise taxes and mandates, this package would provide critical immediate relief from some of the ACA’s most harmful provisions. Most importantly for employers, this package would retroactively grant four years of relief from the employer mandate penalty and would delay implementation of the so-called “Cadillac” tax until 2023. H.R. 3789 would also provide greater flexibility and reduce unnecessary administrative costs by restoring the traditional classification of full-time work to 40 hours per week. The bill would also adopt a voluntary standard for one component of the costly reporting requirements.
Though not scheduled to affect employer-provided health benefits until 2022, the Cadillac tax presents a direct threat to – and a large tax on the health benefits currently enjoyed by 178 million Americans. The Chamber continues to advocate for full repeal of this harmful tax on employer-sponsored health benefits.
The Chamber looks forward to working with all interested parties to advance these and other important health care reform priorities.