Juneau Small Business Owners Hold Roundtable Discussion on Efforts to Repeal the Health Insurance Tax
JUNEAU, Ala., March 28, 2013 – Small business ownersand advocates as well as several members from the Alaska state legislature met today in Juneau to discuss efforts to repeal the costly Health Insurance Tax (HIT) that was included in the president’s health care plan, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
During the event, small business owners from the Juneauarea discussed how this new tax would only exacerbate the challenges facing small business by further raising the cost of health care for thousands of businesses and their employees in the state. Given the recent introduction of legislation by Reps. Charles Boustany (R-La.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) in the U.S. House of Representativesand Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) in the U.S. Senate to repeal the HIT, attendees called for Alaska’s representatives to join the fight in eliminating this harmful tax.
“Alaska’s small businesses help to drive job creation and much-needed revenue for the state,” said Dennis DeWitt, Alaska Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses. “Imposing an unnecessary financial burden on businesses will only make it more difficult for them to fill this critical role in our economy. We encourage our state’s leadership to support efforts underway to repeal the health insurance tax and protect Alaska’s small businesses.”
The HIT is a discriminatory tax born from the president’s health care plan, which would impose over $100 billion in new taxes on the small business community, their employees and the self-employed. The HIT could impact more than 240,000 Arkansas small businesses and over one million workers and families.
Under the law, the tax will be imposed almost entirely on what’s known as the “fully insured market,” where 88percent of small business owners purchase their insurance. The tax would raise the cost of health insurance premiums for families by approximately $5,000 over the next decade according to an analysis by former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
According to a study recently released by the National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation, the HIT would reduce private sector employment bybetween 146,000 and 262,000 in 2022. Roughly 59 percent of these job losses will fall on small businesses. The survey also showed that the added tax would reduce U.S. real output (sales) in 2022 by between $19 billion to $35 billion.
Today’s event was hosted by the Juneau small business owners and members of the Stop The HIT Coalition, which represents small business owners, their employees and the self-employed who support a repeal of the HIT and seek to educate policymakers about the impact of the pending tax.
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. For more information, please visitwww.StopTheHIT.com.