The ‘Cadil­lac tax’ is bad for work­ing fam­i­lies

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the Oct. 1 ed­i­to­rial “Flunk­ing the health-care test”:

U.S. lead­ers and the Amer­i­can public agree that ev­ery­one should have ac­cess to af­ford­able, high-qual­ity health care, so why did the ed­i­to­rial board en­dorse a puni­tive tax on good health plans?

The ed­i­to­rial’s ar­gu­ments for the so-called “Cadil­lac tax” were sim­ply un­in­formed and wrong. This harm­ful and un­nec­es­sary tax is fun­da­men­tally flawed. It will hol­low out health-care plans and drive up costs be­cause peo­ple will not get the care they need un­til it is too late. In­stead of ask­ing in­dus­tries and cor­po­ra­tions that ben­e­fit richly from health-care re­form to make a fair con­tri­bu­tion, the ed­i­to­rial board wants to in­crease what work­ing peo­ple have to pay out of pocket. This means cut­ting ben­e­fits for those who need them the most. That’s bad pol­icy and bad for work­ing fam­i­lies.

The ed­i­to­rial board should be a leader in ex­pos­ing the real prob­lem fac­ing most Amer­i­cans: a health-care sys­tem that is the most ex­pen­sive in the world be­cause of the out­size prof­its that go to drug man­u­fac­tur­ers and in­sur­ance com­pa­nies.

Richard L. Trumka, Washington The writer is pres­i­dent of the AFL-CIO.

It will hol­low out health-care plans and drive up costs be­cause peo­ple will not get the care they need un­til it is too late.

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