Almost from the start, theCadillac tax has been running on fumes. Both parties have signaleda desire to see it go away. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In an ironic post-election development, a key piece of theoriginal funding mechanism of the Patient Protection and AffordableCare Act could finally be dispensed with because of the House ofRepresentatives power shift.

The excise tax on employer health plans–known colloquially asthe Cadillac Tax–was designed to fund the subsidiesthat created the “health care-for-all” system of the ACA. Butalmost from the start, the Cadillac tax has been running on fumes.Both parties have signaled a desire to see it go away. Now, thatmay finally happen.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.