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In an ironic post-election development, a key piece of the original funding mechanism of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could finally be dispensed with because of the House of Representatives power shift.
The excise tax on employer health plans–known colloquially as the Cadillac Tax–was designed to fund the subsidies that created the “health care-for-all” system of the ACA. But almost from the start, the Cadillac tax has been running on fumes. Both parties have signaled a desire to see it go away. Now, that may finally happen.
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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.
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