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Where Is Clinton On UNITE HERE's "Most Important Issue"?

- August 18, 2015

This Afternoon, Clinton Will Address Labor Unions Who Want Her To Repeal ObamaCare's Cadillac Tax. "Tuesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton will address leaders of Nevada's labor unions-including the state's largest, which blasted her as 'shameless' during the heated 2008 caucus, but now wants her help repealing ObamaCare's so-called 'Cadillac tax.'" (Josh Eidelson, "Hillary Clinton's Nevada Union Foes Eye Repeal Of ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax,'" Bloomberg , 8/18/15)

REPEALING OBAMACARE'S CADILLAC TAX IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR UNIONS

Obamacare's Cadillac Tax Is UNITE HERE's "Most Important Issue" And Will Be The "Starting Point" When It Considers Endorsing A Presidential Candidate. "The 'starting point' for that assessment, says Cancela, is where she stands on repealing Obamacare's controversial excise tax, a 40 percent tax on expensive health care plans that's meant to slow the growth in health care spending while raising revenue. 'It's the most important issue we're looking at right now, and there's an opportunity for real action and not carefully-worded promises.'" (Josh Eidelson, "Hillary Clinton's Nevada Union Foes Eye Repeal Of ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax,'" Bloomberg , 8/18/15)

But Clinton's Position On The Tax Remains Unclear

In A Recent Questionnaire, Clinton Didn't Take A Solid Stand And It Was Unclear If She Supported Repealing The Cadillac Tax. "Clinton didn't say exactly what she'd do, but in her response to the AFT questionnaire, she began to stake out a position. 'As currently structured,' Clinton wrote, 'I worry that it may create an incentive to substantially lower the value of the benefits package and shift more and more costs to consumers.'" (Danny Vinik, "Hillary: I'm 'Examing' ObamaCare's Cadillac Tax," Politico, 7/16/15)

According To The Questionnaire Issued By The American Federation Of Teachers, Clinton Was Open To "Scaling Back Or Scrapping" ObamaCare's Cadillac Tax. "In a break with the White House, Hillary Rodham Clinton says she'd consider scaling back or scrapping the controversial 'Cadillac tax' under ObamaCare. … "Clinton, who served as President Obama's secretary of state, revealed her position in an answer to an endorsement questionnaire issued by the American Federation of Teachers, which is backing her White House run."" (Carl Campanile, "Hillary Would Consider Scrapping ObamaCare's 'Cadillac Tax,'" New York Post, 7/14/15)

  • Clinton: "As Currently Structured, I Worry That It May Create An Incentive To Substantially Lower The Benefits Package And Shift More And More Costs To Consumers." CLINTON: "As with any piece of major legislation, it's not perfect and would benefit from updates and fixes. One area of the ACA that I am examining is the so-called 'Cadillac' tax. As currently structured, I worry that it may create an incentive to substantially lower the value of the benefits package and shift more and more costs to consumers. As President, I would work to ensure that our tax code appropriately advances the health care interests of lower-income and middle class families." (Hillary Clinton, American Federation Of Teachers Candidate Questionnaire , 7/13/15)

According To Clinton's Spokesperson Yesterday, Clinton Can Only Say She Will Examine The Tax. "In a Monday e-mail, Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson told Bloomberg that the Democratic front-runner 'continues to seek ways to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act, including examining concerns that many workers have with the so-called 'Cadillac' tax.' He said she 'supports the intention of trying to get health care costs under control' but also 'believes we shouldn't put cost containment on the backs of consumers and workers.'" (Josh Eidelson, "Hillary Clinton's Nevada Union Foes Eye Repeal Of ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax,'" Bloomberg , 8/18/15)

Clinton Is Caught Between Raising Taxes Or Irritating Unions

The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Recently Projected That ObamaCare's Cadillac Tax Would Bring In $87 Billion In Taxes From 2018 Through 2025. ("Budgetary And Economic Effects Of Repealing The Affordable Care Act," Congressional Budget Office, 6/19/15)

According To The American Health Policy Institute, ObamaCare's Cadillac Tax "Could Cost 12.1 Million Employees An Average Of $1,050 In Higher Payroll And Income Taxes Per Year." "According to a report from the American Health Policy Institute, from 2018 to 2024 the excise tax could cost 12.1 million employees an average of $1,050 in higher payroll and income taxes per year, if employers increase their taxable wages as they reduce the cost of health care benefits." (Karen Appold, "Cadillac Tax Causing Firms To Shed Expensive Policies," Managed Healthcare Executive , 3/12/15)

  • Additionally, Those Employees "Could See Up To A $6,150 Reduction" In Health Benefits. "Alternatively, these employees could see up to a $6,150 reduction in their health care benefits and little or no increase in their pay." (Karen Appold, "Cadillac Tax Causing Firms To Shed Expensive Policies," Managed Healthcare Executive , 3/12/15)

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