Ryan's ACA Replacement Could Hit Middle-Class Americans for Billions in Taxes

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Ryan's ACA Replacement Could Hit Middle-Class Americans for Billions in Taxes

Feb, 21st 2017

President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act and help America’s workers.

But some of the GOP proposals to replace Obamacare would hit middle-class Americans right in the wallet, according to several health care experts, employer groups and even a few Republican lawmakers.

At issue is the longstanding tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance, more than $250 billion that Americans who receive insurance from their jobs don’t pay in federal income or payroll taxes annually, according to 2016 figures from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Though Republicans have yet to coalesce behind a single replacement bill, prominent proposals from Speaker Paul Ryan and congressman-turned-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are among...

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