Nearly 7 in 10 Oppose ObamaCare’s Cadillac Tax

October 27, 2015

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Source: The Hill

Nearly seven in 10 people believe ObamaCare’s so-called Cadillac tax should be repealed or delayed, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The poll, commissioned by business groups including the Chamber of Commerce, shows that opposition to the tax is growing.

A separate poll last month found that 60 percent of people opposed the measure, which adds a 40 percent excise tax on certain employee healthcare benefits.

Wednesday’s survey, released by the Chamber of Commerce as well as the National Association of Manufacturers and Business Roundtable, also found that 72 percent of people are “unsure or mistaken” in their understanding of the tax.

While the measure doesn’t go into effect until 2018, it has made headlines recently after Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton announced her opposition — a major split from the Obama administration.

With Clinton as an unlikely ally to the years-long effort to repeal it, every 2016 candidate now opposes the Cadillac tax, which would go into effect midway through the next president’s term. That has forced the Obama administration into an awkward spot trying to defend it.

Still, the four bills in Congress to repeal the tax have made little movement in months.

Randy Johnson, vice president for employee benefits at Chamber of Commerce, said he believes there is growing momentum in Congress, where lawmakers of both parties have expressed support.

“Things can be done, it just takes time, and we’re in here for the long haul,” he said.

The poll was conducted online among 1,543 registered voters by Morning Consult.

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