The must-pass spending bill to fund the government next week could include a delay of Obamacare’s “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans, according to House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
Brady told reporters Thursday that even some Democrats believe the tax needs to be delayed again. It is scheduled to go into effect in 2020 after being delayed by Congress and the Obama administration in 2015.
“Right now, and even Democrats who put that awful tax place, believe it needs to be delayed,” he said.
Brady was then asked if a delay could be included in a continuing resolution to fund the government after the current one expires Jan. 19.
“Possibly. I would like to see some action there,” he responded. “We want to work closely with our Democrat colleagues and the leadership on that.”
The “Cadillac” tax is a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost health plans and has earned derision from both Democrats and Republicans. Both business groups and labor unions who negotiate high-cost health plans for their members vehemently oppose the tax, which has never gone into effect.