Sen. Gardner helps put health insurance tax on hold
Sen. Cory Gardner stepped up on an issue vital to Colorado’s small businesses and working families, the health insurance tax. This tax directly raises premiums, and Senator Gardner has co-sponsored legislation to keep it on hold for two more years.
If his bill passes, it would be a great relief. My company employs 60 people and even with the health insurance tax suspended this year, our health plan is my third highest expense and the only one I have no control over. I’ve consistently seen annual premium increases of at least 16 percent, and for the last three years, it’s been 20 percent. If the health insurance tax returns in 2020, it will cost me an extra $25,000. That’s money I don’t have.
Even as I spend more each year, my contribution represents an ever-smaller percentage of the premium, so my employees are forced to kick in more. Their burden will only get worse with the health insurance tax dipping into the funds I have available for wage increases and other benefits. Many small businesses are expecting similar impacts, so the health insurance tax will harm working families statewide.
I’m in the business of helping doctors manage payments, so I see healthcare issues from all sides—and no one is happy about the health insurance tax. It raises costs and undermines Coloradans’ shared goal of expanding healthcare access.
The health insurance tax should definitely remain on hold. Many thanks to Senator Gardner for working to make that happen.
President and CEO
Clinic Service Corporation
Politicians must support Green New Deal
Climate change is happening here and now – and as a young person, I’m terrified. I’m 25 and have already experienced a drastic decrease in air quality due to expanding summer forest fires. These will only get worse as climate deteriorates.
The latest climate report from the U.N. says we have only 12 years to transform our economy to preserve the stable climate human civilization has depended on for millennia. We need a massive mobilization of every sector of society on par with what science and justice demand.
A Green New Deal will keep Americans safe from climate change and create millions of green jobs. It is common sense policy that is overwhelmingly popular with American people, regardless of political party or where they live.
Any presidential candidate who wants to be taken seriously on climate and earn the support of young people needs to support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey’s resolution.
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