Letter to Senators

Part of our mission is to advocate.

We have written a letter to our Senators regarding the Healthcare Tax.

The Honorable Deb Fischer
United States Senate
383 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Ben Sasse
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Vernon Joesph
Omaha Young Republicans
4970 S 86th Pkwy
Omaha, NE 68127

RE: Repeal of the Health Insurance Tax

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dear Senator Fischer and Senator-elect Sasse,

I write to you today as both a concerned constituent and as President of the Omaha Young Republicans. There is growing concern about the health insurance tax as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. This tax is resulting in increased coverage rates for many young Nebraskans.

I am also a multiple wage earner with disappointment in the employer mandate. My FULL TIME job offers me health insurance, there is no need for my PART TIME employer should be required to offer me insurance. 7 out of 10 of my co-workers have insurance through their primary employer or spouse. An additional 1 out of 10 are minors covered under their parents. This is driving up the cost of doing business in Nebraska & across the country.

Actuarial consulting firm Oliver Wyman estimates over a 10-year period the tax will add $6,800 to the cost of family health insurance coverage. And the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation estimates an additional $350-400 increase to family premiums in 2016. Young Nebraskans who are beginning their careers, paying down student loans, purchasing their first home, and starting a family cannot afford additional increases to already skyrocketing health insurance costs.

Furthermore, the National Federation of Independent Business estimates the tax will result in job losses totaling 146,000 – 262,000 jobs by 2022. Additional job loss on top of an already dismal employment market could be devastating to America’s young people.

Please work to repeal the health insurance tax to ease the burden on Nebraska’s young people.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Vernon Joseph