The Hubbard County Board is urging the U.S. Senate to repeal the “Cadillac Tax” on employer-provided health care plans.

At their Nov. 19 meeting, county commissioners agreed to send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, at the request of the National Association.

The letter asks for “immediate action to protect the health care of the more than 178 million Americans who receive health care coverage through an employer.”

“We are asking you to swiftly, and fully, repeal the impending 40 percent tax on employer-provided health care before this onerous tax increase hits the pocketbooks of hard-working Americans,” the letter continues. “In July, the House passed a bill fully repealing this tax by an overwhelming vote of 419 to 6 and that bill is currently awaiting action in the Senate. … To avoid the huge ‘Cadillac Tax’ hikes coming in 2022, many employers are altering their benefit packages now. … While this tax was intended to only hit Americans with ‘gold-plated’ plans, the reality is that very modest plans covering low- and moderate-income working families are projected to trigger the tax simply because they incur greater health expenses. The tax will disproportionately affect the health plans of women, seniors, rural communities, the sick and the disabled. Small businesses that already struggle to offer health care coverage will also be heavily penalized. This tax has real and harmful consequences – Americans cannot afford to pay more for their health care.”

The letter goes on to say that the 40 percent tax is “widely opposed by both Republicans and Democrats.”

County commissioner Char Christenson commented, “The less tax, the better.”

The motion to send the letter was approved unanimously.

In other business, the county board did as follows:

  • Approved the low quote of $4,325 from Hansen Electric of Park Rapids to replace lights at the county highway department’s shop in Nevis.

  • Authorized DDA to write job descriptions for 12 county positions, at a total cost of $600.

The next Hubbard County Board meeting is 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.