Florida Senate - 2013 SM 1600 By Senator Bean 4-00251-13 20131600__ 1 Senate Memorial 2 A memorial to the Congress of the United States, 3 urging Congress to repeal the health insurance tax 4 contained in sections 9010 and 10905 of the Patient 5 Protection and Affordable Care Act and section 1406 of 6 the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. 7 8 WHEREAS, sections 9010 and 10905 of the Patient Protection 9 and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. No. 111-148) and section 1406 10 of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (Pub. L. No. 11 111-152) impose an unprecedented new tax on health insurance 12 which numerous policy experts agree will be passed on to 13 individuals, working families, small employers, and seniors, 14 contradicting a primary goal of health reform by making health 15 care more expensive, and 16 WHEREAS, the health insurance tax could cause health care 17 premiums for working families in Florida to rise by as much as 18 $4,881 to $7,767 on average over a ten-year period, and 19 WHEREAS, the health insurance tax will impact small 20 employers nationwide over the next decade, reducing future 21 private-sector jobs by 125,000, with 59 percent of those jobs 22 being eliminated from small businesses, and reducing potential 23 sales by at least $18 billion, with 50 percent of that loss 24 being borne by small businesses, and 25 WHEREAS, Florida is estimated to be in the top five states 26 with the highest average aggregate impact on Medicare Advantage 27 beneficiaries between 2014 and 2023, with the ten-year impact 28 per person estimated at $4,181, and 29 WHEREAS, according to the recommended budget released by 30 Governor Rick Scott, the cost of the health insurance tax on 31 Medicaid is estimated at $31.6 million, $13.1 million of which 32 will come from state funds due to an annual tax that will be 33 placed on health insurance providers under the new law, based on 34 preliminary estimates for the 2013-2014 year for Medicaid 35 premiums, and 36 WHEREAS, higher premiums are a disincentive for everyone to 37 obtain insurance coverage, particularly younger, healthier 38 people, who are likely to drop their policies due to increased 39 expense, further eroding the risk pool and making coverage even 40 less affordable, NOW, THEREFORE, 41 42 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 43 44 That the Congress of the United States is urged to enact 45 legislation to repeal the health insurance tax contained in 46 sections 9010 and 10905 of the Patient Protection and Affordable 47 Care Act and section 1406 of the Health Care and Education 48 Reconciliation Act to make health care more affordable for 49 working families, individuals, and businesses. 50 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be 51 dispatched to the President of the United States, to the 52 President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the 53 United States House of Representatives, and to each member of 54 the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.