Statement on Health Provisions in Tax Legislation

Partners for Better Care, a partnership of patient advocacy organizations and a diverse group of healthcare stakeholders, including industry and payers, has concerns about provisions in the House and Senate tax bills that would reduce access to quality health care and would make health care less affordable for millions of Americans.

In the House tax bill, Partners opposes a provision that would eliminate the deduction for health care costs over 10% of a patient or family’s income. This deduction is critical for many patients and their families who have significant medical needs and expenses.

In the Senate tax bill, we are concerned that stand-alone repeal of the individual mandate would, according to the Congressional Budget Office, increase the number of uninsured Americans by 13 million over 10 years, and increase premiums on average by 10 percent.

In addition, we are deeply concerned that both the House and the Senate tax bills would trigger an immediate cut of $25 billion to Medicare.

Partners and its members believe that every American should have access to affordable, high-quality, patient-centered coverage. We urge Congress to ensure that changes to the health system work for all Americans, especially those living with debilitating conditions.

For more information about Partners or our healthcare principles, please visit PartnersforBetterCare.org or contact Mary Richards, Executive Director, at MRichards@PartnersforBetterCare.org.