NRF throws support behind American Health Care Act
March 17, 2017,
The National Retail Federation expressed its support for the American Health Care Act, a bill that would repeal key pieces of the Affordable Care Act that went into law in 2010.
“The AHCA is a bill that can — and we believe will — be signed into law this year,” Neil Trautwein, NRF’s vice president of health care policy, noted on the federation’s website. “Retailers want real — but achievable — reform now, not the indefinite prospect of ideological gains sometime in the future. In other words, we should not let perfect be the enemy of good.”
Calling the AHCA a “very good deal for retailers overall,” Trautwein said the NRF will include it among key votes on its voting scorecard, and that the legislation contains many “long-sought victories for retailers” including:
- The effective repeal of the employer mandate by reducing the penalties for non-compliance to zero.
- Health insurance premium savings by repealing the ACA’s health insurance tax, medical device tax and pharmaceutical tax permanently and repealing the so-called Cadillac Tax on high-value health plans until 2025.
- Additional health savings account and flexible savings arrangement flexibility.
- A substantial move toward reforming Medicaid. <
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