HARRISBURG - House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed tax increase on health insurance premiums:
“The governor’s budget proposal this year includes more than $1 billion in new and higher taxes on the citizens of Pennsylvania. He even includes an expansion of the 2 percent tax on Pennsylvania citizens’ health insurance premiums, leading to higher costs for health insurance.
“While the governor estimates his health insurance tax would raise $141 million, estimates from the industry indicate it could end up costing families much more.
“Gov. Wolf’s health insurance tax is broad based and will mean higher premiums for families purchasing insurance in the individual market, for small businesses providing coverage to their employees, and even for seniors purchasing Medicare supplementary or ‘gap’ coverage.
“The governor worked overtime the past several weeks to defend the status quo when it comes to health care and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. This is despite the fact that premiums for Pennsylvanians increased by 32 percent on average for individual plans and more than 7 percent on average for small group plans in 2017 alone.
“Let me make it clear: Many of us oppose Gov. Wolf’s health insurance tax. Instead of new taxes on working and retired Pennsylvanians, we should focus on lowering costs and expanding choices in our health insurance market.”
Representative Mike Turzai
Speaker of the House
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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