LIUNA health trust funds have provided medical, hospital, prescription drug, and other valuable benefits to hundreds of thousands of LIUNA members, their families, and retirees for generations. By trading wages for collectively bargained employer contributions to the health funds, Laborers have always paid for their own coverage and are well aware of the costs of healthcare.
LIUNA strongly opposes any effort to tax Laborers on their healthcare coverage, including any effort to repeal or cap the longstanding tax exclusion for “employer sponsored insurance” (“ESI”).
LIUNA also strongly supports full repeal of the so-called “Cadillac tax” that the ACA created. In reality, that is a 40 percent tax on Laborers’ health plan coverage. Eventually every Laborers’ health fund would be subject to the tax as healthcare cost inflation drives health plan costs above the tax thresholds in the law. Delay in the effective date of the tax to 2026, or any other year, is not enough to protect Laborers and their families.