Letter To The Editor: I’m Concerned About The Health Insurance Tax, Or “HIT”

Thank U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally


There are few things more important than access to affordable health care. I think about that often as a Tucson senior on a fixed income.

That’s why I’m concerned about the health insurance tax, or “HIT.” Unless Congress takes action, this tax may add hundreds of dollars in expenses for the 500,000 Arizonans who, like me, are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

My concerns with rising health care costs as a result of the HIT are backed up by a federal study recently reported in the Wall Street Journal. It’s clearly more urgent now than ever for Congress to delay the tax.

Nearly half of all Medicare Advantage members live on less than $24,000 per year, so any cost increase could be devastating. I thank U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally for co-sponsoring the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act. This would suspend the tax for two years, but it’s important Congress vote before the end of 2019.

Elected officials talk about supporting seniors. Voting yes on the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act is one way they can prove it.

Jon Stetson

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  1. Just received my HIT notice – a $100 a month increase, per individual for the Advantage plan = $200 for the couple we are. This is, thanks to the Obama Accountable Plan, a stab in the back. If this tax goes thru, my hubby and me will have to be paying an additional $2400 a year for coverage on the United Health Care plan we signed up for last year. Stick it to ’em, as Pelosi and Obummer said when they admitted they didn’t know what was in the plan years ago. They are so busy impeaching Trump, these politicians have no idea what bomb is about to blow up on them.
    May they rot in hell!

  2. its your money – they took it (confiscated it!) and now a tax on this tax after the system funds were placed into the general fund (Clinton) and spent!!!

  3. Well Jon I share your concern in this tax, being a senior myself. But at this time Congress is too busy attempting to impeach a legitimate elected President. They simply can’t be bothered with the Hit job that will devastate thousands of American citizens. Then of course they’ll be out for Christmas vacation, won’t be back till Jan 2020, so chances are slim to none they will deal with the HIT job. Sorry.

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