The ERISA Industry Committee Supports Repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Excise Tax

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC – The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted a letter in support of the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017,” legislation that would eliminate the devastating 40 percent excise tax on health benefits imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

ERIC, the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies at the federal, state, and local levels, is committed to repealing the tax and removing the devastating financial and administrative burden it would place on employers and their employees.

“ERIC fully supports the ‘Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017’ and hopes that Congress will move quickly to pass it and remove this heavy burden hanging over the heads of employers,” said James Gelfand, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, ERIC. “Employers work hard to design benefits that keeps costs under control. Taxing those benefits would only lead to fewer employers offering health benefits and worse options for employees. Changes to the health care system should seek to build on the success of the employer-sponsored system, not punish the part of the system that truly works.”

You can read ERIC’s letter here.


All media inquiries to The ERISA Industry Committee should be directed to:

Kelly Broadway, 202.627.1918,

About the ERISA Industry Committee
ERIC is a national advocacy organization that exclusively represents large employers that provide health, retirement, paid leave, and other benefits to their nationwide workforces. With member companies that are leaders in every sector of the economy, ERIC advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for policies that promote flexibility and uniformity in the administration of their employee benefit plans.