From community businesses to local workers and their families, everyone in Connecticut felt the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. As we look ahead to what life may look like, it is commendable that Gov. Ned Lamont and the Connecticut General Assembly are looking to expand access to affordable health care for our most vulnerable. But their proposed tax on health insurance coverage for those who purchase health care through the fully insured marketplace is the wrong approach.
Those advocating for this proposal in Connecticut are promising that this tax will only be paid by insurance companies. Unfortunately, this claim has been debunked, and we can turn to this exact policy being struck down in Congress to understand why.