Heller amendment repealing 'Cadillac tax' for health care passes Senate

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, speaks with News 4-Fox 11 following a town hall in Reno on Monday, April 17, 2017. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller's amendment to the Republican health care bill repealing the "Cadillac tax" passed the Senate Thursday night.

Heller introduced the amendment to repeal what would be a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health insurance plans.

The so-called Cadillac tax, originally passed as part of the Affordable Care Act, is due to take effect in 2020. The Nevada Republican's amendment passed the Senate on a 52-48 vote.

"Iā€™m proud to see the Senate come together and pass my amendment to permanently repeal the Cadillac Tax with bipartisan support,ā€ he said in a statement.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Heller said the tax is opposed by chambers of commerce and unions alike.

"This onerous tax targets Americans who already have high quality health care, and Nevadans have reached out to tell me how this tax will affect them," he said.

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