Sunshine State News: Marco Rubio, Carlos Curbelo Push Obamacare Tax Reform for Puerto Rico, Territories

By Kevin Derby

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Washington, D.C., March 1, 2017 | comments
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., continued his focus on Puerto Rico this week, teaming up with U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, D-NY, to unveil a proposal giving that island and other American territories relief from a health-care tax.

The three legislators showcased the “Territory Health Insurance Tax Relief Act of 2017” on Tuesday. Under former President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law, health insurance providers were hit with annual fees, including ones in the territories where residents don’t have access to the marketplaces set up under that law.

The three legislators made the case that territory residents should not be forced to pay for something they do no have access to.

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“Most of the Affordable Care Act doesn’t impact the territories, but the Health Insurance Tax is one of a small number of provisions that does, and it’s hurting families in our U.S. territories who are trying to get ahead,” Curbelo said. “These residents are subject to the burdens of the Affordable Care Act, but they do not have access to the benefits. We must provide relief to those who are incorrectly exposed to this burdensome tax.”

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