AFL-CIO renews push against taxing health benefits

"There's nothing about this that's actually going to put direct pressure on providers," she said.

Healthcare reform taxes some high-value health plans beginning in 2018, a policy designed to discourage potential overuse of healthcare. And the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles deficit plan proposed capping the tax exclusion for employer-based plans and phasing it out during a 20-year period.

Gould said the Simpson-Bowles proposal would eventually hit middle-class workers, not just those with so-called "Cadillac" plans. Costs would rise significantly for families with "middle-of-the-road" plans, she argued in a policy paper released Friday.