By Elise Viebeck - 03/19/13 04:10 PM EDT
Sens. John BarrassoJohn BarrassoGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Tribes open new front in fight over pipelines Pipeline delay stirs anger, but not yet action, on Capitol Hill MORE (R-Wyo.) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchInternet companies dominate tech lobbying Senate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners Overnight Tech: GOP says internet fight isn't over | EU chief defends Apple tax ruling | Feds roll out self-driving car guidelines | Netflix's China worries MORE (R-Utah) are winning praise for a bill to kill the Affordable Care Act's tax on health insurance.
The lawmakers reintroduced the measure Tuesday, arguing that the healthcare law is weighing heavily on the economy.
The bill's introduction comes alongside a new industry report saying the coverage tax will cost 146,000 to 262,000 jobs by 2022, with the majority of losses hitting small businesses.
The National Federation of Independent Business, which produced that report, praised the bill along with the health insurance lobby.
"Taxing health insurance makes it more expensive, and that is the opposite of what health care reform was supposed to accomplish," said America's Health Insurance Plans President Karen Ignani in a statement.
"Families and small businesses simply cannot afford to pay an additional $100 billion sales tax on their health insurance at a time when they are already struggling to keep up with rising medical costs."
Supporters of the tax say it's necessary to ensure the healthcare law does not increase the deficit, and that insurers can manage given their profit margins.
Barrasso and Hatch previously introduced the bill in November 2011.
Reps. Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyLouisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator The Trail 2016: TrumpCare Rep's wife dismisses prostitution allegations against husband MORE (R-La.) and Jim MathesonJim MathesonLobbying world House Dem donated K to freshman GOP lawmaker An election of choices MORE (D-Utah) introduced similar House legislation last month.