GOP senators introduce bill to repeal Obama health law's insurance tax

Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoHouse passes bill to crack down on toxic 'forever chemicals' GOP senator: US should 'reevaluate' long-term relationship with Saudis Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Wyo.) and Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators 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.

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"Higher insurance costs, fewer jobs and smaller paychecks is not what President Obama promised when he signed the largest expansion of government into law nearly three years ago, but that’s exactly what’s already happening," Hatch said in a statement.

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 William BoustanyMarch tariff increase would cost 934K jobs, advocacy group says Bottom Line On The Money: US adds 155k jobs in November | Unemployment holds at 3.7 percent | Wage growth strengthening | Trump signs stopgap spending bill delaying shutdown MORE (R-La.) and Jim MathesonJames (Jim) David MathesonTrump EPA eases standards for coal ash disposal Utah redistricting reform measure likely to qualify for ballot Trump's budget targets affordable, reliable power MORE (D-Utah) introduced similar House legislation last month.