In a rare moment of bipartisan collaboration, Republicans andDemocrats agreed last year to suspend the implementation of thecontroversial Cadillac tax on the most expensivehealth insurance plans for two years.

Intended to go into effect in 2018, the tax will not beimplemented until 2020, assuming Congress does not suspend it againor move to permanently kill it.

The 40% excise tax on health plans worth more than $10,200 forsingle coverage or $27,500 for family coverage was touted by manyeconomists as a way to encourage companies to cut back on healthexpenses and thereby slow down the inflation of national healthcosts. Policymakers have long argued that exempting employee healthbenefits from payroll taxes encourages businesses to shift much oftheir compensation from wages to benefits, which has driven uphealth costs.

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