Wilcox looks ahead to next week’s House floor debate on the long-term care insurance program and payroll tax

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox released the following statement in advance of next week's House floor debate on two bills brought forward by Democrats to change their controversial and troubled long-term care insurance program and payroll tax.

“Even with the changes contained in House Bills 1732 and 1733, the long-term care insurance program and payroll tax will continue to be unpopular, insolvent, and inadequate.

“In a statement last month, Governor Inslee said the Legislature would 'have an opportunity to fix their bill' this session. What struck me, aside from the governor's attempt to distance himself from a program he once lauded, is that he didn't give any weight to what Washingtonians want. In 2019, nearly 63 percent of voters expressed their desire to repeal the program, and more than 450,000 workers have opted out. It's clear that a vast majority of Washingtonians simply don't want this, and the majority party is doubling down.

“House Republicans are united in our support of a full repeal of the program and payroll tax. We have also introduced a bill that would make long-term care insurance affordable for those who want it, and optional for those who don't. House Bill 1913 is a real solution that rejects mandates and instead gives people the freedom to choose what's best for them and their loved ones when it comes to long-term care coverage.

“I look forward to the debate on House Bills 1732 and 1733. House Republicans will continue standing against policies that make daily life more expensive, while advocating for tax relief and common-sense measures that alleviate financial burdens for Washingtonians.”

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