Companies Fume Over Unnoticed ObamaCare Fee
New fund will cost employers $63 per worker they insure
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 6:00 AM CDT
Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about the federal health care overhaul during a news conference at City Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Firms are lashing out against a fee they will face next year under the new health law: Most big employers will owe $63 for every person they insure, with the money going into a $25 billion fund, reports the Wall Street Journal. That fund, built up over three years, will help insurers—who helped institute the fee—offset costs associated with the most expensive patients. The $63 fee has "caught most employers, if not all employers, by surprise," says an employer advocate.

Some firms are taking a stand against the plan, and a few are seeking exemptions. Opponents argue they shouldn't have to pay into a fund backing plans bought individually that don't necessarily cover their own workers. Boeing, for example, says the fees could cost it $25 million in 2014, and the company asked health secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reduce the cost because Boeing workers' insurance operates outside the fund. The health department turned down the request. Click through for the full story.

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Mar 18, 2013 4:05 PM CDT
Love the dummies that say "they can afford it". If Boeing did pay no taxes its because the tax code allowed it and these dummies forget that 10 or thousands of people that Boeing pay salaries to do pay taxes, buy houses and send the kids to expensive schools so without Boeings idiot that wouldn't happen. The leftist is a parasite that eventually kills off the host. Obamacare is a nightmare a poorly conceived law voted on by idiots that probably can't balance their own checkbooks.
Mar 18, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
Boeing paid $0 in taxes last year. They can afford it.
Mar 16, 2013 12:55 AM CDT