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HEALTH INSURANCE TAX
In a twist, Republican senators fight to keep tax increase as part of new health care law
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Sunday, October 27, 2013 4:33 AM EDT
Republicans in Congress don't usually fight for tax increases, especially one that's part of President Barack Obama's health care law.
So employers, insurers and other health plan sponsors will pay the government a $63 fee next year for everyone — spouses and dependents as well as workers — who has private insurance coverage.
In most cases, the fee probably will be passed down to policyholders.
The temporary fee will fund a $25 billion pool. Insurers can tap it as a cushion to help pay bills to doctors and other providers for treating patients with existing medical conditions. The health law requires that these people be insured.