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Additional $25 Billion Obamacare Fee Has The Targets Wondering What’s Next

Now that reality of Obamacare is hitting home with its massive collection of taxes, fees, and penalties to fund the government’s takeover so everything can be “free,” the latest $25 billion Obamacare fee to come to light is sparking concern. Uh, yeah.

The $25 billion fee is part of a bigger package of taxes and fees to finance Obama’s expansion of coverage to the uninsured. It all comes to about $700 billion over 10 years, and includes higher Medicare taxes effective this Jan. 1 on individuals making more than $200,000 per year or couples making more than $250,000. People above those threshold amounts also face an additional 3.8 percent tax on their investment income.

But the insurance fee had been overlooked as employers focused on other costs in the law, including fines for medium and large firms that don’t provide coverage.

“This kind of came out of the blue and was a surprisingly large amount,” said Gretchen Young, senior vice president for health policy at the ERISA Industry Committee, a group that represents large employers on benefits issues.

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