Hope and Change Costing Georgia

From the Friday news dump comes this little gem:

Residents of states that refuse to set up health insurance exchanges under Obamacare are set to be hit with higher premiums under new rules announced by the Health and Human Services Department.

Insurance companies will be charged 3.5 percent of any premiums they sell through the federal exchanges, the department announced Friday.

And insurers are likely to pass that surcharge on to clients, leading to higher premiums.

The WaPo attempts to spin the wording soften the blow a bit, by calling the exchange surcharge a “user fee.” But wait, isn’t that Newspeak for tax?


  1. m_a_cole says:

    Doesn’t this miss the very important point that our state has decided not to set up its own exchange. By abdicating authority and latitude granted to the state (and by extension its citizens), the GOP controlled GA. Legislature and Executive have decided it is far better for the, as you say, tax to be levied on residents than to “compromise” their ideological stance. Way to do the “peoples work.”

  2. John Konop says:

    If done right a health exchange can save up to 20 percent if set up with a self insured model. The real question is why would the state not want save us 20 percent on healthcare for individuals and small businesses not large enough to self insure?

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