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Washington Examiner: Tax on health insurance just another Obamacare surprise

Published: December 7, 2012

It was always understood that the federal government would have to create and operate exchanges in states that did not, but no one bothered to include a method for funding federal exchanges. Chalk it up to the hasty, “at-all-costs” legislative methods used to pass Obamacare in the spring of 2010. Democrats, having lost their Senate supermajority at that point, were forced to back a hastily drafted, porked-up Senate version of the bill through the House of Representatives without making changes they thought they'd eventually be able to make.

Whatever legal issues are involved in Obama's new health insurance tax, this provides yet one more example of how Obamacare's true costs will become known only over time. When the law was written and it said “no federal funds” after Jan. 1, 2015, that meant the exchanges would not impose any recurring costs on the federal government — or so the Congressional Budget Office thought.

So thanks for the heads up, former Speaker Pelosi. An anxious nation at least is braced for more bad news about Obamacare.

— The Washington Examiner


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