Here come those long-promised rate reductions under ObamaCare:
All those new consumer benefits packed into the health reform law — birth control without a co-pay, free preventive care and limits on when insurers can turn down a customer — had to be paid for somehow.
So the law’s drafters included a new tax on health insurers, starting at $8 billion in 2014 and increasing to $14 billion within four years, to help meet the new expenses. And insurers in 2014 will also have to pay a “reinsurance contribution” to cushion health plans that end up with a lot of sick customers under new rules requiring them to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
Some health insurance companies are getting a jump-start, passing on those 2014 fees to consumers in policies that start in 2013.
You can hear the pleas from Democrats all across the country: “What do you mean I have to pay for my free stuff?”