The federal taxes and fees will cost the company $11-$15 per month for each of the 85 employees and family members enrolled in the company’s health care plan. A family of four, for example, would pay up to $720 a year.
“It amounts to a week’s worth of work for lower-wage employees, and this has nothing to do with a change in benefits,” said Don Kirkland, president of ArborOakland Group. “It’s only the taxes and fees imposed by the government on the insurers that are being passed through.”
“It’s not something that’s being talked about, at least very loudly, and it’s something we’re concerned about for our team members here,” Kirkland said. “Very little communication is going to those who ... have insurance through their employer. Therefore this tax is quietly being imposed on the working people.”
A $63 per enrollee fee will finance payments to insurers that cover high-risk individuals on the health care exchange. The price is expected to quickly add up for some employers. Delta Air Lines, Detroit Metro Airport’s largest carrier, estimates the fee will cost $10 million nationwide.
This is stellar. An entire week's worth of wages to be paid in new taxes by teh poorz.