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Ohio Attorney General Sues Over Health Care Law Tax

Jan 26, 2015
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the federal government over what DeWine calls an unconstitutional health care tax levied on state and local governments.
 
The lawsuit filed Monday argues there's no precedent allowing the collection of $6.25 million last year from government entities and nothing in the federal health care law that allows such a tax.
 
At issue is a provision in the law permitting tax assessments against health insurance companies and certain employers who offer self-insured group health plans to help keep premiums affordable.
 

 U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell promotes the Affordable Care Act at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.
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The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary is touring the country to raise awareness about the health insurance marketplace and promote open enrollment, which starts Saturday, November 15 and runs through February 15, 2014. In a visit to Columbus Thursday, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said she has faith in the website’s reliability.

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Small businesses around Ohio are struggling to sort out the details of the Affordable Care Act, and it’s unclear whether recent delays in the law help or hurt the confusion.

The big Obamacare question for small employers is this: “Am I required to provide health insurance to my employees, or not?”