An excellent roundup of what you need to know about the next steps for the Affordable Care Act, by Mary Agnes Carey and Jenny Gold at Kaiser Health News, in case you missed it.
“Will I have to pay more for my health care because of the law?
“No one knows for sure. Even supporters of the law acknowledge its steps to control health costs, such as incentives to coordinate care better, may take a while to show significant savings. Opponents say the law’s additional coverage requirements will make health insurance more expensive for individuals and for the government.That said, there are some new taxes and fees. For example, starting in 2013, individuals with earnings above $200,000 and married couples making more than $250,000 will pay a Medicare payroll tax of 2.35 percent, up from the current 1.45 percent, on income over those thresholds. In addition, higher-income people will face a 3.8 percent tax on unearned income, such as dividends and interest.” Nov. 8, 2012, Mary Agnes Carey and Jenny Gold, After The Election: A Consumers Guide To The Health Law – Kaiser Health News.