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Obamacare Taxes in 2014: Watch Out for These New Fees

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, includes a number of new taxes and fees for individuals and businesses throughout the country. As 2014 begins, you should be aware of some of the newer Obamacare tax provisions that have just taken effect.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, looks at some of these new taxes and fees that various parties will pay. Dan notes that a 2% tax on every health plan will help the government pay for Obamacare, while a $2 fee for each policy will go to a fund for medical research. In addition, WellPoint (NYSE: ANTM  ) , UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH  ) , Cigna (NYSE: CI  ) , and other health insurers that take advantage of the website have to pay a 3.5% user fee. Dan notes that investors might initially fear that those three insurers, along with Aetna (NYSE: AET  ) , Humana (NYSE: HUM  ) , and other players in the industry, will bear the brunt of these taxes and fees. But some companies have already started passing those costs on to policyholders, potentially putting you on the hook to pay them.

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Dan Caplinger

Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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