Obamacare Taxes in 2014: Watch Out for These New Fees

The Affordable Care Act contains some new taxes and fees that consumers could end up paying. Find out about them here.

Jan 3, 2014 at 6:24PM

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 Healthcare.gov 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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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

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This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

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KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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