Is universal Medicare America's answer to single-payer health care?

March 10, 2015 By David A. Mann
Louisville Business First

If you get a bunch of people in a room to talk about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, that discussion is going to go a lot of places.

 Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce, held a roundtable discussion Tuesday on the health insurance premium tax, which was ushered in as a part of the health care reform law.

The discussion was led by Vickie Yates Brown, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC and chairwoman of GLI's health care task force. She explained that the tax is paid by insurance companies. The Congressional Budget Office has said that insurers are likely to pass the tax onto the companies and consumers buying their policies, which could raise premiums by 1.9 percent to 3.7 percent by 2023.

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