'Backdoor tax' likely to increase rates

Megan Seda met friends in Washington, D.C., over the weekend to protest the health care reform bill.

As the owner of an individual insurance policy, Seda is concerned about the immediate effect it will have on her premiums.

"For ordinary people like me -- I haven't been to the doctor for being sick in probably a decade. My insurance is not that expensive," she said.

By forcing insurance companies to insure people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, the bill will likely drive her rates up, or even force the insurers out of business, Seda said.

"It's essentially a backdoor tax," she said.

Seda, the president of Columbia County Young Republicans and a planner for Augusta's Tax Day Tea Party April 15, said she's less involved with a "Repeal the Bill" petition now because it's not likely to succeed anytime soon. Republicans will need a two-thirds majority in the House to override a presidential veto of any repeal, she said.

"The main thing is that there are going to be some immediate mandates that are going to be very unprofitable for insurance companies."

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