Colorado Health Insurance Exchange User Fees

The Washington Post is reporting that the Feds are proposing a 3.5 percent fee on insurers who want to participate in new health care markets (this would include the Colorado health insurance exchange).

The fee is to cover administrative costs of the new markets, which were designed to be self-supporting.

Like most administrative and/or regulatory costs imposed upon businesses, who do you think will actually end up paying for this fee? You guessed it…you and I as consumers (in the form of higher premiums).

What do you think about this? Are we heading in the right direction?