Douglas Holtz-Eakin

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Insurers pass tax along to the states

FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. There’s more than a touch of absurdity in the way an industry fee in President Barack Obama’s health care law is being passed along to state taxpayers.“They had a naive notion we were going to get something from insurers” who were gaining many new customers from the health law, says Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a center-right public policy institute. “It defied any notion of good tax policy.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)There’s more than a touch of absurdity in the way an industry fee in President Barack Obama’s health care law is being passed along to state taxpayers.

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