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A new study from Oliver Wyman, paid for by UnitedHealth Group, looks at how much the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax will cost enrollees in 2018 and beyond. Insurers have long lobbied for the tax to be repealed, resulting in a one-year delay passed by Congress at the end of 2015.

How the estimated 2.6 percent premium increase in 2018 translates into dollars, per market:

  • $158 per person in the individual market
  • $185 per individual and $500 per family in the small employer market
  • $188 per individual and $540 per family in the large employer market
  • $245 per Medicare Advantage enrollee
  • $181 per Medicaid managed care enrollee

What we're watching: Premium increases are politically sensitive. When insurers say this tax just gets passed onto enrollees in the form of higher premiums, it gives them political leverage — potentially enough for another delay (or if insurers are very lucky, a repeal) of the tax attached to something Congress passes later this year.

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The separate and unequal paths in business

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

When a bank turned down George Johnson for a business loan, he got creative. He returned and told the bank he needed $250 to take his wife on a vacation — and was approved. Then he invested the cash in his business, which became the first Black enterprise to trade on the American Stock Exchange.

Why it matters: The highways to success in the U.S. market economy — in entrepreneurship, corporate leadership and wealth creation — are often punctuated with roadblocks and winding detours for people of color.

GOP state legislatures move to assert control over election systems

Contractors in Phoenix in May 2021 recounting ballots as part of a 2020 general election audit requested by the Arizona State Senate. Photo: Courtney Pedroza for the Washington Post

Republican-held state legislatures have passed bills that give lawmakers more power over the vote by stripping secretaries of state of their power, asserting control over election boards and creating easier methods to overturn election results, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: The bills, triggered by baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, threaten to politicize traditionally non-partisan election functions by giving Republicans more control over election systems.

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