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Delta Air Lines Tells Feds: Health Law Makes Costs ‘Rise Dramatically’

The airline is saying its increased health-care costs will be tens of millions of dollars.  

The Hill: Report: Delta Expecting Millions In News ObamaCare Costs
Delta Air Lines is expecting its healthcare costs to rise dramatically because of President Obama's healthcare law, the conservative website RedState.com said Thursday. RedState said it had obtained a copy of a letter Delta sent to the Obama administration in June outlining additional costs the company will face because of the Affordable Care Act (Baker, 8/22).

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Delta: Healthcare Law To Cost Us Millions
In a letter sent in June to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Delta detailed $38 million in extra costs. It said its total health care costs will rise nearly $100 million next year if inflation is included. ... Delta had $35 billion in revenue last year, with profit of $1 billion (Markiewicz, 8/22).

Earlier, related KHN coverage: UPS Won’t Insure Spouses Of Some Employees (Hancock, 8/21).

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