Partly blaming the health law, United Parcel Service is set to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere. Many analysts downplay the Affordable Care Act´s effect on companies such as UPS, noting that the move is part of a long-term trend of shrinking corporate medical benefits. But the shipping giant repeatedly cites the act to explain the decision, adding fuel to the debate over whether it erodes traditional employer coverage. Rising medical costs, "combined with the costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, have made it increasingly difficult to continue providing the same level
"They are simply saying to the spouse outright, ´If you have coverage somewhere else you are not eligible here,´" said Edward Fensholt, a senior vice president at Lockton Cos., a large insurance broker. "We don´t see a lot of that out there, but more than we used to."
My last employer before I retired made a similar decision quite some time ago - well before Obama - no coverage for spouses who were covered through their own employer.
Many had double coverage, through "our" company and through their spouse´s employer - and the result was that quite a few dropped "our" insurance and enrolled in spouse´s plan.
10 years ago my then employer took my husband off my insurance. The routine (pretty common as far as I know) was to cross insure so that when the primary ins maxed for any given procedure, the secondary ins would cover the balance.
I was told it had gotten too expensive to cover my husband. Costs had risen to $600 per year!!! Oh, for the good old days...
My husband has owned a small business for fifty years. From the beginning, employees were covered at company expense, but if spouses and/or children were to be covered, the employee was supposed to pay for it. Even 35-40 years ago, the resulting cost was so burdensome to young employees with families, that the company underwrote a portion of that dependent cost. Now, it´s all so terribly expensive that I don´t know how any small business can remain operational while trying to offer such benefits.
So now instead of one subscriber with a policy that covers the entire family, a lot of people will need a family policy for the father and children (or mother and children) plus an individual policy for the spouse not on the family policy.
I don´t think ANYONE who´s IQ is more than one above a rock, believes Obamacare has merit, Yet, the republicans seem willing to tweak it and keep it . . ., why would anyone be surprised at the murmurings for forming a meaningful 3rd. Party?
Since everyone is eligible for healthcare through the 0bamination Care exchanges, there will be no reason for any employer to cover a worker´s spouse. This is the end of family coverage. Thanks, dimwits.
If the Republicans had any sense, they would throw this "war on women" non-sense back on the Dems and Nancy Pelosi. In their rush to get the Obamacare bill passed, they put in the provision that 26 year old adults had to be treated as kids and covered on the parents´ insurance, but they forgot to say that the spouse had to be covered. So plans drop the spouse and add the adult moochers (yes, I know that there are some disabled adult children, but the law is not limited to these special circumstances). There was no concern for a stay-at-home mother who is devoting here life to her family.
Another obfuscation of the facts. There is no such thing as "traditional employer coverage". It was added by businesses in the middle of the last century to get around the GOVERNMENT imposed pay freezes.
Get the government AND employers out of the health insurance racket.
The company I retired from several years back had you attest the fact that your spouse could not get health care where they worked. They also started investigating employees who were adding their spouse, parents,stepchildren,etc to their insurance. The penalty after an amnesty period was permanent loss of coverage. They also added a high yearly deductible ($2500). I have been living with this for so long that I have adjusted my lifestyle accordingly.
In my company insurance plan and my wife´s plan, it became obvious that each employer wanted nothing to do with dependents. In her case, the premium for adding me went up ridiculously high. In my case, the out of pocket maximum and deductible doubled for adding one child dependent.
With all the freedoms being taken away in the name of "universal healthcare", I´d just as soon eliminate all of it, and go to a pay as you go system with a catastrophic plan available from numerous insurers, legally allowed to operate in all 50 States to increase competition.
Get the Federal Government out of all business functions.
I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.
Let me add a word to my comments from Tuesday night supporting the budget deal. I continue to believe that, as a matter of policy, the defense increase—which at least begins to undo the very considerable damage from a wildly and disproportionately anti-defense sequester—swamps in importance everything else in the deal. Everything else is basically a wash. The defense increase is a real plus. I continue to believe that, as a matter of politics, the deal is very good for Republicans. If passed, it takes another government shutdown off the table, and allows Republicans to focus on fighting President Obama rather
It was a short sound bite but it was replayed endlessly yesterday, angering some conservatives and leaving liberals chortling. When House Speaker John Boehner was asked during a press conference with other Republican leaders about criticisms from conservative activist groups of the budget deal struck by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, he exploded: REPORTER: Mr. Speaking, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal. Are you – BOEHNER: You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? REPORTER: Are you worried – BOEHNER: They are using our members and they are using the American people
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I took off." The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25. Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found. Jordan Graham´s statement was in a recoding made by an FBI
Planned Parenthood’s 2012-2013 annual report is out, and a pro-life group has already found that the pro-abortion group received nearly $1.5 million a day in government funding over the year. “We are the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, with more than 700 health centers across the country that will see nearly three million patients this year,” reads the report’s introductory message from Planned Parenthood chair, Alexis McGIll Johnson and president Cecile Richards. The report looks at Planned Parenthood’s impact, health services and financial situation.
I’m in a tough spot. Paul Ryan is one of the brightest stars in the Republican Party. He is a true fiscal (and social) conservative, and I cheered when Mitt Romney selected him as his running mate (although I wished Ryan rather than Romney were the presidential candidate, and I still hope he will be in the future). Ryan towers, literally and figuratively, over his Democratic opposition-turned-collaborators.(Snip)Some are arguing that no deal would be better than this deal; it is a refrain that you will hear from both the right and the left in coming hours and days. And in a
Following the release of the budget deal Paul Ryan agreed to with Patty Murray, there will be talk of a shift in Ryan’s political principles. The deal is being framed by its authors as a model of pragmatism, which is a good indication that it will conform to the belief that a fair deal is one from which both sides come away equally unhappy.(Snip)The truth is, most of Ryan’s career suggests he wants the gavel, not the veto pen. Such a career path, by definition, requires staying put. So the clearest evidence of Ryan’s aspirations was when he passed on
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At the 11th hour last night, conservative Texas Rep. Steve Stockman filed papers to challenge incumbent Sen. John Cornyn. The immediate response from the chattering classes was as follows: There’s not enough time for Stockman to raise the requisite funds to win in such a large state, and even if there were, Stockman (whose campaign is in debt) probably isn’t capable of marshaling the kind of organization needed.(Snip)Conservatives who were once in danger of too much passivity are probably in danger of throwing some babies out with the bath water. Changing times call for changing roles, and it occurs to
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It´s the coldest case in American history. The settlers who inhabited the 16th century North Carolina colony of Roanoke mysteriously disappeared centuries ago, leaving behind only two clues: the words "Croatoan" and "Cro" carved into a fort´s gatepost and a nearby tree. Many conspiracy theories have been concocted as to what happened in 1590, a mere three years after the colonists arrived in North America, but none have proven fruitful. Until now. Technological advances and the discovery of a cover-up on an ancient map have let researchers unearth new clues that may help bring an end to the mystery of America´s lost
President Barack Obama’s health agency said it has spent $319 million building an online health-insurance marketplace through October. More than three years after the passage of Obama’s signature health-care law in 2010, it’s almost impossible to verify and track that spending through public records. What the estimates don’t include is the around-the-clock effort to repair the website, which hundreds of thousands of Americans found unusable after its Oct. 1 debut. The race to fix it brought in computer engineers from companies such as Google Inc., Red Hat Inc. and Oracle Corp. and is ongoing today. The figures include what has been paid to
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
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The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal