Another 25 million ObamaCare victims ObamaCare victims!

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    Mar 06, 2014 4:20 PM GMT
    Another 25 million ObamaCare victims
    ObamaCare victims

    By Betsy McCaughey

    It now looks like ObamaCare will hurt twice as many people as it helps — because the law isn’t nearly done with canceling people’s insurance.
    The 5 million-plus Americans who’ve seen their health plans canceled thanks to ObamaCare will be joined by millions more this year — because the Affordable Care Act makes their employer-provided policies illegal, as well.
    ObamaCare defenders are trying to minimize the coming pain. Jonathan Gruber, an architect of the law, told The Washington Post that the number of “losers” who will have to pay more for the same or inferior coverage will be “very, very small.” Nonsense. ObamaCare exchange plans — the only option for most people who lose on-the-job coverage — are a raw deal.
    Yet millions will get dropped from employer-provided coverage over the course of this year and be stuck with that alternative.
    Effective Jan. 1 of this year, the Affordable Care Act requires small-group plans to provide 10 “essential benefits.” Many employers renewed their plans late last year to avoid that costly requirement as long as possible. But as the months pass, these plans will expire — and employers will be tempted to drop coverage altogether, rather than pay for those costly added benefits.
    And those dropped employees will be stuck with ObamaCare-exchange plans or no insurance at all.
    Yet an exchange plan is a ripoff compared with what they’re losing.
    On average, US workers with on-the-job individual coverage contribute $999 a year in pre-tax dollars and have a deductible of $1,135, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. On ObamaCare exchanges, all but the lowest earners will pay more (even after subsidies), pay with after-tax dollars, face deductibles of $3,000 to $5,000 for silver and bronze plans and lose access to many doctors and hospitals they’re covered for now.
    How many people will this change clobber? Well, about 60 million Americans now get employer-provided insurance via small-group plans. Law firms and other high-end businesses are unlikely to drop coverage, but companies with lots of salespeople, receptionists and other lower-paid workers will say they can’t afford Washington’s “one size fits all” requirement — which, the Heritage Foundation reports, adds an estimated $1.79 an hour to the cost of a 40-hour worker (and more than $2 an hour in states like New York and New Jersey, where health care is more expensive).
    Even the chance that ObamaCare’s “employer mandate” will go into effect in 2015 isn’t apt to deter employers from dropping coverage. The penalty for not complying with the mandate would add only 98 cents an hour for a 40-hour worker — a bargain compared with the $1.79 cost of providing coverage plus the enormous amount of red tape, reporting requirements and fees that ObamaCare piles on employers who provide coverage. In truth, the law discourages employers from insuring their workers, making it far easier and cheaper to send them to the exchanges.
    That’s why the management consultants at McKinsey & Co. warned in 2011 that nearly a third of employers surveyed already were considering dropping coverage, with the figure rising among those familiar with the law’s requirements.
    So a conservative estimate is that 25 million people, out of the 60 million in small group plans, get dropped in 2014. Add that to the 5 million or so whose individual-market already canceled on Jan. 1, and you have a lot of losers.
    Indeed, it looks like ObamaCare will create twice as many losers as winners in 2014. The Congressional Budget Office projects that 16 million will gain coverage via the law’s Medicaid expansion (9 million) and subsidized exchange plans (7 million) — and even that’s rosier than the enrollment figures we’ve seen so far.
    Thirty million losing insurance; 16 million gaining it. It’ll be hard for Democrats running for election this fall to defend a law that hurts twice as many people as it helps.
    Betsy McCaughey is the author of “Beating Obamacare 2014.”
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    Mar 06, 2014 5:16 PM GMT
    As an Australian working in the U.S , i am going to comment on your post .
    I cannot fathom of how a powerful country as the U.S doesn't have a better health system . I have met lots of people that cannot afford to go to the doctor to help their ailing body , some cannot afford Health insurance , some other have health insurance but cannot afford the deductible or copay !!
    I get my healthcare coverage thru my employer , i am paying $260 monthly , but i still have a $ 25 copay for a doctor visit or $45 for a specialist , and also have a $2500 yearly deductible .
    I have been lucky till now , that all my health problems wasn't an emergency and i could take care of them in Australia .
    Healthcare costs in America is ridiculous !!
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    Mar 06, 2014 5:19 PM GMT
    @Neffa: Yeah, Healthcare costs in America ARE ridiculous.

    I had my friend have some type of anxiety/panic/I don't know what attack at work yesterday for no reason. She fell down in a crowd of customers and I had to run over to her and asked if she wanted me to call the ambulance. She yelled "NO, DON'T! I DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE AND CAN'T AFFORD AN AMBULANCE." She became stable again a little bit later but still doesn't know what's going on with her body. She can't afford to go to the doctor because she has no insurance. I told her she's just going to have to go to the E.R., bite the bullet, and just do payments.

    She's only 18. People would rather sit on the floor suffering than have to be outrageous costs for the hospital.
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    neffa saidAs an Australian working in the U.S , i am going to comment on your post .
    I cannot fathom of how a powerful country as the U.S doesn't have a better health system .
    Healthcare costs in America is ridiculous !!

    Simply put, the liberal gov't there made too many compromises with the conservative gov'ts/oppposition and big business. I suspect the current gov't would have loved to implement a universal system, but anything like that is usually shot down with cries of 'Commies' etc.

    What they've ended up with is FrankenCare and both sides have some blame in it.

    To the OP, you just posted this in an already existing topic in Politics, where it belongs.
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    Mar 06, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    neffa said ... I cannot fathom of how a powerful country as the U.S doesn't have a better health system ...
    when they wrote the constitution a while back they did not fathom trillion dollar interest groups influencing government so much.

    OBAMA care is just the limits of junk government.

    A drive through Denver and all the hospitals are major construction sites. Just saying you see is lots of money there.
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    Mar 07, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
    10,000 Las Vegas Union Casino Workers in Revolt, May Strike Over Obamacare.

    10,000 Las Vegas Union Casino Workers in Revolt, May Strike Over Obamacare
    Posted on 7 March, 2014 by Rick Wells
    535 las vegas culinary workers strike

    The Las Vegas Culinary Union is unhappy with obamacare. They were a big factor in the Nevada vote and were instrumental in helping to get Obama elected both times. They were in favor of obamacare as was their leadership as long as the negative impacts were being felt by someone else. Now that it is impacting them directly, they’re singing a different tune. It’s a kind of bluesy sounding version of “si se puede.”

    Maybe mindlessly following the dictates of union bosses isn’t such a good idea. Critical thinking in the election process is not a requirement, but it can be useful. They made their bed, it’s bedtime, but they aren’t about to take this lying down.

    The real possibility exists of the union voting to go on strike if contract negotiations to keep their existing benefits are not resolved satisfactorily by March 20th. That is the trigger date, and with 10,000 members, it could be a major blow for the city of Las Vegas.

    Speaking for the disgruntled Obama-supporting workers of Local 226, Donald Taylor, Unite Here President said, “The biggest hurdle to reaching settlements in Vegas is the new costs imposed on our health plan by Obamacare. Even though the president and Congress promised we could keep our health plan, the reality is, unless the law is fixed, that won’t be true.”

    Donald should have phrased his comments along the lines of even though Obama and the Democrats told them that. No Republicans said anything of the kind. Those lies came from the lips of Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Schumer and company.

    Now that there are no more elections in his future, B. Hussein Obama seems much less concerned with pleasing his union constituency. They seem to have lost their usefulness. To illustrate that point, the Obama regime decided their policy would be to deny unions requesting exemptions earlier this week. Over the summer, the Obama administration also rejected union requests for federal subsidies.

    It’s clear the luster has faded from their relationship. While Obama no longer needs the unions, it will be very interesting to see how they react to being discarded like a used Kleenex by the guy they were in such admiration of. It’s so sad when infatuation blocks clear judgment in a one-sided relationship.

    But the union workers will move on. They will survive. Perhaps they will regain their strength and learn from their mistakes sufficiently to retaliate against Democrats up for reelection. The dissatisfaction of unions across the country could make for some very interesting midterm elections.

    It’s too bad that Harry Reid isn’t up for reelection this year.