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  • ttm4 ttm4 Jul 15, 2013 6:02 PM Flag

    Happy Affordable HC (con't) publ in the WSJ

    Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hrs to avoid this obligation, and many are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hrs means less pay while also losing our current hlth bens.
    Second, millions of Americans are covered by non-profit plans like the ones in which most of our members participate. These non-profit plans are governed jointly by unions and cos under the Taft-Hartley Act. Our hlth plans have been built over decades. Under the ACA, our employees will treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. Many employees will be relegated to 2nd-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans.

    And finally, even though non-profit plans like ours won’t receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. ..these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the hlth-care market of viable alternatives to the big hlth ins cos.

    On behalf of the millions of working folks we represent and the families they support, we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.

    We believe that there are corrections that can be made within the existing statute that will allow our members to continue to keep their current hlth plans and bens just as you and the President pledged. Unless changes are made, however, that promise is hollow

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