Trader Joe’s is one employer known for offering generous health care benefits, even for part-timers (until now). But even those workers could end up better off under Obamacare. In an internal email published by the Washington Post, a Trader Joe’s exec provided some calculations for a part-time employee who earns about $24,000 per year and has been paying about $167 per month as her share of a Trader Joe’s policy similar to a “silver” plan under the ACA. If she enrolls in Obamacare, the subsidized cost would fall to about $70 per month for nearly identical coverage. And that’s before a $500 annual stipend Trader Joe’s plan to offer part-timers to help them pay for insurance
So she will actually pay $28 instead of $167. How about waiting until Obamacare starts before repealing it? hahahahahaha
Funny, my premiums have jumped 20% this year. And, doctors fees are going up and the insurer doesn't pay them all. My doctors are all complaining of the excessive paper work. Rest assured that anything government sets up that it is done in such a way that the thieves behind the pols will have ready access to your money.
"If she enrolls in Obamacare, the subsidized cost would fall to about $70 per month for nearly identical coverage."
The key word here is nearly. In reality Trader Joe's part timers won't get near the coverage they have now once they are forced to the exchanges. Trader Joe's found a way out of providing part timers with healthcare. The Obamacare silver plan is a bare bones policy where you can pay up to a $4000 deductible and will see little benefit having health insurance at all. Further, qualifying for subsidies and credits is tricky. Ask the Trader Joe's part timers how they feel about Obamacare compared to their current coverage once Trader Joe's implements this plan. Don't feel sorry for them most of the people working their probably voted for Obama.
The story goes that in the old Soviet Union the government pretended to pay the citizen for the work that they did, and the citizen pretended to work for the pay that they got.
There was a time in this country when a citizen would go to the local doctor, get fixed, get a bill, and pay the bill. In the case when someone couldn't pay, the doctor and the patient would make some arrangement.
And there you have it a very simple paradigm that worked in this country for many years. Of course the major component of that paradigm was the local doctor.
In today's paradigm the people (through the government) have added a third component, government sanctioned insurance. One might ask what does government sanctioned insurance add to the mix?
If you ask a health professional, you might find (according to recent surveys) that many will be leaving the profession (i.e., less doctors)
If you ask citizens, you might find that (because of government sanctioned health insurance) there are fewer hours to be worked, there are fewer jobs to be taken, and there are fewer medical providers that provide care.
If you ask those in government, you might find that as far as they are concerned everything is just fine, because they have received exemptions from the mandates required of average citizens.
So in the future an American might be heard to say "Oh yes comrade I am so happy that I have government sanctioned health insurance, but what I really need is a doctor."
"In your heart you know he is right."
"There was a time in this country when a citizen would go to the local doctor, get fixed, get a bill, and pay the bill. In the case when someone couldn't pay, the doctor and the patient would make some arrangement."
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs? It amazes me how Marxist you Tea Brains really are.
Long before my company had any health plan I managed to pay any medical bills easily. Fees and medications were relatively cheap. My company did have a catastrophic illness plan that was set up by the founder of PT&T long before there were health plans. We also had a rehabilitation clinic that we paid for through personal contributions. Never heard of anyone that washurt or sick that wasn't cared for. Obviously Congress did not write the bill. Who did? How about the insureance companies that will profit the most? My bill went up 20% this year and who knows how much in years to come.