Private employers are finding that one way to cut down on the costs of Obamacare is to cut off spouses. Children must be covered but spouses are not required. Exclusions like this hardly existed three years ago.
Apparently spouses are usually more expensive to cover because they go to doctors more often and they have more time to do so. Airlines found that covering a pilot’s wife costs 50% more.
If companies deny coverage to spouses, employers save the annual premiums and the new Obamacare fees. Those fees jump considerably beginning in 2014.
Spousal carve-outs are becoming more popular, up from 4% in 2010 to 6% last year. Read more at MarketWatch
Obamacare is driving up healthcare costs with premiums going up by as much as 190% in some cases and that is not for the best plans.
It is killing jobs, especially for those who need them the most. Fast food restaurants are cutting employees hours back or laying them off because they just don’t have the money to pay their Obamacare insurance costs.
Medical device companies are getting hit with a 2+% tax. When your profit margin is 2% to 4%, that is a lot. Large medical device companies are going to lay off and smaller companies are going to stop creating some new devices.
Read more about the unintended consequences of Obamacare at Reason.com
Here we have Durbin telling the truth three years ago:
Here we have Obama lying with quotes from the CBO who were given false information. Obama said at the time that the premiums would go down by 3000%:
Three years ago, Obama said the fees are too high and millions are being denied coverage. Meanwhile, because of Obamacare, 7 million will fall between the cracks – to start. They will not be eligible for subsidies and will not be able to afford healthcare at work. CHIP children and seniors will fall into those cracks but Sandra Fluke will have her free birth control – that is all that matters.
Obamacare won’t force you to change your doctor, there won’t be a pre-existing condition clause, and everyone will be covered according to Obama three years ago. None of this is panning out. The healthcare exchanges will not have competition that lowers prices because it is strictly regulated by the government. The exchanges are having problems finding insurance companies to get involved in the exchanges.
While pretending they weren’t going to cover illegal aliens, they had every intention of covering illegal aliens (the term “illegal aliens” is still the term used in the law we no longer abide by and it is not bigotry to use the phrase):
No one read the bill and most of those dumb clucks still have their jobs:
Oh, by the way, if you want to pay separately for better healthcare, no doctor or hospital can allow it. If the government decides you can have treatment C and you want treatment A, you have no recourse. You can’t sue and you can’t pay for it.