February 12, 2013 9:35am CST
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/wheels_coming_off_QPojjZX0Bd8BU80hDpcKZP "...[i]lowest-cost family plan (again, two adults and three kids) is to run a whopping $20,000, and if the employee’s contribution is limited to $3,800, the employer’s tab would be $16,200 — adding about $7.40 an hour to the cost of that employee. Wisely, the IRS announced on Jan. 30 that employers won’t have to pay for dependents. But the Congressional Budget Office’s much-cited prediction that ObamaCare would leave only 30 million people uninsured by 2016 was based on the assumption that kids would be covered by employers. At the very least, employers insuring their workers for the first time to avoid the penalty are unlikely to do that. So how will the kids be covered? They won’t. The IRS shocked the law’s advocates by announcing that the insurance exchanges won’t provide subsidies for a child whose parent is covered at work. Nor will these parents be penalized for not insuring their children — the IRS will kindly consider the kids exempt from the mandate. Also exempt are millions of people who’ll stay uninsured because their state is wisely choosing not to loosen Medicaid eligibility. Some background: Despite President Obama’s promises to help solve the problem of the uninsured by making private health plans more affordable, the law expands coverage mainly by forcing states to loosen their Medicaid eligibility rules. But the Supreme Court ruled that the feds can’t command states in this way. At first, the CBO said that ruling would only prevent 4 million people from gaining coverage — but more states than it expected are refusing to go along; it could well be 8 million more without coverage[/i]..." What do you think? Should taxpayers be required to pay for the health insurance coverage for all these who will not be covered?
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• United States
12 Feb 13
Of course not. Most of us feel good if we can cover our own health care costs. Obamacare is another example of treating the symptom and ignoring the cause. Why is health care so expensive in the US? Because we don't have enough insurance?? That's what they would have us believe. There was a time when people paid their own way. If they had to go to the doctor, they paid for it. If they needed medicine, they went to the pharmacy and paid for it. Even poor people could afford a trip to the doctor! I know because we were poor and we went when we needed to. Enter insurance and pharmaceutical profits. Now who can afford to pay their own way?
• United States
12 Feb 13
You know I've often wondered what the heck happened to make some things in life so very, very expensive? (And now many more things?) Medicine, doctors, hospitals... Insurance, lawyers (with these two also influencing the others!) - Reminds me of a scripture verse in Ecclesiastes somewhere which says, "God has made man" (life?) "simple, but man has many inventions" (many complications?! and self-interests!)
12 Feb 13
I have a lot of trouble understanding these plans, mostly because it's very different in Canada. We have basic medical covered by the government, and then extended plans that you can buy or that you can get through your employer. So we rarely have co-pays or emergency room bills. I've had surgery and not seen bills from it.