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AP Finally Finds Some People Freed From Job Lock

From a cheering Associated Press:

With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option

By CARLA K. JOHNSON | March 21, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — For uninsured people, the nation’s new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job.

As soon as Obama, Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats began trotting out this preposterous ‘benefit’ of Obama-Care, we began to wonder how long it would take for our news media begin to find personal stories to support their claim. Clearly, it was harder than they thought, since it took so long.

By the way, notice that ‘positive’ stories about Obama-Care are never called ‘anecdotal.’ Nor are the people called liars and frauds by Harry Reid.

At 62, Payne has worked for three decades as a nurse, most recently traveling house to house caring for 30 elderly and disabled patients. But she’s ready to leave that behind, including the job-based health benefits, to move to Oregon and promote her self-published book. She envisions herself blogging, doing radio interviews and speaking to seniors groups…

For the record, here is Ms. Payne’s biography from Amazon, which lists her book, ‘The Sandbox Wars':

"For thirty years Stephanie Payne has been a practicing RN with special interest in Home Health and Hospice. Her education is varied and diverse: St. Louis Community College, Webster University and Landmark Education. As a talented artist Stephanie has stretched her skills with writing about her passion: Helping people. Next, Stephanie is producing a documentary about The Sandbox Wars due out in late 2012. Stephanie has always considered herself a progressive person and continually challenges herself not only with art but with adventure, gourmet cooking, public speaking, singing and travel. Stephanie has 3 grown children and lives with her partner in the Midwest."

One of the selling points of the new health care plan, which has a March 31 enrollment deadline, is that it breaks the link between affordable health insurance and having a job with benefits. Payne believes she’ll be able to replace her current coverage with a $400- to $500-a-month plan on Oregon’s version of the new insurance exchange system set up under the law.

Or, could it be that now Ms. Payne can get healthcare benefits via her ‘partner,’ thanks to other changes in the law? So she doesn’t need to get them through her job?

Federal experts believe the new insurance option will be a powerful temptation for a lot of job-weary workers ready to bail out. Last month, congressional budget analysts estimated that within 10 years, the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers could be working less because of the expanded coverage.

Not "working less." Not working at all. But, remember, that is a good thing!

But is the new option a gamble? That’s a matter of debate, not only among the politicians who are still arguing furiously over the law’s merits, but among economists and industry experts…

For Mike Morucci, 50, the idea of leaving his information technology job and its health benefits is "terrifying," he said…  Morucci has been writing scripts at night and on weekends for four years and is on a team of writers for a web-based comedy series titled "Click!" launching this spring. Before giving notice at the job he had held for 18 years, he made a spreadsheet of health plans available on the Maryland exchange and found one for $650 a month to cover him and his 23-year-old daughter…

Yes, that sounds like a very responsible decision.

The United States has been unique among industrialized nations in tying insurance and employment closely, said labor economist Craig Garthwaite of Northwestern University, who co-authored a frequently cited study on how the health law may break what’s known as "job lock." Even in Germany and Japan, where insurance remains private, people who can’t afford it get public assistance and coverage is guaranteed.

Job lock "forces people to work at jobs that are not suited to their talents just to get benefits," Garthwaite said. "Economists tend to think that’s a bad thing." …

Sure they do. Any economist will tell you it’s much better to have someone writing spec scripts than working at an IT job.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 21st, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP Finally Finds Some People Freed From Job Lock”

  1. The Update, available for quick download is the iBroke version

  2. Right of the People

    I’m surprised they’re only predicting 2.5 million not working. If we don’t dump O-Care 25 million is probably more realistic.

    I didn’t live through the first Great Depression and I don’t particularly want to live through one at all.

    • yadayada

      well, if history decides to repeat itself, we may have ourselves a nice little depression and then have to fight a world war (against russia apparently) to get ourselves out of it.




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