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State Gov’ts Will Push Workers Into Obama-Care

From the Associated Press:

Governments may push workers to health exchange

By MIKE BAKER | April 24, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a move that would capitalize on provisions under President Barack Obama’s health care law but could cost the federal government millions of dollars, Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way to pass a large chunk of their health care expenses along to Washington, D.C. — and analysts say others are likely to follow suit.

The plan threatens to affect the federal budget and the pocketbooks of some part-time workers, as it would push a group of employees out of their current health care plans and into an exchange developed under the Affordable Care Act.

That isn’t possible. Mr. Obama himself promised that we would be able to keep our plans if we liked them.

Observers say the shift seems to run counter to the intent of the new health care law.

These are not very observant "observers." The plan has always been to force everyone into a single payer government-run system, just as soon as possible.

Supporters, however, say it’s a viable strategy for governments to pursue as they manage the insurance rules related to part-time staff.

Washington state appears to be the first major government to seriously explore the possibility of pushing workers into the exchange — but it probably won’t be the last…

A spokeswoman with the Department of Health and Human Services declined comment, and it’s unclear whether the federal government accounted for this possible outcome…

What outcomes have they prepared for? We can’t recall a single one.

The Washington state proposal has come before lawmakers as governments around the nation are formulating strategies to manage those who don’t work 40 hours a week, since the federal law requires employers to provide coverage for those working at least 30 hours.

Virginia, for example, is requiring all part-time employees to work fewer than 30 hours, which will help the state avoid penalties for not providing health coverage

Funny how we never heard about this before.

Budget writers in Olympia say their plan would save Washington state $120 million over the next two years. However, it would consequently push more health care costs onto the federal government, since many low-income part-time state employees and education workers would likely qualify for federal subsidies…

So now the entire nation will get to subsidize the paper pushers in Washington state.

K-12 workers would have to adopt new bargaining agreements to implement the change, though the state would help by offering sweeteners that would be equivalent to as much as a $2 per hour raise…

They are taking away healthcare coverage for teachers? Where is the outrage? And where are the unions?

Under the federal law, large employers who don’t provide coverage to full-time workers will face penalties, but they won’t face penalties for not covering employees who work under 30 hours a week. Thousands of part-time government employees in Washington state work between 20 and 30 hours a week and currently qualify for state medical coverage.

Tough toe nails. (And how much you want to bet that every last one of them voted at least once for Obama?)

Observers have been concerned about how private employers will handle the new health care law and the possibility that some may shed insurance coverage…

More from these unobservant "observers." Private employers will just make their workers work part time. In fact, they are already doing so in droves.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “State Gov’ts Will Push Workers Into Obama-Care”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    ” Washington state appears to be the first major government to seriously explore the possibility of pushing workers into the exchange — but it probably won’t be the last…”

    As you said above, this was the plan all along but also take note that about a third of a states cost for an employee is healthcare. So now the result of their savings will be that they’ll hire even more state employees and the rest of us can look forward to subsidizing an ever growing number of government leeches, eh um…ah….workers, and their pentions, child care, pregnancy leave, medical marijuana and on and on and……..

  2. GetBackJack says:

    But not Congress and damn sure not Obama

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