It’s your spouse who’s losing hers under ObamaKare. Corporations dumping wives from employee health plans.
While surcharges for spousal coverage are more common, last year, 6% of large employers excluded spouses, up from 5% in 2010, as did 4% of huge companies with at least 20,000 employees, twice as many as in 2010, according to human resources firm Mercer. These “spousal carve-outs,” or “working spouse provisions,” generally prohibit only people who could get coverage through their own job from enrolling in their spouse’s plan.
Such exclusions barely existed three years ago, but experts expect an increasing number of employers to adopt them: “That’s the next step,” Darling says.
So much for last decade’s victory for gay people, who successfully fought for the right to be considered “spouses’ under corporate health care plans. It’s that hopey changey thing, picking up speed.