“If you like your current medical plan, you can keep it”

Dr. O

Dr. O

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.

 

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7 responses to ““If you like your current medical plan, you can keep it”

  1. Cos Cobber

    Eliminating the spouse will save a company 8 to 15k in Fairfield County depending on the plan. When corporations can no longer deduct this expense, – bye-bye.

    Where we maybe headed in the long run is either i) high deductible plans where the first 5 to 10k is paid by the patient/insured or ii) a single payer system where only the top 2% or so will have access to the best doctors because they can and will pay out of pocket.

    The fork in the road is getting closer.

    • JRH

      Cos Cobber, there’s a health care system “where only the top 2% or so will have access to the best doctors.” It’s what we’ve had for years, and what Affordable Care Act opponents used to laughably describe as “the best health care system in the world.”

      • So we’ll all have rotten health care – great plan, JRH – when do they show up to confiscate your home and shove you into a cardboard shack so that you can enjoy equality there too, did they say?

  2. The sooner, the great bankruptcy and government implosion happens the better. That’s clearly where we are headed, so hurry up and finish the job already Obama.

  3. Libertarian Advocate

    I’m still wavering on who the bigger douches are, Obama and his coterie or the willful low information voters who put him where he is.

  4. Relevant ?
    30,000 government owned drones in US by 2020 expected as per budgets.
    Multi shot (clip) magazine choke (pun) laws conected to above ?

  5. Doots

    We just got hit with this this year. We typically go through my husband’s work for medical coverage as he has better coverage and I would have to pay full freight for coverage through my work (no employer subsidy).

    So this year on top of what the coverage cost, we were asked to pay $2K extra to cover me – which we did, because it was still cheaper than me getting coverage from my firm.

    I don’t blame the employer of course to responding to the Obamacare debacle with cost cutting incentives, but somehow it seems to have the weird effect of subsidizing stay at home spouses to the detriment of those who work. So very 1950′s if you ask me….