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This is the government laughing at YOU!
How often were we told that this universal healthcare LAW would cover everyone. That your premiums would not increase. That your employer may in fact pay you money back. That this mandatory universal socialist healthcare plan won't raise prices for your employer.
Yeah, not so much.
Nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers.
Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald's (MCD) and Jack in the Box (JACK), won't be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees.
The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn't lose coverage from employers who might choose instead to drop health insurance altogether.
Without waivers, companies would have had to provide a minimum of $750,000 in coverage next year, increasing to $1.25 million in 2012, $2 million in 2013 and unlimited in 2014.
McDonalds came out, amongh many others, and told the administration that this new Socialist LAW would cost them too much money, thus forcing them to drop their healthcare coverage for their employees. The employees came to work for McDonalds and the other companies knowing their benefit packages.
McDonalds, and 30 other businesses, was given a waiver from the law so that Obama's failed promises wouldn't be exposed. But, in order to try and not expose those lies, he has to waive the law.
Can a small company afford to pay $2 million dollars for part-time workers?!?! And what this does, is expose more lies within that "universal" healthcare law. This law would, DOES, increase costs upon your employer. Within 4 years, employers will have to spend more than double their current levels in order to comply with the LAW. How many people will have to be fired or NOT HIRED in order to provide the poor with subsidized health care?
Would you be willing to give up your job so that the poor can have fully subsidized government managed health care?
The biggest single waiver, for 351,000 people, was for the United Federation of Teachers Welfare Fund, a New York union providing coverage for city teachers. The waivers are effective for a year and were granted to insurance plans and companies that showed that employee premiums would rise or that workers would lose coverage without them...
hmmmm.. waiver for votes??
Waivers were granted when it was shown that without the waiver premiums would rise or jobs would lose insurance because the company would drop the insurance.
Take note Democrats. How many times do you need to be lied to before you stand on your own two feet?
And of course, regarding that lie about "if you like your plan, you can keep it".... Not so much.
Some provisions of the nation's new health law that began taking effect this week come with a catch: They don't apply to plans existing before March 23 and remaining substantially unchanged.
As more consumers focus on the details of the law's new benefits, such as free preventive care, some may question why their health plan doesn't have to comply immediately. "I think it's a bit confusing for people," says Steve Findlay at Consumers Union.
The law contains provisions that allow some existing plans — those that don't significantly raise prices or reduce benefits — to maintain a "grandfathered" status. The goal was to help smooth the transition to major changes mandated by the law in 2014.
Grandfathered plans were the law's answer to addressing the desire by individuals and employers who like their current coverage to keep that coverage,
Thus, you may be able to keep your plan, but not after 2014. After than, you belong to the government. Feel better now?
[UPDATE] American Thinker has a great question: "What happened to equal treatment under the law?"