“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”
Well, unless you can’t:
Nearly one in 10 midsize or large employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers once federal insurance exchanges start in 2014, according to a survey from a large benefits consultant.
Towers Watson also found in a survey completed last month that an additional 20% of companies are unsure about what they will do.
Another big benefits consultant, Mercer, found in a June survey of large and smaller employers that 8% are either “likely” or “very likely” to end health benefits once the exchanges start.
Employer-sponsored health insurance has long been the backbone of the nation’s health insurance system. But the studies suggest some employers, especially retailers or those paying low wages, feel they will be better off paying fines and taxes than continuing to provide benefits that eat up a growing portion of their budget every year.
The idea all along was to make it much easier and even cheaper for companies just to dump their health care plans and turn their employees over to the government.
The whole bogus pitch for Obamacare was that there were millions of uninsured that should be covered — so naturally among the first things that will happen is that people who already have coverage will lose it and be thrown into a bureaucratic sausage grinder that is the government-run system.
If the Obamacare law isn’t repealed, that 10% will rapidly climb, because the wonderful “we need to pass it to find out what’s in it” scheme is designed to do just that. Everybody (except the fat cats who supported ramming the law down our throats) will have lousy, rationed coverage. How much more fair can it get?