Old Hat said...
UPDATE: An article on Yahoo today states that some employers (including Boeing, AARP) ARE starting to shift health insurance costs to their employees thru higher deductibles and/or co-pays to lower the value of their health care plans ahead of the 2018 tax increase on so-called "high-cost plans", which will be 40%-- as stipulated in the Affordable Health Care Act. The threshhold for "high-cost plans" has been set at $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for family plans. The stated purpose behind the law was to discourage purchasing of such plans, mainly favored by upper income consumers and corporations providing CEO coverage. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)
I have read similar articles and I have to ask why they would need to jump the gun by 8 years?
Basically because health insurance benefits are tax free they are a big perk to high paid employees. I wonder if they cut your pay 8 years ahead of time because a high salary excise tax was going into effect what you would have to say about
You would laugh at them.
Pretty much employers and insurance companies are using a law that doesn't do that much and isn't doing anything for years as an excuse to cut salaries and raise rates.
If a republican, a democrat or the press tells you anything about
this law, check first because they are probably wrong or lying outright. Nothing in that plan should be causing your employer to change your coverage or your insurance company to jack up rates until 2014.
Personally I think generous plans allow the drug company to play this game where they charge $600/month for asacol then force those that don't have the cadillac plans to beg for discount cards. Never mind the drug is only worth the $100 they sell it for in other countries.