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Great: UPS Responds to Obamacare By Dropping Spousal Coverage
nationalreview.com ^ | 08/21/2013 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 08/21/2013 7:20:27 AM PDT by massmike

United Parcel Service Inc. plans to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere. The Atlanta-based logistics company points to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as a big reason for the decision, reports Kaiser Health News.

The decision comes as many analysts are downplaying the Affordable Care Act’s effect on companies such as UPS, noting that the move reflects a long-term trend of shrinking corporate medical benefits, Kaiser Health News reports. But UPS repeatedly cites Obamacare to explain the decision, adding fuel to the debate over whether it erodes traditional employer coverage, Kaiser says.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: coverage; dropped; obamacare; spouses; ups

1 posted on 08/21/2013 7:20:28 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike
That is fairness, ZERO style. . . . .
As long as its not:
His staff.
Actually anyone in Government.
Congress.
OK for us peons however. . . . .
Glad we passed it so now we can find out whats in it. . . . .
2 posted on 08/21/2013 7:24:18 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Obummer don't Care. . . .)
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To: massmike

HOPE and CHANGE!!


3 posted on 08/21/2013 7:24:49 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: massmike

Once again, 0 won’t be blamed for this (by UPS employees)...UPS (big, evil fat-cats) will!! The Limbaugh Theorem.


4 posted on 08/21/2013 7:25:24 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: massmike

The press release stated it was good for business with a little bit of blame to BO Care


5 posted on 08/21/2013 7:25:47 AM PDT by stanne
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To: massmike

But wait, I heard on the Obama buttlicking media in Miami, strangely enough, the radio station that carries Rush Limbaugh, WIOD, that the UPS move WAS NOT REALLY about Obamacare, but was a “trend that many companies had been doing for years”!

LOL!!!

Keep covering for the Clown, liberal media...he’ll come for you someday, and you’ll have no defenders.


6 posted on 08/21/2013 7:25:54 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: massmike
Okay. So working spouses of UPS employees will not be eligible for UPS sponsored health plans. What about non-working spouses that are eligible via Obamacare Insurance Exchanges?

I suspect more companies will drop non-working spouses because non-working spouses will be be eligible for care through an insurance exchange.

My stay-at-home Mom wife will love this... /s

7 posted on 08/21/2013 7:31:13 AM PDT by erikm88
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To: massmike

In the long run, I think many of the benefits companies have traditionally offered to attract talent will be eliminated as the costs of those benefits increase.

Healthcare was a big, emotional target, so the DIMS went for it first.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 7:38:19 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: massmike

Another story that has no chance of being the top of the hour lead on MSNBC . . .


9 posted on 08/21/2013 7:40:45 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: massmike
All of these ‘anecdotal’ stories will continue to bury Obamacare. The administration is running out of spin.
10 posted on 08/21/2013 7:41:09 AM PDT by JPG (Obama, Juan and Linda Do Egypt.)
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To: massmike

Health insurance is obviously a huge business expense, this is going to happen more and more with or without Obama-care.


11 posted on 08/21/2013 7:43:18 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: massmike

Those evil capitalist... hehe


12 posted on 08/21/2013 7:49:49 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: erikm88

If you are provided an “affordable” option for yourself, by your employer, your family won’t be eligible for subsidies in Obamacare. They really screwed up when they wrote that portion of the law.


13 posted on 08/21/2013 7:50:55 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Wolfie

To those UPS employees effected by this and vote LIB/DIM... Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahaha!


14 posted on 08/21/2013 7:52:05 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: massmike

In this case, Obamacare is only 50% successful. Its goal is to put EVERYONE on government controlled healthcare, not just spouses.


15 posted on 08/21/2013 7:54:16 AM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: erikm88
Okay. So working spouses of UPS employees will not be eligible for UPS sponsored health plans. What about non-working spouses that are eligible via Obamacare Insurance Exchanges?

I suspect more companies will drop non-working spouses because non-working spouses will be be eligible for care through an insurance exchange.

I had an inkling all along why businesses supported Obamacare.

16 posted on 08/21/2013 7:57:01 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: massmike

FUPS,

They were involved in blackmailing the BSA into accepting queers by withholding donations and enjoining boycotts of BSA with other like minded liberal companies.

If I have shipping options, I NEVER choose UPS and never will. I’d rather go USPS, that’s what I think of those brownshirts.


17 posted on 08/21/2013 7:59:35 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: massmike

This has always been an inequity for business. Two parents working for different companies? Who pays the medical premiums? Who covers the kids? I’ll bet that big business had covered the costs because some parents had their own startups or worked for small family businesses that didn’t cover them. I see this as big business plugging the growing, bleeding healthcare expense. OK, so now UPS doesn’t cover the spouse. Who covers the kids?


18 posted on 08/21/2013 8:23:37 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: massmike

This has hit our house too — my insurance no longer covers my husband, his no longer covers me. NO explanation given.

I’m positive it’s due to obamacare — we’re only seeing the so-called tip of the iceberg here, this monstrosity hasn’t fully hit (our taxes and pocketbook) yet.


19 posted on 08/21/2013 8:27:33 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Oh, What Fresh Hell Is This??)
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To: SZonian

Thanks for the info — I’ll remember that into the future and this message should be spread far and wide. What about FedEx?


20 posted on 08/21/2013 8:28:53 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Oh, What Fresh Hell Is This??)
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To: massmike

I also heard yesterday that the company “Forever 21” (sells teen clothing — know it well from being dragged there by my daughter) — said they will no longer hire full time employees, everyone will go on the 29.5 hours/week plan as of NOW.

Part time jobs: The New Normal.


21 posted on 08/21/2013 8:31:28 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Oh, What Fresh Hell Is This??)
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To: massmike
Am I missing something? It seems to me that if my wife had good coverage at her employer, she wouldn't need to be included in my policy.

Can people get better coverage with two policies to draw from?

22 posted on 08/21/2013 8:39:27 AM PDT by Baynative (Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.)
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To: Bon of Babble

No word and I could find nothing about Fed Ex taking any stand against BSA.


23 posted on 08/21/2013 8:40:46 AM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: massmike

I’ve always wondered why married workers, or those with kids, (or those with a gay pal at home) should be compensated more than single workers.

That seems like an equal protection issue.

I’ve wondered the same about the taxes paid by a worker.


24 posted on 08/21/2013 8:57:34 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Universal Background Check -> Registration -> Confiscation -> Oppression -> Extermination)
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To: massmike

UPS should drop 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as a delivery point.


25 posted on 08/21/2013 9:00:42 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: Arm_Bears

.................In the long run, I think many of the benefits companies have traditionally offered to attract talent will be eliminated as the costs of those benefits increase................

I believe that my wife’s company, Reebok, now Addidas, had the benefit package figured out correctly.

Based on your wage and grade, each employee was given a set number of benefit dollars that they could spend per year. So each employee could choose for themselves out of large listing of $ benefit options those choices that made the most sense for them. So a single person would check off single medical coverage, maybe dental, maybe a certain level of life insurance, and if the $ choices were priced below the allowance, they received bi-weekly pay increases for the difference.

A married person could choose to cover only themselves, or the spouse, and/or the kids, and make all the other choices, and if their $ spending plan was above the $ allowance, then their bi-weekly paycheck was hit with the difference.

Simple, fair, individualized, and the benefit $ allowance started at a fairly high number for junior employees, then tailed off for the higher paid folks.


26 posted on 08/21/2013 12:48:16 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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