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University of Virginia Slashes Health Benefits Due to ObamaCare
Breitbart ^ | 08/21/13 | John Nolte

Posted on 08/22/2013 9:22:42 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey

Citing ObamaCare as a reason, the the University of Virginia has announced that spouses of University employees who have access to health insurance through their own jobs will no longer be eligible for health insurance coverage.

In its announcement, President Obama's healthcare plan is specifically mentioned by UVa as a reason for the rising costs that forced the university to drop working spouses. ObamaCare is expected to add $7 million to the university's health care costs.

UVa was also a public supporter of ObamaCare:

Working spouse provision: Starting Jan. 1, spouses who have access to coverage through their own employer will no longer be eligible for coverage under U.Va.’s plan. Spouses who do not have coverage elsewhere can remain on the employee’s plan, and coverage of children is not affected. ...

Provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act are projected to add $7.3 million to the cost of the University health plan in 2014 alone. Federal health care reform will create new costs related to the “individual mandate” that requires all Americans to have health care coverage (or pay a penalty).

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aca; academia; affordablecareact; bhohealthcare; democrats; fail; fallout; healthcare; healthinsurance; highereducation; individualmandate; layoffs; liberalfascism; liberalhypocrisy; liberalism; liberalvoters; nodemocrats2014; nowyouknowwhatsinit; obama; obamacare; obamavoters; pelosi; progressives; singlepayer; socializedmedicine; thankademocrat; trainwreck; uva
Thanks to Obamacare, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance coverage. And this is why democrats wanted it because they think it will lead to single payer/socialized medicine.
1 posted on 08/22/2013 9:22:42 AM PDT by Captain Jack Aubrey
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Wow. There goes a big reason for “Gay Marriage” - the queers were trying to get their “spouses” on these Cadillac insurance policies that Universities and others were offering.


2 posted on 08/22/2013 9:25:39 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

To err is human. But to really FUBAR requires government intervention.

FUBO!!


3 posted on 08/22/2013 9:29:27 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

My mailman said that because my spouse has her own car I can not loger buy the car insurance plan I want

Wow - I can see where it would be cool to have all kind of other people deciding what insurance I need


4 posted on 08/22/2013 9:29:55 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

I don’t know much about this admittedly.

But tell me, doesn’t this mean that these people will have to pay for two insurance policies instead of one?

UPS did this the other day, Delta is threatening to do this, how many others will pass this around?

It would seem that in some case the people whose wives can get insurance from their own employers would perhaps be better off to just quit working. Paying for two costly insurance policies in a family is going to be rough.

This Obamacare BS is starting to get rough.


5 posted on 08/22/2013 9:29:56 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Wow! Never thought of that! That’s funny! Another point is the spouse will probably pay a higher premium with a separate insurance carrier. What about the 25 year old kids working part time and living at home? Which parent’s policy will they be on?


6 posted on 08/22/2013 9:30:42 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (When you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil.)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

The Affordable Care Act certainly achieved its goal of eliminating affordable care.

They can now claim victory in the War on Affordable Care.


7 posted on 08/22/2013 9:31:11 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Well, he sure is transforming America.

Next, the world.

Oh wait..

Arab Spring uhhh Summer Blisters


8 posted on 08/22/2013 9:31:12 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

I feel sorry for the UVA employees who did not vote for 0bama. Those who did vote for 0bama got what they asked for.


9 posted on 08/22/2013 9:32:17 AM PDT by forgotten man
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

I don’t know much about politics at the University of Virginia, but most of academia happily did their part to put the arrogant racist commie poser in office - twice.

I would be surprised if the majority at this university are any different.

So I say: “Reap what you sowed.”


10 posted on 08/22/2013 9:33:36 AM PDT by Iron Munro (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize - Voltaire)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

It always bother me the Liberal hypocrisy. Whenever they talk about how rich should pay more, ITS ALWAYS MEANS EVERYONE ELSE but themselves


11 posted on 08/22/2013 9:40:13 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane
It always bother me the Liberal hypocrisy.
Whenever they talk about how rich should pay more, ITS ALWAYS MEANS EVERYONE ELSE but themselves


12 posted on 08/22/2013 9:59:58 AM PDT by Iron Munro (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize - Voltaire)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

I hate Obamacare as much as the other person, but I honestly don’t know what the problem is here. Why should any company provide spousal benefits to someone who has benefits available from another job or source? Microsoft did this several years ago as a cost cutting measure before Obama was even elected. They were paying millions for non-employees who had benefits available at their current job.


13 posted on 08/22/2013 10:05:36 AM PDT by CityCenter (Pleading the 5th is just so 1972.)
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To: zot; Interesting Times

First UPS, now UVA changes the health care it provides to employees due to 0bamacare mandates. As a person pointed out to me, 0bama said “your” i.e. individual, not “your spouses” health care.


14 posted on 08/22/2013 10:07:04 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar

This is sweet.

While the density of libs in Charlottesville/Albemarle County isn’t as high as in other areas of the Commonwealth (e.g., Northern Virginia), UVA profs and students are foursquare for Obama. They’re too self-centered to see the irony, though.


15 posted on 08/22/2013 10:26:17 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: forgotten man

“I feel sorry for the UVA employees who did not vote for 0bama. “

Both of them.


16 posted on 08/22/2013 10:30:43 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Arm_Bears

What he said.


17 posted on 08/22/2013 10:32:04 AM PDT by CPONuke
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

“And this is why democrats wanted it because they think it will lead to single payer/socialized medicine. “

The reality is that a large number of liberals are very simplistic in their world view, and were clueless about what it was they were trying to do with health care. To them, the fact that supporting it made them ‘progressive’, and ‘European-like’ was a big draw. I wish it wasn’t that ridiculous, but it actually is.


18 posted on 08/22/2013 10:40:19 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: forgotten man

You mean all 4 of them - forgotten man?


19 posted on 08/22/2013 11:34:16 AM PDT by 429CJ (.wh)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

The University System of Ga just did the same thing. It covers 31 colleges and universities in the state of Ga.

Some more “change”


20 posted on 08/22/2013 11:40:09 AM PDT by wrench
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

How the heck does the insurance company, or the university for that matter, know where the spouse works, or IF the spouse works?


21 posted on 08/22/2013 12:23:28 PM PDT by CH3CN (And, that's the whole kettle of fish in a nutshell.)
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To: CH3CN
How the heck does the insurance company, or the university for that matter, know where the spouse works, or IF the spouse works?

You're joking, right?

22 posted on 08/22/2013 12:25:23 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: nascarnation

Well...actually, no. How do they? More big brother tattling?


23 posted on 08/22/2013 12:35:10 PM PDT by CH3CN (And, that's the whole kettle of fish in a nutshell.)
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To: CH3CN

Here’s how I expect it would work (putting all the onus on the employee):

All spousal coverage is cancelled until you provide your tax return showing no W-2s for your spouse the previous year.

If there are W-2s, you must provide an affadavit from that employer stating no medical coverage is provided.


24 posted on 08/22/2013 12:40:08 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

I’m glad these know it all libs are finally getting their way. :)


25 posted on 08/22/2013 12:40:32 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: nascarnation

Ah, ain’t that just grand. There’s other stuff I could add but don’t want to set off the Nora Sam Adam sirens.


26 posted on 08/22/2013 12:47:36 PM PDT by CH3CN (And, that's the whole kettle of fish in a nutshell.)
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To: CityCenter

The issue here isn’t that it is being done (see the Microsoft situation you cited) it’s that it’s being done as a direct result/consequence of Obamacare.

So just another thing about the bill that needed to be passes in order for the public to find out what was in it ...


27 posted on 08/22/2013 12:54:30 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Because the Obama economy sucks, employers have all the leverage. There just aren’t a lot of jobs for employees to swap to.

So it’s easy to see where the costs of Obamacare will push employers to cut other benefits without worrying much about losing people.


28 posted on 08/22/2013 1:15:19 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: GreyFriar

I wonder if any RATs are experiencing buyers’ remorse.


29 posted on 08/22/2013 2:00:26 PM PDT by zot
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To: tanknetter

Or maybe it’s just being used as a convenient excuse.

A lot of companies did this after they extended benefits to same sex partners. What one hand gave, the other took away.


30 posted on 08/22/2013 2:20:28 PM PDT by CityCenter (Pleading the 5th is just so 1972.)
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To: zot

They can’t have buyers remorse, that would be “racist.”


31 posted on 08/22/2013 3:37:58 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

They are covering spouses not covered elsewhere (they don’t have to) only, which seems to be discriminatory.


32 posted on 08/22/2013 4:51:55 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Kill Obamacare not wound it.)
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To: Venturer
Paying for two costly insurance policies in a family is going to be rough.

Good point. The spouse was covered under the UVA plan as a dependent; now the spouse will need coverage as the primary insured which is way more expensive.

I think the GOP need only wait for Obamacare to implode.

33 posted on 08/22/2013 4:58:06 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Kill Obamacare not wound it.)
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To: CityCenter
I hate Obamacare as much as the other person, but I honestly don’t know what the problem is here. Why should any company provide spousal benefits to someone who has benefits available from another job or source?

1. Companies are not required to cover spouses whether or not they work.

2. The spouse should be able to choose which policy they want.

3. Having 2 primary insureds makes for higher premiums.

4. having 2 primary insureds makes for higher family deductibles and out of pocket limits.

A $hit sandwich is a $hit sandwich.

34 posted on 08/22/2013 5:09:46 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Kill Obamacare not wound it.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim: Best line of the year despite stiff competition.


35 posted on 08/22/2013 6:00:41 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Thanks. It was an often used phrase from my navy days (cleaned up a bit for family audience).


36 posted on 08/22/2013 6:06:47 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Arm_Bears
While the density of libs in Charlottesville/Albemarle County isn’t as high as in other areas of the Commonwealth (e.g., Northern Virginia)...

I think you may be wrong. I remember reading that McCain got but 19 percent of the vote in Charlottesville. It probably is the most liberal area in Virginia, though Northern Virginia must be close behind.

BTW, the newspaper there is the "Daily Progress," which always reminds me of "Daily Worker"!

37 posted on 08/22/2013 6:54:07 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Captain Jack Aubrey

Anybody living in Virginia who even dares to think about voting for Terry McAuliffe- the man who helped Obamacare become a reality- deserves whatever misery is coming down the pike if he wins.


38 posted on 08/23/2013 6:59:03 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Mike Darancette

I get that. I worked in HR Benefits for 7 years.

The thing is that all companies wrestle with holding down the costs of insurance benefits for their employees while offering a competitive scheme to hire and hold on to talent. Obamacare does serious damage to this in every way you can imagine. I am worried about what is going to happen to my own benefit plan, especially since I take a very expensive drug for psoriatic arthritis and my husband is diabetic.

Aside from this, I honestly don’t think it’s an employers job to worry about my spouse if he has benefits available at his workplace. I just don’t see why they should shoulder that expense and why I should expect them to. And secondary policies are really not worth that much, either. They pay a tiny percentage compared to primary policies.


39 posted on 08/23/2013 11:01:21 AM PDT by CityCenter (Pleading the 5th is just so 1972.)
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To: Mr. K
Your; "Wow - I can see where it would be cool to have all kind of other people deciding what insurance I need

Precisely!

In a free society it is no ones and no organization's business how many health care policies you have or qualify for!!

40 posted on 08/23/2013 11:06:28 AM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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