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Glitch In Healthcare Law Could Leave Families In Insurance ‘No Man’s Land’

July 21, 2011 by  

Glitch In Healthcare Law Could Leave Families In Insurance ‘No Man’s Land’

Some healthcare reform advocates worry that a problem with the Affordable Care Act could leave some families unable to afford government-mandated health insurance, because a major prevision in the law could be construed to require businesses to offer affordable insurance coverage only to individuals. Furthermore, fixing this provision could cost taxpayers $50 billion a year.

“At issue is a so-called ‘firewall’ in the law that denies subsidies to workers whose employers offer quality, affordable coverage. The firewall applies to plans with premiums that cost less than 9.5 percent of a worker’s income. If a worker has to dole out more than that amount to buy coverage, the employer coverage is considered unaffordable and the worker is eligible for subsidies to buy coverage on the new exchanges,” The Hill reported.

“Initially, advocates thought that the threshold also applied to family coverage… But in calculating the bill’s cost last year, Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) took the law to mean that employers and their families aren’t eligible for subsidies as long as the individual plan is affordable — regardless of the price of the family plan,” the article read.

The article also cited a study by the Employment Policies Institute, which “estimates that changing the policy could cost taxpayers $50 billion a year.”

However, the study found that not solving the problem could leave “millions of families… stuck in a no-man’s-land without affordable coverage through their employer or the exchange.”

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  • http://lives RAYMOND HARBIN

    THE CERTAIN RESULT OF MARXIST LEGISLATION: IF YOU LOSE–YOU LOSE. AND, IF YOU WIN YOU LOSE. THE ONLY WINNERS ARE THE LEADERS WHO WORSHIP POWER OVER THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

  • Dan az

    So I say let them pass a bill requiring them to have the same health care just like the rest of us.That should put an end to it.

  • s c

    So many times, the words of that great patriot, Queen Nancy Pelosi, come to mind. She said, “we have to pass this legislation to find out what’s in it.” That is, we don’t know what’s in it, but we’re so smart that nothing can go wrong so let’s get that bill PASSED.
    It could be that no one in Congress wrote it, so it’s entirely possible that they DON”T know what’s in it. That begs several questions. The ‘biggie’ deals with whether or not elected types have any legal or moral right to pass legislation that they haven’t read and obviously don’t understand.
    I wonder who’d be squawking in Washington now if part of the healthcare scam contained provisions for sterilizing everyone who signed it (everyone must sacrifice). Just because you’re elected wouldn’t exempt you.
    I get the impression that it’s no accident that Pelosi and her bunkies don’t want to be part of America. That’s why they aren’t ‘covered’ by Bummer’s healthcare scam, and that’s also why people like Pelosi and Reid need a crash course in BOHICA 101 [for those who think they're superior beings].

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