Monday, May 20, 2013

The ObamaTax Dodge

As employers quickly realize that the ObamaTax will not, in fact, be lowering premiums by 3000%, they (and their agents) have begun looking for ways to minimize the impact.

Contrary to popular belief, new ObamaTax plans don't actually have to be all that benefits-rich. In fact, the Feds themselves agree that a plan which covers basically just the Minimum Essential Benefits "would appear to qualify as acceptable minimum coverage under the law, and let most employers avoid an across-the-workforce $2,000-per-worker penalty for firms that offer nothing."

That is, an employer could drop his existing full-coverage (or Catastrophic, for that matter) plan in favor of one of these "bare bones" configurations (Bob, you were way ahead of your time!). Coupled with a supplemental plan to cover some days in the hospital and the like, and the landscape suddenly changes.

This may prove especially attractive for employers with low-wage employees, who want to avoid the ObamaTax employer mandate penalty but can't afford to offer full-blown coverage. And if the premiums are low enough, perhaps those subsidies will cover the lion's share of their premiums.

Interesting concept.
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