Friday, April 18, 2014

Lose Your Husband, Insurance [UPDATED]

Apparently, the ObamaTax is all about the "glitches:"

"More than two dozen widows who were married to retired Madison county employees, lost their health insurance coverage earlier this year."

That's Madison County, Alabama (no, not that Madison County), which had been self-insured. It's not really clear to me why that would preclude them from offering coverage of some kind, but according to county commission chairman Dale Strong, "new regulations in Obamacare would amount to an extra $25 million dollars per year."


UPDATE: Okay, turns out that (of course), there's more to the story. Yes, the county was self insured, and yes, the ObamaTax would have made it too expensive to continue covering these poor widows. So the county "instead joined a statewide network that dozens of county governments already are in. That plan, though, does not offer coverage to husbands and wives when their government employee spouses die."

That makes a lot more sense than just dropping deceased employees' spouses. And, of course, it reinforces the truth that, dead or alive,  you can't keep your plan..
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