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More Virginia ObamaCare Woes

- October 3, 2013

MCAULLIFE-BACKED OBAMACARE IS COSTING WORKERS THEIR HEALTHCARE AND ITS INSURANCE EXCHANGES DON’T WORK

The Fairfax County Water Authority Will Likely Drop Health Care Coverage For Its 400 Employees Due To ObamaCare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ On Generous Health-Care Plans. “The Fairfax County Water Authority said that it will likely drop insurance coverage for its nearly 400 employees if taxes on generous health-care plans take effect as planned in 2018 under the federal Affordable Care Act.” (Laura Vozzella, “Fairfax Utility: ObamaCare Will Likely Lead To Dropped Coverage,” The Washington Post, 10/2/13)

The Tax Would Cost The Utility $60,000 In The First Year, And $7 Million Per Year By 2028. “Under the ACA employers that provide relatively expensive coverage will have to pay taxes to the federal government starting in 2018. Those taxes would cost the authority $60,000 in the first year and shoot up to nearly $7 million a year by 2028, the authority said in a letter sent this week to Virginia’s congressional delegation.” (Laura Vozzella, “Fairfax Utility: ObamaCare Will Likely Lead To Dropped Coverage,” The Washington Post, 10/2/13)

  • “’[I]t Is Irrefutable That The ACA Is Fatally Flawed,’ Wrote Burton Jay Rubin, Chairman Of The Authority’s Government Relations Committee. ‘If It Is Intended To Make Health Care Coverage Available To Those Who Do Not Have It, It Does So Only By Jeopardizing The Coverage Earned By Those Who Have It.’” (Laura Vozzella, “Fairfax Utility: ObamaCare Will Likely Lead To Dropped Coverage,” The Washington Post, 10/2/13)

The Utility Noted That ObamaCare Encourages Companies To Drop Coverage By Levying Heavy Taxes On Already Expensive Health Benefits, But Only Fining Companies That Do Not Offer Healthcare $2,000 Per Employee. “In his letter, Rubin said the authority expects to pay $13,450 to cover individual employees and $33,300 per employee family by 2018 for coverage that it does not consider to be “ ‘Cadillac’ in nature.” That would make the utility subject to enormous taxes — much higher than the tax it would pay if it provided no coverage at all.  ‘[I]f we provide our workforce with no health care coverage, we merely pay the Government $2,000 for each employee,’ Rubin wrote.” (Laura Vozzella, “Fairfax Utility: ObamaCare Will Likely Lead To Dropped Coverage,” The Washington Post, 10/2/13)

The Fairfax County Water Authority Is Just The Latest In A Long Line Of Virginia Employers Dropping Coverage Or Reducing Hours Due To ObamaCare

ObamaCare Is Contributing To “The Rise In The Number Of Temporary Workers” In Virginia.  “The rise in the number of temporary workers is being driven by two factors — uncertainty about the economy, and companies cutting employee hours because of costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, workforce experts say.” (Carol Hazard, “Hiring Explodes In Part-Time And Contract Work,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/2/13)

  • Companies In The Richmond Area Are Increasingly Relying On Temporary And Part-Time Workers And Hiring In The Part-Time Sector Has Accelerated Throughout Virginia. “Whether hiring people part time or on a contract basis, such companies as Capital One Financial Corp., Owens & Minor, Wells Fargo and SunTrust Banks are increasingly relying on temporary workers and dipping into a large pool of talent in the Richmond area. Hiring in this segment of the workforce has accelerated even though the Virginia economy has 19,800 fewer jobs than it did at its peak employment in April 2008.” (Carol Hazard, “Hiring Explodes In Part-Time And Contract Work,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/2/13)

Virginia Community College Professors Will See Their Hours Cut Due To ObamaCare. “Many adjunct instructors at Virginia's 23 community colleges will see their hours cut starting this summer thanks to Virginia's response to the new federal health reform law, a change that could cripple or kill livelihoods teachers like Ann Hubbard worked hard to build.” (Bob Lewis, “Health Care reform leads to Virginia community college pay cuts,” Associated Press, 4/24/13)

ObamaCare Is Projected To Add $7.3 Million To The Cost Of The University Of Virginia’s Health Care Plan In 2014. “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). (Press Release, “University Employees Will See Significant Changes to Health Plan This Year,” University Of Virginia, 8/21/13)

  • Some Working Spouses Of University Of Virginia Employees Will Lose Access To Coverage. “Changes to the plan that affect working spouses of U.Va. employees will take effect Jan. 1. On that date, all spouses of covered employees will no longer be covered by the University plan unless the employee has provided certification of the spouse’s continued eligibility.  Spouses who have access to ‘affordable health care that provides minimum value,’ as defined by the Affordable Care Act, through another employer will no longer be eligible for the U.Va. plan.” (Press Release, “University Employees Will See Significant Changes to Health Plan This Year,” University Of Virginia, 8/21/13)

UPS Will Drop 15,000 Employee Spouses Nationwide From Its Health Care Plan Due To ObamaCare. “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….According to Kaiser, UPS (NYSE: UPS) told white-collar workers two months ago that 15,000 working spouses eligible for coverage by their own employers would be excluded from the UPS plan in 2014. (Carla Caldwell, “UPS To Drop 15,000 Spouses From Insurance, Cites Obamacare,” Atlanta Business Chronicle, 8/21/13)

VIRGINIA’S OBAMACARE EXCHANGE HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY GLITCHES

Virginians Who Attempted To Sign Up For Insurance Online Were Unable To Do So Due To Website Glitches. “Website glitches seemed to stop many applicants, but supporters of the new option had warned people to expect problems and urged them to be patient. Even late into the day Tuesday, clicking on a ‘live chat’ link on HealthCare.gov brought up the message, ‘Sorry, but our servers are too busy. Please try again soon.’” (Tammie Smith, “Enrollment Gets Off To Glitch-Filled Start Online,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/2/13)

Almost No One Who Attended An Enrollment Event In Hampton Were Able To Get All The Way Through The Sign-Up Process. “Because of the Web problems, only a few of those attending the Hampton event were able to get all the way through the sign-up process, said Gaylene Kanoyton, president of Celebrate Healthcare, which produced the event held at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. They had already planned a follow-up event for Saturday.” (Tammie Smith, “Enrollment Gets Off To Glitch-Filled Start Online,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/2/13)

“‘We Haven't Even Been Able To Create An Account,’ Says Robin Davis, The Outreach Coordinator For New Horizons Healthcare In Roanoke. ‘We Haven't Looked At The New Site At All. I'm Sure That Is An Issue For A Lot Of People.’” (Erin Brookshier, “Healthcare Registration Site Suffers Big Glitches,” WSLS, 10/1/13)

One Virginia Attorney Tried To Sign Up For Hours, And Later Was Told By Exchange Workers That Even They Could Not Access The Computer System. “Ben Cohen got hung up on the website at 12:03 a.m., when he tried to log on to healthcare.gov. He stalled out again at 7 a.m. And again at 8:30 a.m.  At 9:30 a.m., after a 45-minute wait, the Virginia Beach attorney got through to the marketplace's telephone hotline.  ‘They were very pleasant,’ Cohen, 45, said. ‘They started asking a couple of questions, got some basic information and then advised me that, in fact, they could not access the computer system, either.’” (Amy Jeter, “Traffic Overtaxes Insurance Marketplaces On First Day,” The Virginian-Pilot, 10/2/13)

  • “‘They Were Very Pleasant,’ Cohen, 45, Said. ‘They Started Asking A Couple Of Questions, Got Some Basic Information And Then Advised Me That, In Fact, They Could Not Access The Computer System, Either.’” (Amy Jeter, “Traffic Overtaxes Insurance Marketplaces On First Day,” The Virginian-Pilot, 10/2/13)

TERRY MCAULIFFE STRONGLY BACKS OBAMACARE

McAuliffe Supported The Passage Of ObamaCare. MCAULIFFE: “President Obama went in, dealt with healthcare; passed it. It was tough. We may not have agreed with all parts of it. We didn’t get everything we wanted. I happen to have been a big supporter of the public option, but you know what? We are better off today than we were before.” (“Terry McAuliffe Rallies The Arlington Young Dems,” Moran For Congress, 10/22/10)

  • McAuliffe Wanted To Go Even Further, And Supported The Government-Run “Public Option.” “I happen to have been a big supporter of the public option, but you know what? We are better off today than we were before.” (“Terry McAuliffe Rallies The Arlington Young Dems,” Moran For Congress, 10/22/10)

 

 


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