A national business group representing the nation’s large employers reported Wednesday that companies desperate to avoid a 40 percent ObamaCare “Cadillac tax” are finding ways to shift the costs to workers.
The so-called “Cadillac tax,” now four years away, will affect health plans that spend more than $10,200 per worker.
“The excise tax, when it hits in 2018, will affect both employers and employees,”said Brian Marcotte, president of the National Business Group on Health.
Employees will get incentives to reduce costs through such arrangements as wellness programs, including losing weight or stopping smoking.
Meanwhile, employers are shifting workers into plans with higher deductibles, just as ObamaCare does in the health care exchanges, and using health savings accounts to help defray the costs.
Another cost saver, Marcotte added, is to increase premiums for spouses who have access to other plans.
Rosemary Gibson of the Hastings Center said, “Employees are going to be paying more and more of their income for health care. And the same with people even on these exchanges if they don’t get subsidies.”
The “Cadillac tax” was originally intended to take effect sooner, but unions and other groups convinced officials to delay it until 2018, reducing the anticipated income from $137 billion to $80 billion over ten years. But many analysts predict it will be far less than that.
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A brief report at the neighborhood web site DNAinfo in New York City, which describes itself as “New York’s leading neighborhood news source” with “award-winning journalists” on staff, exemplifies how weak and negligent reporting on urban crime can be.
A video capture of an assault in the City’s West Greewich Village area shows a young black man first punching and knocking to the pavement a man who it turns out is in his 70s, and then running away. That video and most of how it was written up by reporter Natalie Musumeci follow the jump.
Now, most of the report (HT to a longtime emailer; bold is mine):
72-Year-Old Man Knocked to Ground in West Village Attack
A 72-year-old man was punched in the face in an apparently random attack in the West Village Monday afternoon, police said.
The victim was knocked to the ground with a single hit as he walked past a man waiting in front of 99 Jane St., a doorman building in a residential part of the village between Washington Street and West Street.
The male attacker immediately ran off as his victim, who was carrying a shopping bag, fell into a doorway at 5:29 p.m., surveillance video of the attack shows.
Police said another man, who was waiting across the street at the time of the incident, ran off with him.
… Police describe the suspects as in their early 20s.
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We suppose this was inevitable … but that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach. After news of Robin Williams’ suicide broke, it didn’t take long for identity politics to rear its ugly head:
One more thinG! Thank you Robin Williams for dying and letting us know white people are more relevant than blacks rioting. #thankyou— Sonichu (@Sonichu1) August 12, 2014
NO DISRESPECT:But nobody (white people mainly) cared when we almost lost Tracy Morgan, but Robin Williams/paul walker die everyone care #odd— GOOD GOON (@RichHomieKie) August 12, 2014
white ppl care more about patch adams dying than every nigga who has died the last century combined— OG WENTWORTH (@BigHPrivateEye) August 12, 2014
Disheartening — and absolutely disgusting. Fortunately, some people have still got their heads screwed on straight:
Because Robin Williams is white we shouldn't feel for him like Mike Brown...y'all sound as ignorant as the ppl you're mad at...— Ladies Loathe Cool J (@AHitDogHolla) August 12, 2014
I just saw the most ignorant post on facebook— #GSU18 (@loveXreloaded_) August 12, 2014
It said " yall care more about robin williams the white man rather than mike brown the black man " not true .— #GSU18 (@loveXreloaded_) August 12, 2014
Why wont yall just let them both rest in peace . Im just saying— #GSU18 (@loveXreloaded_) August 12, 2014
Read the full article at Twitchy…
Seems some people have forgotten how much media attention the death of Whitney Houston received. It was almost a week before they stopped doing stories about her. Of course that may have been to avoid doing any stories about the death of Andrew Breitbart.
ZDNET — Perhaps no news about HealthCare.gov, the Federal healthcare exchange website and supporting systems, is shocking anymore. We all know that it was an utter disaster at launch on October 1, 2013 and was completely unusable for some time thereafter. But eventually they got it to the point of being usable, so no harm no foul, right?
You may not think so after reading the recent GAO (Government Accountability Office) report HEALTHCARE.GOV — Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management. The report is embedded at the bottom of this story.
Not only was the project a technical disaster — development was originally supposed to be complete October 1, 2013, but the schedule is now for the end of 2014 — but it has cost far, far beyond what was budgeted and far further than what could be called reasonable for such a system.
The report says (page 9) that, through March 2014, the total cost of the project was $946 million. $840 million of this was spent by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), with the rest by the IRS and Department of Veterans Affairs. But the development costs continue to rise and are likely already over $1 billion.
Read the full article at ZDNet.com.