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  •  Fact-checking (12+ / 0-)

    I don't have the time (or inclination) to do proper fact-checking on what he says in that letter. So I could be wrong here.

    He thinks people of some faiths are exempt and people of others are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act.

    There was a meme that Muslims were exempt. It came from the right wing. (Need I say more?)

    The Act does say that anyone who does not get insurance because of their religious beliefs will not have to pay the penalty for having insurance. I have no idea which religions might teach this, but it seems like equal treatment of all religions with such doctrines.

    That doesn't apply to what companies do, however: it applies to the penalty that individuals pay on their income tax.

    As to the waivers, from what I understand, those waivers are going to employers that offer minimal health insurance coverage--like $10,000 max per annum. The rules that came into force earlier would make them choose between upgrading that to $750,000 or dropping it.

    So about 1300+ employers were granted waivers so that they would keep their mini med rather than dropping it.

    As of January 1, then the real rules kick into place. Those low-income employees will have a crack at getting real insurance through Medicaid or subsidized insurance-exchange policies.

    But this doesn't have anything to do with an employer who already offers health insurance, but just wants to spell out what he does and does not want his employees to have access to.

    •  Thank you... (2+ / 0-)
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      True North, oceanview

      What about the 'Federal Employees are exempt' claim.

      'Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost' - Ronald Reagan, Communist

      by RichM on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 01:01:30 PM PDT

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      •  Completely baffled (4+ / 0-)

        I have no idea what he meant when he said federal employees are exempt.

        In that paragraph, he goes back and forth between the rules that apply to individual taxpayers and the rules that apply to companies.

        Federal employees have really good insurance coverage. I poked around the website with info for federal employees on which insurers and policies were available in the employee's region.

        The employees get to choose which works best for them, but they all look pretty good.

        Does this CEO guy think that federal employees, as individual taxpayers, get some kind of exemption not available to others?

        Federal employees will be able to check off the box that says that they have the minimal coverage required so they don't owe a penalty--but so will just about everybody else who gets health benefits from work.

        Beats me. Complete mystery.

        But I don't want to write him to say: "Huh?"

    •  Christian Scientists, don't "believe" in medicine (2+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity, Sychotic1

      As for the "waivers" he's just mis-informed. A current, unmodified employer provided health plan is grandfathered, so if part of such a plan is not in conformance with the ACA, it can remain out of compliance until the plan changes. Now in reality everybody's plan changes every year (or every couple of years). So if a plan today doesn't cover contraception, if next year they want to change the prescription co-pay or proivider, then they would have to be compliant.

      The guy's a tool, soon to be a poor tool.

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