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  •  therefore, the ACA was never about sensible (8+ / 0-)

    or fair public policy.

    It was about dumping everyone (including eventually Medicare) into the private insurance market. Employers purchasing insurances for large groups of employees have bargaining power that individuals, purchasing for themselves, don't. So they can get better deals from insurers. Especially since they can afford lawyers and accountants to ensure they're getting a decent policy.

    Insurers would make more money if, instead of having to negotiate with large employers for group plans, they could negotiate with each employee as an individual. Hence the cadillac tax, to insure precisely that employees have to go on the exchanges and buy insurance as individuals.

    The employer mandate is the rug that was pulled out from under employees. Delaying its implementation means that employers will now be free to dump employees onto the exchanges, and as costs rise, they will.

    This makes a mockery of the administration claim that "if you like your insurance, you can keep it." Actually, the aim of the ACA is precisely the opposite--to ensure that you have to buy crappier insurance than you've already got. This goes for employees under employer-based plans, and it will eventually go for people in Medicare, too. Until every single American is on the exchanges and our health insurance is totally privatized.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:50:09 AM PDT

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