There has been a LOT of criticism about the “Obamacare” health plan which is set to launch slowly over the next few years in phases. I for one, agree that people need better access to healthcare, but what I’m afraid of is that this will actually force healthcare on those that don’t even want it, and take it away form hardworking people who have always had it offered at great discounts through their employers.
I know my husband and I have worked for the same companies respectively for almost a decade now, and I don’t know what we’d do if suddenly they pulled our health benefits away. Sure, we both keep ourselves really healthy and eat right and take care of ourselves, but what about things that are catastrophic, like a car accident, or other things, like broken bones and hospitalization?
Those cost a fortune if you are uninsured, and the fear is that those who previously had easy employer access to healthcare will not because the government is making it too expensive for them. Is that really fair, to punich people who are working and give healthcare to those that are not working?
At the risk of sounding elitist, it sounds a bit socialist to force this type of healthcare on the public, and although I may agree with some of Obama’s other policies, I think the healthcar package is a big old stinker that is in need of severe revamping.
The revisions to the healthcare laws that are set to occur in the year 2014, which is still a little ways off, is estimated to force about 30% of employers out of the healthcare offering game. That is quite significant and not a figure to be taken lightly. Especially by those families that will be hurt by this.
So, if this is true, then would employers have to offer some sort of incentive to stay with them, or compensate employees at a higher rate of pay in order to compensate for the lack of health benefits? It’s anyone’s guess. Should be interesting how this turns out.