The ACA: Employer impressions
Written by Katie Carpenter
Dec 9, 2013 5:05 PM
Here's what some Central PA employers have to say about the Affordable Care Act:
Sassy T.; Administrator- small rural health clinic, Chambersburg
As an administrator of a small rural health clinic near Chambersburg for many years, the doctor (my husband) and I saw both sides of the insurance and healthcare issue, purchaser of insurance for employees and healthcare provider. The office is now closed. The biggest item in our budget was health insurance for 5 employees (not family members): nearly $50,000 per year, with a $1000 deductible in 2010. Our employees mostly lived paycheck to paycheck. We included them in our decisions. Ethically, we refused to drop their insurance. Capital Blue Cross did their best, I'm sure, but even as a non-profit, you can see that the cost is untenable. Then there were the patients who couldn't get insurance: pre-existing conditions, self-employed small business people, etc. I look forward to individuals and small businesses being able to access affordable insurance.
Bill; Central PA employer
Not a shopper. I am an employer who is seeing a 15% increase in my premiums under a BS law that was supposed to LOWER premiums. This will be a train wreck on jobs and a lot of people are going to see their spouses and families dropped from employer plans. And those companies with 58 employees will probably let 9 go to get under 50. Why the idiots in D.C. think they can add layer and layer of mandated expenses to businesses and think we will put up with it is beyond me. And oh yes, how many people are seeing a 25% pay cut when their hours are being slashed from 40 to 29? Why the media isn’t doing a report on how this will be a train wreck of a law is beyond me.
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