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Friday, September 19, 2014

ObamaCare "Glitch" Hits About 2 Million Americans Making Health Insurance "Practically Unaffordable"



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What?! A glitch in a massive government law that required super-massive amounts of bureaucratic interpretation? Shocking. It's almost as if the federal government isn't really the best provider of health care. Granted that a cursory look at Medicaid, Medicare and the VA would have suggested, but who can take the time to do all that while "making history"?

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Vague language within Obamacare will result in nearly 2 million Americans being unable to afford health insurance, according to a new report by the American Action Forum (AAF). 
The so-called “family glitch” occurs when an individual is offered health insurance through their employer but the plan is not extended to the rest of their family. Due to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) interpretation of the law, other immediate family members are not eligible to receive subsidies for insurance, even if their income is below the federal poverty level. 
The AAF has estimated that 1.93 million Americans will be affected by the glitch, making it “practically impossible” for them to obtain affordable health care coverage.  
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The provision could have unintended consequences for employees in the middle class, forcing them to not accept higher paying jobs out of fear of losing subsidy eligibility to pay for their family’s health insurance. 
The AAF also said the glitch could result in families choosing to separate or divorce, in order to keep subsidies.

Practically impossible? But wasn't ObamaCare about providing affordable health coverage for everyone? I guess not some working families. Oh, well. You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs and other such infuriating cliches. Speaking of which does anyone even remember the "If you like your doctor/health insurance you can keep your doctor/health insurance?" Just one more lie that's too old to hold any relevance now, I suppose.

The article itself briefly sums up the AAF's take on the glitch, and it's the kind of loophole that's pretty much what you can expect from a federal program. Boy, it almost seems like ObamaCare is a bad idea. If only people had mentioned something about this 5 1/2 years ago or something...


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