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Songwronger BS: So who's signed up for Obamacare? (599* d) RE: BS: So who's signed up for Obamacare? 16 Oct 13

Obamacare and the assault on workers' health benefits

Developments in two major US cities underscore the anti-working class agenda underlying the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare.

On Monday, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced that health insurance is being eliminated for retired city workers under age 65 and replaced with a $125 monthly stipend to use toward purchasing coverage on the insurance exchanges set up under the ACA. Retirees over 65 will be moved to Medicare....

The essential aim of the ACA is rapidly emerging. Behind the talk of providing coverage for the uninsured, Obamacare was devised from the outset as a means of dismantling the employer-based system of health insurance that for decades guaranteed a basic level of health care for tens of millions of workers in the US. While Obama's counter-reform will still leave some 31 million people uninsured, it will dramatically reduce health care costs for private and public employers by hiking workers' out-of-pocket costs and slashing their benefits....

So, retired city workers in Detroit will lose their health insurance and be given 125 bucks per month to find their own policies. Good luck with that.

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