Obamacare Is Pushing Up Premiums At AARP

November 5, 2010

File it under irony or justice, but Obamacare is pushing up premiums at AARP.  AARP recently announced that AARP employees would see health insurance premiums go up partially due to the impact of Obamacare.

AARP sent an email to its employees stating that premiums would increase between 8 and 13 percent.  AARP also added to avoid a 40% tax imposed by Obamacare on high-cost Cadillac insurance plans, employees would see an increase in co-pays and deductibles.  Adding costs to the employee helps avoid the additional Obamacare tax.

According to an AP article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar,  “Although the tax on so-called “Cadillac” health care plans doesn’t take effect for years, employers are already beginning to assess their potential exposure because it is hefty: at 40 percent of the value above $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for a family plan. The tax is intended as a savings measure, to prod employers and workers into more cost-efficient plans.”

I irony and justice in this is that the AARP pushed for and endorsed the passage of Obamacare which included the Cadillac Insurance Tax that is pushing up AARP employee’s health care costs.

The interesting thing here is that Obamacare was supposed to lower our health insurance costs.  To help pay for Obamacare, the government impossed the Cadillac Insurance plan tax.  With employers passing on the cost of that tax to employees, not only will the costs to employees go up, but the government will fall short on paying for the massive cost of Obamacare.  Heck of a job federal government.

According to a post by Michelle Malkin, we can probably expect to see AARP request a waiver to the Obamacare plan that AARP helped jam down our throats.  The question is, where do we get our waivers from Obamacare?

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