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Vox: Why losing your employer health insurance is now good news



Sarah Kliff today: https://t.co/ZyhA2IDwMi Sarah Kliff in 2011: http://t.co/gRFJTGuHBMpic.twitter.com/8sISPE169O

— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) October 8, 2014

@justkarl @JimmyPrinceton Are you saying a JuiceVoxer is both two-faced and disingenuous and not especially intelligent?

— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) October 8, 2014

Back in 2011 Sarah Kliff wrote this about the effects of Obamacare:

The cost of switching to an insurance exchange

For the employer, dropping coverage is a pretty decent deal: A company would see its health care costs reduced by over 40 percent. They don’t drop to zero, however, since the employer would still be on the hook for the fines that come along with not offering coverage.

But for the employee, it’s a pretty lousy deal. Lockton ran the numbers, using data on how much employers pay for health insurance now and how much health insurance on the exchanges is projected to cost.They found that employers foot a significantly larger chunk of the insurance bill than the federal government would, even with the new subsidies they’d receive. The firm predicts their premiums would increase anywhere from 79 to 125 percent if they lose employer coverage and have to go to the exchange. There’s such a big variation because exchange subsidies vary by income: Those who earn less are eligible for a larger subsidy.

But today…

Tens of thousands of Walmart workers are about to lose their health insurance — and here's why it's good news: http://t.co/EUmHPxyVus

— Vox (@voxdotcom) October 8, 2014

Sarah Kliff’s new outlook on low wage employees losing their insurance coverage.

There are obvious benefits to getting health insurance at work. For one, employer-sponsored insurance is not taxed, meaning that every dollar of compensation provided as medical coverage stretches further. Individual market plans, meanwhile, are purchased with post-tax dollars. The only way to get in on the tax exemption is to buy coverage at work.

But for low-wage workers, Obamacare  has introduced a new and big drawback to the employer  insurance. Namely, anybody who gets access to affordable coverage at work is barred from getting subsidies through the new exchanges. This is even true for people who don’t buy insurance at work; just the act of getting offered employer coverage blocks individuals from using getting financial help.

.@voxdotcom Because they'll become dependents of the state. #savedyouaclick

— Rob Sterling (@Mr_Sterling) October 8, 2014

Sane ppl: We shld make it easier for biz to create good-paying full-time jobs @voxdotcom : part-time work &subsidies to barely get by–yay!

— Krystle (@TarheelKrystle) October 8, 2014

I'm wondering when @voxdotcom will realize that their piece confirmed what the right predicted before "A"CA passage: expensive & costs jobs

— Krystle (@TarheelKrystle) October 8, 2014

.@voxdotcom You are awful people.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) October 8, 2014

@NumbersMuncher @voxdotcom It's amazing how many things Vox can spin into "good news"

— Maxwell (@maxplaining) October 8, 2014

@exjon @voxdotcom just imagine them 8 years ago "4.6% unemployment, and why that's a bad thing"

— The Krackerjam (@KeviKev10) October 8, 2014

@voxdotcom More people are getting herpes – and here's why thats good.

— FT (@FauxToure) October 8, 2014

@exjon @voxdotcom Vox is going bankrupt. Here's why it's good news.

— Shoebart (@theshoebart) October 8, 2014

If only.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/08/vox-why-losing-your-employer-health-coverage-is-good-news/

‘Moral Mobday’: Ferguson area Walmarts targeted for protests, evacuated


#FergusonOctober protests continued Monday with a #MoralMondays Day of Civil Disobedience, which led demonstrators into at least three Ferguson-area Walmart stores to draw attention to the shooting death of John Crawford III in an Ohio Walmart in August. Police say Crawford was waving an air rifle inside the store and ignored their commands to drop his weapon and get on the ground.

Elizabeth Matthews of KSDK reports that a crowd of around 60 protesters forced the evacuation of the Maplewood, Mo., Walmart.

Crowd outside #maplewood Walmart group of about 60 @ksdknews pic.twitter.com/ma5eq6I9Xs

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) October 14, 2014

#walmart employee says the protest started inside and then the store was evacuated https://t.co/JEA97NNP7j

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) October 14, 2014

#maplewood #Walmart is closed all employees also evacuated standing outside pic.twitter.com/QAavdgDPCx

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) October 14, 2014

Some arrested here at #maplewood #walmart https://t.co/UjcLfh910r

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) October 14, 2014

Protesters were also arrested at the Ferguson, Mo., Walmart.

Arrests now at #Ferguson #walmart @ajplus #MoralMonday #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/2LjRtWxmpe

— Shadi Rahimi (@shadirahimi) October 13, 2014

Just witnessed a protestor chased, slammed against a car and led away by police officer. Protestors now yelling "boycott #walmart" @ajplus

— Shadi Rahimi (@shadirahimi) October 13, 2014

At #Ferguson walmart, about 30 protestors, now walking away pic.twitter.com/KGNMgeV2kN

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) October 13, 2014

Group at #Ferguson Walmart – police on loudspeaker asking the crowd to leave, crowd is staying put at lot entrance pic.twitter.com/flyYAfhp4E

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) October 13, 2014

Chanting "they think it's a game! They think it's a joke!" Still at #ferguson walmart https://t.co/coQf3FwSKQ

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) October 13, 2014

Police line at #ferguson Walmart lot entrance – crowds standing on sidewalks chanting pic.twitter.com/35Ot8bwJSl

— Elizabeth Matthews (@ElizabethKSDK) October 13, 2014

On to another Walmart.

Shutting it down at Bridgton Walmart #MoralMonday #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/7BzxQ9HEbA

— Ryan Frank (@ryanfrank314) October 14, 2014

Bridgeton Walmart now #MoralMonday #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/go5kzhlQTS

— Umar Lee (@STLAbuBadu) October 14, 2014

"Y'all might want to call some more officers" https://t.co/bPfuQbCPtR

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) October 14, 2014

They advance on Walmart https://t.co/9mS7i0jLH2

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) October 14, 2014

"I've got my hands on my head, please don't shoot me dead" pic.twitter.com/LzIZtInyzl

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) October 14, 2014

We think #MoralMobday was a typo, but it’s too good not to use.

Chanting inside Wal-Mart #MoralMobday pic.twitter.com/AbhJnGxBR5

— Yann Schreiber (@YannSchreiber) October 14, 2014

Pictures from inside #walmart #moralmonday #fergusonoctober #Ferguson only press photographer in. For use tweet me. pic.twitter.com/LryJcNhzIK

— Yann Schreiber (@YannSchreiber) October 14, 2014

TefPoe arrested at WalMart- solidarity with John Crawford- vid soon http://t.co/Mxd9wLblVU #FergusonOctober pic.twitter.com/90tTY3BXaV

— denise reese (@denice_ruptly) October 14, 2014

Exit question:

how is keeping single moms from getting to work at wal-mart tonight and feeding their kids in any way "moral"? #MoralMonday #Ferguson

— stevemincer (@stevemincer) October 14, 2014


Y'all gotta just let some things be symbolic, people.

— Charles Wade (@akacharleswade) October 14, 2014


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/13/moral-mobday-ferguson-area-walmarts-targeted-for-protests-store-evacuated-vine/