Sccess Stories Under Obamacare

Babba

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I thought we needed a thread for stories we come across that counter the narrative that the new health care law is such a failure.
 
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Babba

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Under Obamacare, Disney World Will Promote Its Part-Time Workers To Full-Time Status

Walt Disney Co. announced on Wednesday that it is offering full-time employment to the 427 part-time employees at its Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida who work at least 30 hours per week — the threshold at which the Affordable Care Act requires large employers with 50 or more workers to offer basic health benefits to employees or risk paying a $2,000 per employee fine after the first 30 workers.

Disney already offers a level of health coverage that is acceptable under Obamacare to its full-time employees. But part-time workers, including those who work at the 30-hour cutoff set by the health law, receive more limited benefits. Instead of rolling back these workers’ hours to avoid expanding their health coverage, Disney is choosing to promote them to full-time status.

“Disney wants to be proactive,” said Ed Chambers, president of the Service Trades Council union that represents tens of thousands of Orlando Disney employees, in an interview with Bloomberg News. “Disney is way out in front on this.”

That’s a striking departure from some retail and service sector firms that have used Obamacare’s employee coverage requirement as an excuse to cut hours and benefits. While the vast majority of firms are not engaging in such tactics, high-profile stories about companies that do adopt that approach tend to dominate media coverage.

In fact, Disney’s decision tracks with a recent survey of chief financial officers at large American firms finding that American companies actually intend to increase their number of full-time employees by almost 2 percent over the next year, despite repeated claims by Obamacare critics that the reform law will create a part-time economy, discourage hiring, or encourage employers to roll back workers’ hours to avoid Obamacare.
Under Obamacare, Disney World Will Promote Its Part-Time Workers To Full-Time Status | ThinkProgress
 
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Babba

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Meet Butch Matthews, A Republican Who Came To Love Obamacare After Realizing It Will Save Him $13,000

Matthews was self-employed between 1997 and 2010, meaning he had to purchase his own plan on the individual market. He chose a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan for himself and his wife that charged a $250 per month premium and had a $2,000 deductible. But the price of that policy kept rising even as it covered fewer of his costs, eventually devolving into his current rate of $1,069 per month with a $10,000 deductible. At this point, it doesn’t even cover his medication or doctors’ visits — particularly concerning considering he had to have two stents placed in his heart in 2006.

“I do not work now, I’m 61, and we do have assets saved up. But still, to come up with that $1,069 per month….” he said, trailing off. “I went to Blue Cross Blue Shield, and they don’t even sell that plan anymore, but I could not change it to anything else. So I was locked in with it.”

That all changed once Obamacare’s state-level marketplaces opened to the public on Tuesday. Matthews knew that, at his income level, the law would help him pay for insurance. But even he might not have expected just how good of a deal he could get: his new coverage will cost him absolutely nothing in monthly premiums after factoring in federal subsidies, and has a deductible of $750.

“Which is a lot different from $10,000,” he pointed out, laughing.

The mid-level “Silver” policy that he picked out also offers a significantly better benefits package. “It’s a lot better plan,” Matthews said. His old plan was considered to be “Bronze” and had much higher co-pays. Under Obamacare, when Matthews visits a doctor, it will no longer cost him around $150. It will cost $8.
Meet Butch Matthews, A Republican Who Came To Love Obamacare After Realizing It Will Save Him $13,000 | ThinkProgress
 
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Under Obamacare, Disney World Will Promote Its Part-Time Workers To Full-Time Status



Under Obamacare, Disney World Will Promote Its Part-Time Workers To Full-Time Status | ThinkProgress
The offer was made to staffers who put in more than 1,500 hours in the past year, the threshold at which employers will be required to offer coverage, said Ed Chambers, president of the Service Trades Council, which represents 37,000 at Disney parks in Orlando. Other companies are reducing hours to avoid the mandate.

Disney Offers Full-Time to Park Staff as Obamacare Starts - Bloomberg
 

Devil505

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I'd argue that the intent of this thread is to allow ACA supporters to point out successes.There are plenty of Obamacare bashing threads & I'd hate to see Babba's topic deliberately derailed with the same "Town Hall Shouting down" theatrics that we saw at the beginning of the ACA debate.

Staff will have to decide but I think derailing efforts on this thread should be strictly moderated.
I speak for no one by myself.

The fact that the ACA marketplace has been flooded with Americans seeking affordable insurance already has put the lie to the claim that Americans don't want Obamacare.
 
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i'd argue that the intent of this thread is to allow aca supporters to point out successes.there are plenty of obamacare bashing threads & i'd hate to see babba's topic deliberately derailed with the same "town hall shouting down" theatrics that we saw at the beginning of the aca debate.

Staff will have to decide but i think derailing efforts on this thread should be strictly moderated.
I speak for no one by myself.

The fact that the aca marketplace has been flooded with americans seeking affordable insurance already has put the lie to the claim that americans don't want obamacare.
lol.....
 
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