On the retiree issue, I am not sure why it is happening now. But I can tell you that my father in law who is retired was just notified by a fortune 500 company the same thing as is being discussed.
I'm not sure but I smell a rat somewhere.On the retiree issue, I am not sure why it is happening now. But I can tell you that my father in law who is retired was just notified by a fortune 500 company the same thing as is being discussed.
Of course alot of us here in the real world knew that premiums were going to sky rocket. I seem to remember being called a hack and a racist for opposing the bill.
Healthcare premiums will go down when the insurance companies that friviously raise their premiums realize that they will not be eligible to be apart of the new pool of clients under the government plan. These raises, I feel are nothing more than attempts to scare the public into returning the insurance game back to the conditions that favor the insurance companies over patients. As far as companies dumping retirees, I see this as a good thing. Companies cannot afford to continue to be competitive while being responsible for healthcare of those it no longer employs, this is insane. If anything, it should help in corporations being able to give better raises to working individuals as they will no longer be burdened with lifetime healthcare costs of employees.
As far as retirees getting dumped. Again a major promise by our president was that if you liked your insurance you would be able to keep it. Now it is a good idea for people to lose their insurance to make companies more profitable!
With logic like this from someone who is probably better informed than the average person, well as the saying goes:
" People get the government they deserve".
When the President said that you can keep your employer based insurance, I should think he meant for those who were currently employed, or paying for their own plans. Expecting companies to continually cover people for life, even as the cost of insurance goes-up is ludicrous.
Finally, I simply do not understand people who defend the current system when the US is one of the lowest nations in life-expectancy, infant mortality, and many other areas of healthcare when compared to other nations such as Japan, that possess universal healthcare completely ran by the government. Do we want poor healthcare overall for a high price so that a minority of rich can have the best while everyone else gets some of the worst, and we can call it "market-driven?"