Monday, September 16, 2013

Obamacare: Trader Joe's Explanation On How It Is Changing How It Covers Its Crew Members

Obamacare got you scared?  With the media itself confused and talking heads going for the worse case scenarios on cable news, you'd think the Affordable Care Act was only designed to screw Americans.  Personally, I like that people who do their best to stay health and, if they get sick, don't have to worry about going bankrupted when they need to get care.  I just don't know what's the best way to go about it.

I'm sure there's a middle ground.  Whatever it is, here is one company's take on it without necessarily looking like it's trying to screw employees out of benefits.  It's Trader Joe's.  

It's a must read (Washington Post).  The gist is that Joe is trying to explain to someone who write it about a supposed cut in health care benefits.  It offered a couple of examples why it did what it did and was honest about who was going to get screwed by its changes under the law.  

I'm sure when President Obama and his team tried to craft and pass the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare if you prefer), I really don't think they were looking to screw over anyone.  Nor do I think they see this as a perfect solution.  I'm sure they believe that they were doing what they thought was best for most Americans.  

Having said that, those opposing it likely thought they too were trying to do what they thought was best for America.  

Unfortunately, politics is also at play.  

We're weeks away from the full force of Obamacare happening.  Look for lots more politics and confusion.  Look for a lot of scare tactics and rosy pictures painted for you.  At the end of the day, it's the law of the land and you have to educate yourself, see where your (and your family's) health fits into all this, and choose. That's your job.  No one else can do that for you.

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