UPS drops health benefits for 15,000 spouses…

UPS 1In the case of UPS, the 15,000 spouses are husbands or wives whose employers also offer health benefits. This appears to be a case where they like the plan they have (they’ve opted for the UPS plan rather than their employer plan) and can’t keep it…..

And for the 15,000 who are affected, it’s a bit simplistic to say their options are narrowing solely because of Obamacare.

UPS didn’t say the law was the only factor behind its decision. And some health-care experts argue that businesses are using Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a convenient excuse for continuing a long-term trend: straining to control the relentless rise in the cost of health benefits.

SOURCE:  UPS drops health benefits for 15,000 spouses. An Obamacare bellwhether? – CSMonitor.com.

I’m sure all those wackos in congress, especially the top nut Senator Lee is screaming that this is yet another reason to un-fund Obamacare but to me this decision just makes sense.  If we insist that our private businesses have to fund healthcare instead of like most other countries in having government take on that chore then the employers should be able to play on an even field. I’m sure UPS, like their pay scale, gives their employees a pretty strong healthcare plan. Probably much better than many.  But if a person is covered by their own employer why should they be able to insist that they spouse’s employer bear the burden of their healthcare?

As the last paragraph in the quote says there are many who are using ACA as an excuse for something they would have done anyway. The relentless rise in the cost of health benefits will never be contained as long as we have such a hodgepodge of ways of addressing this issue.  Single payer system such as we currently have with Medicare and Medicaid is the only solution to this mammoth problem.  Until we learn that lesson from the rest of the world, and even from our own systems, we will continue to burden  our employers with an  expense that their foreign competitors don’t have.

Come on UPS, don’t hide behind Obamacare as the reason you did something you should have done years ago. Call it like it is and that is a management decision. For the most part I admire UPS for how they run their business. It amazes me how they can move packages to my door in such a short amount of time.  I also admire that they pay their employees very well. Blaming Obamacare for a good business decision just tarnishes that image.