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Bankruptcy Solution: Obamacare

Posted By admin On July 29, 2013 @ 10:23 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

MONICA DAVEY and ABBY GOODNOUGH
NY Times [1]
July 29, 2013

As Detroit enters the federal bankruptcy process, the city is proposing a controversial plan for paring some of the $5.7 billion it owes in retiree health costs: pushing many of those too young to qualify for Medicare out of city-run coverage and into the new insurance markets that will soon be operating under the Obama health care law.

Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers.

Similar proposals that could shift public sector retirees into the new insurance markets, called exchanges, are already being planned or contemplated in places like Chicago; Sheboygan County, Wis.; and Stockton, Calif. While large employers that eliminate health benefits for full-time workers can be penalized under the health care law, retirees are a different matter.

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[1] NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/29/us/detroit-looks-to-health-law-to-ease-costs.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=2&

[2] State laying groundwork for managed bankruptcy for Detroit: http://www.prisonplanet.com/state-laying-groundwork-for-managed-bankruptcy-for-detroit.html

[3] GM CEO: Bankruptcy Likely; Firm May Leave Detroit: http://www.prisonplanet.com/gm-ceo-bankruptcy-likely-firm-may-leave-detroit.html

[4] Americans ‘Don’t Care’ About GM, Bankruptcy-Stung Detroit Says: http://www.prisonplanet.com/americans-%e2%80%98don%e2%80%99t-care%e2%80%99-about-gm-bankruptcy-stung-detroit-says.html

[5] How Obamacare Will Distort the Health-Care Market: http://www.prisonplanet.com/how-obamacare-will-distort-the-health-care-market.html

[6] Congressman Asks Obama For “Immediate Support” With Detroit Bankruptcy: http://www.prisonplanet.com/congressman-asks-obama-for-immediate-support-with-detroit-bankruptcy.html

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