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(Fox Business)   Walgreens offers cash to 160,000 employees purchase their own health insurance plans. Or as health benefits are known to Walgreens workers, "Aisle 3"   ( foxbusiness.com) divider line
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2013-09-20 07:21:38 AM  
Yep, I heard about this yesterday from our cosmetician. She said something about "that damn Obama" and I stopped listening.

It's really nice that we heard about it in the news before hearing about it through e-mails/Compass/Walgreens World. Now we have 160,000 confused employees.
 
2013-09-20 07:32:55 AM  
Ya,, fffuuuuuuuu obuttma


Money that use to go to buying prepositions now has to go to healthcare.
 
2013-09-20 07:50:33 AM  
For the amount they pay their cashiers it would be cheaper for them to buy on the exchanges.  At least Walgreens is doing the right thing and giving them the money that they would have paid instead of just keeping it and saying f-off.
 
2013-09-20 09:46:47 AM  

TNel: For the amount they pay their cashiers it would be cheaper for them to buy on the exchanges.  At least Walgreens is doing the right thing and giving them the money that they would have paid instead of just keeping it and saying f-off.


They haven't said how much they are giving them...and if it will increase year by year as inflation accrues.

I am betting its a fixed cost, that us adequate today, but in a few years will be nothing.

Bonuses all around!
 
2013-09-20 11:55:57 AM  

mcreadyblue: TNel: For the amount they pay their cashiers it would be cheaper for them to buy on the exchanges.  At least Walgreens is doing the right thing and giving them the money that they would have paid instead of just keeping it and saying f-off.

They haven't said how much they are giving them...and if it will increase year by year as inflation accrues.

I am betting its a fixed cost, that us adequate today, but in a few years will be nothing.

Bonuses all around!


The company said next year it will pay the same amount it did the current year. No idea what that amount is, but if you can shop around for a cheaper insurance plan, you may be able to save some money. Five years down the road, who knows what that amount will be.

Also, this may be the first time everyone gets to see how the ACA will work. I'm guessing the nightmare hasn't even started.
 
2013-09-20 01:18:16 PM  

mcreadyblue: TNel: For the amount they pay their cashiers it would be cheaper for them to buy on the exchanges.  At least Walgreens is doing the right thing and giving them the money that they would have paid instead of just keeping it and saying f-off.

They haven't said how much they are giving them...and if it will increase year by year as inflation accrues.

I am betting its a fixed cost, that us adequate today, but in a few years will be nothing.

Bonuses all around!


If my job would give me what they pay for insurance I would drop and go on the exchange and not expect the amount to go up each year with inflation shiat that would be more than the zero raise we get yearly now.
 
2013-09-20 06:09:42 PM  

TNel: For the amount they pay their cashiers it would be cheaper for them to buy on the exchanges.  At least Walgreens is doing the right thing and giving them the money that they would have paid instead of just keeping it and saying f-off.


Personal philosophy I find the idea of your employer providing healthcare to generally be abhorrent.  There are limited exceptions - sports teams, remote locations, but in general I think that healthcare should be provided by yourself, government, or maybe a third party such as a trade union(where you can work for companies X,Y, or Z and still be with the same union) that is paid to represent YOUR interests.

People move jobs more than ever, and changing plans is still a huge hassle.  They should generally follow you, much like car insurance, unless you move out of their service area, your needs change, or you find a better deal.
 
2013-09-20 08:25:47 PM  
Firethorn: People move jobs more than ever, and changing plans is still a huge hassle.  They should generally follow you, much like car insurance, unless you move out of their service area, your needs change, or you find a better deal.

This. I have no idea why a certain political party keeps trotting out that "family doctor" thing, because there's no such thing anymore. If you change jobs, you nearly always have to change doctors. And those doctors do not share records, so you have no solid way of tracking your own medical history (unless you request and actually get copies of every document the medicos generate about you).

/One of the things I like about VA healthcare is that your records do follow you, even when you see a different doctor at a different hospital.
 
2013-09-20 11:09:36 PM  
The GOP is completely terrified of this law.  It is going to be hillarious to watch them run around shrieking as they realize the rubes in their base are going to finally figure out how screwed they have been for decades.
 
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