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  •  I believe I read that HHS (1+ / 0-)
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    Liberal Mole

    wasn't going to let employers get away with this.  I wish I could recall and post a link.  If I locate the piece I will post a link later.

    •  Right (2+ / 0-)
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      Sylv, aitchdee

      I thought a company has to pay for health insurance based on the total hours the company employs people to work, not on individual hours?

    •  Could they do anything about it? (2+ / 0-)
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      Sylv, Sparhawk

      There are already fairly complex provisions in the bill that try to prevent gaming the system; I'd think that HHS would be limited to enforcing the provisions in the bill (although I haven't looked too closely at it; maybe they were delegated authority to draft anti-abuse rules)

    •  Ya Sure.... (5+ / 0-)

      By Design...

         

      The MaxTax offers this one, giant, out for corporations.

              A Medicaid-eligible individual can always choose to leave the employer’s coverage and enroll in Medicaid. In this circumstance, the employer is not required to pay a fee.

          In other words, the one way–just about the only way–a large employer can dodge responsibility for paying something for its employees is if its employees happen to qualify for Medicaid. Under MaxTax, Medicaid eligibility will be determined by one thing: whether a person makes less than 133% of the poverty rate. And who has the most control over how much a particular person makes? Their employer!

          So if Wal-Mart wanted to avoid paying anything for its employees under MaxTax, it could simply make sure that none of them made more than $14,403 a year (they’d have to do this by ensuring their employees worked fewer than 40 hours a week, since this works out to be slightly less than minimum wage). Or, a single mom with two kids could make $24,352–a whopping $11.71 an hour, working full time. That’s more than the average Wal-Mart employee made last year. So long as Wal-Mart made sure its employees applied for Medicaid (something it already does in states where its employees are eligible), it would pay nothing. Nada, zip. Nothing.

      It sure will be addressed lol....

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