Shikha Dalmia in Bloomberg on How Obamacare Might Screw Detroit's Retirees


Detroit's union retirees are people too and they might get royally screwed by Obamacare. Starting Jan. 1, Kevin Orr, the emergency manager just announced, the city will stop paying for their health benefits. Instead, it'll hand retirees under age 65 a $125 monthly allowance to use to buy coverage from private plans from the exchange. Spouses and dependents won't get anything.

But Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia asks in Bloomberg View what happens if the exchanges aren't fixed before the city ends its coverage?

Go here to find out.

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  1. This seems more like “Detroit bankruptcy screwing Detroit retires” rather than “Obamacare screwing Detroit retires”. If Obamacare had never passed, Detroit wouldn’t be any more capable of affording retiree medical care and would still be likely dumping them onto the private market with a meager allowance to buy replace their coverage.

    But whatever. It’s Obamacare’s fault my corn flakes were soggy this morning too, I’m sure.

    1. how is Detroit screwing them? they get $125. Obamacare is affordable. what’s the problem?

      1. You seriously think you’d be able to insure an entire family for $125 a month if only Obamacare had not been passed?

        1. actually I don’t care if they can. FUCK THEM THAT’S WHY.

    2. This seems more like “Detroit bankruptcy screwing Detroit retires”

      Which means that it’s Detroit retirees screwing Detroit retirees.

    3. No, I’m sure it was all Booossh’s fault.

  2. “retirees under age 65”
    There’s a problem right there.

  3. I feel sorry for those retirees who did not vote for the winners of the City Council elections over the last 40 years or vote for BHO.

    For those who voted for either, I say they got what they asked for.

  4. This just keeps getting more and more delicious:

    A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.

    1. IOWs, it was designed by idjits who took no notice of traffic flow.
      Good; they deserve it.

    2. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.

      oh, that fear is already playing out and will only continue as the IT issues are ironed out. Watching the progs go into convulsions over sticker shock has been among the pleasures of the govt slowdown.

  5. …”How Obamacare Might Screw Detroit’s Retirees”
    So it’s not all bad?

  6. In the light of this, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Barack Obama administration might have to delay carrying out the law pending an overhaul of the exchange software platform.

    Click on this. I dare you, I double-dog dare you.


    It’s not broken anymore. I clicked on in it a week ago and it was broken. The web site was forcing you to set up an account before browsing the product offerings, like it was 1999. It doesn’t do that now. Those who object to the ACA, like myself, would be making a mistake by focusing on the quality of the front-end software.

    1. I can’t browse the policies without signing up.

      1. I take it back, I found a link that would give me estimates.

    2. Ezra Klein hoisted a false flag on this. He’s a very smart and easy to read.


      Knowing the company he keeps should have been enough already.

  7. Wasn’t dalmia arguing for retirees having their benefits cut?

    You can never please some people.

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