UPS Drops Some Health Benefits, Blames ObamaCare
15K spouses will lose coverage
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2013 6:58 AM CDT
United Parcel Service worker Rod Rodriguez delivers packages in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – UPS is dropping coverage for 15,000 employees' spouses, and blaming the move on the "costs associated with the Affordable Care Act." The move will only apply to spouses who have coverage through their own employers and only to non-union white-collar workers, but it's still likely to fuel debate about the controversial health care law. An internal memo obtained by Kaiser Health News and USA Today cites the law multiple times as justification, saying the change "is consistent with the way many large employers are responding" to ObamaCare.

"Since the Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide affordable coverage, we believe your spouse should be covered by their own employer," the memo adds. Many companies charge an extra fee to cover spouses employed elsewhere, but UPS is one of a small handful to ban them outright. "We don't see a lot of that out there, but more than we used to," one large insurance broker observes.

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Infidel123
Aug 23, 2013 6:30 PM CDT
WTF - Only the Muslim in Chief is allowed to blame others - They must be racists.
Devo74
Aug 23, 2013 12:50 PM CDT
UPS is dropping coverage for 15,000 employees' spouses, and blaming the move on the "costs associated with the Affordable Care Act. LOL LOL thank you Obama and your crony Liberal dribble Demigod's, more companies will follow this disaster........... OBAMACARE!!!!
jv2384
Aug 23, 2013 11:46 AM CDT
This article is honestly stupid and has no real show that ACA is to blame. They are dropping coverage for spouses who have their own coverage through their own employers in order to afford to cover the non-white collar workers to be in line with ACA. So at the end of the day, more people working for UPS are insured. They are reallocating funds in order to be in line with the current law and did so by removing coverage to people they had no obligation to cover in the first place as they are already covered.