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American Airlines to reduce July flying
American Airlines says it will reduce flights in July partly because of a shortage of pilots due to more of them calling in sick.
The 1 percent reduction in July's schedule follows a 1.5 percent cutback in June, which was also blamed partly on higher usage of sick leave by pilots.
A union spokesman said Wednesday that pilots could be taking care of elective procedures before American raises their premiums and co-payments.
Gregg Overman, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, said the union doesn't track use of sick leave by its members, but he said any increase might be related to American's proposal during its bankruptcy process to make employees pay more for health care.
"Some pilots who postponed elective surgery might be going ahead before their co-payments go up and their premiums go up," Overman said.
Obamacare Makes Healthcare Less Affordable, Execs Tell House Panel
“There’s no question the PPACA has, to this date, bent the health insurance cost curve north, not south,” Edward Fensholt, senior vice president of Lockton Companies, LLC, the world’s largest privately held insurance brokerage and consulting firm, told the subcommittee. “As additional taxes, fees and mandates on employer-based health coverage come on line, we fear the health insurance affordability forecast will continue to deteriorate.”
Fensholt pointed to a number of ObamaCare mandates already in force that have increased employers’ health insurance costs by “2–3 percent.” Among these are requirements that health plans cover "children" to age 26 on their parents’ plans, ignore preexisting conditions when covering children, eliminate lifetime and some annual benefit caps, and cover various preventive services. In addition, he maintained, a new rule requiring employers to offer the same level of health coverage at the same cost to all employees will likely become so expensive that many “employers will simply have to terminate their existing group coverage” — leaving all their employees, rather than just some, uninsured.
Beginning in 2014, he noted, “health plans must reduce waiting periods to 90 days, and auto-enroll eligible full-time employees in available employer-based coverage.” Some industries, he said, have “6-month or even 12-month waiting periods” and “can expect to see significant cost increases” — perhaps as high as 25 percent — under the new mandate. Overall, Lockton’s clients are looking at a 4.4-percent cost increase as a result of this mandate.
New taxes on medical devices and third-party medical claims administrators are expected to increase group health insurance costs by an additional two to three percent, Fensholt stated.
Sure, they try to paint it as a result of a bankruptcy process but, even insurance execs admit that the Obamacare legislation is driving up prices and may force more employers to either raise premiums or drop coverage on all employees leaving them to the government run plan.
Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
I love how some people try sooooo hard to blame Obama for some things...even when the reason is exactly spelled out in the article.