Law a Disservice To Many Workers

Marshall County government employees enjoy good health insurance provided through the county. But the new Obamacare law is making it more expensive – unnecessarily -for taxpayers to continue doing that.

During a county commission meeting this week, County Clerk Jan Pest explained the situation. A special tax being collected under Obamacare adds about 2 percent to the county’s cost for health insurance and about 2.2 percent for prescription drug coverage, she noted.

As we have explained in the past, one facet of Obamacare is a new tax on employers, including local governments, that provide so-called “Cadillac plan” insurance. The tax deters employers from offering health insurance better than a certain level specified under Obamacare.

No doubt many employers will respond by simply reducing the quality of insurance they provide. For now, Marshall County commissioners are not going that route.

Both taxpayers and county employees ought to be furious. After all, wasn’t Obamacare supposed to help people get better, cheaper insurance?