Video: Walgreens to dump employee coverage for 160,000

Remember “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan”? For 160,000 employees of Walgreens, that’s now old and busted.  The new hotness will be receiving a flat-rate bonus to spend in private exchanges in order to get out from under the costs of health insurance as ObamaCare rolls out: Walgreen Co. (WAG), the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, will move its workers into a private health insurance exchange to buy company-subsidized coverage, the latest sign of how the debate over Obamacare is accelerating a historic shift in corporate health-care coverage.

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Two new polls show ObamaCare as unpopular as ever

The start date for compliance with the individual mandate in ObamaCare is two weeks from tomorrow, and four in ten uninsured Americans still don’t know that the law requires them to buy a plan.  Even among those in the know — or perhaps especially among the informed — the Affordable Care Act remains unpopular, and opposition is deepening in two new polls released today.  The NBC/WSJ poll puts opposition in the plurality, but the trend lines are not improving for the White House:

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Slate: Only bad people won’t sacrifice their children on altar of public education, or something

We still have four more months left in 2013, but we may have found a winner for the single most vapid column of the year, courtesy of Slate. Allison Benedikt wrote a “manifesto” which appeared on their site today demanding that parents stop using private schools for their children, because — and I am not making this up — putting more children in failing schools is the path to improvement.  Benedikt begins her argument by pronouncing herself ignorant on education policy, and proceeds to demonstrate a nearly endless supply of ignorance throughout the rest of the article. Actually, I’ve gotten ahead of myself.  She starts off her argument by pronouncing anyone who does not put their children in public schools a “bad person”:

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Public sector cutting hours due to ObamaCare, too

It’s been quite a week for ObamaCare, and we’re not even to the end of it yet.  First we find out that the White House missed half of the statutory deadlines in the bill and still has almost half of them left unaccomplished.  Next, UPS canceled spousal coverage because of the ACA, which will save it $60 million in costs, and CNBC described how employees might start petitioning their bosses to drop health insurance in order to score taxpayer-funded subsidies.  The AFL-CIO in Nevada finally discovered what a bad deal they’re getting, and Gallup confirmed that the more people know about ObamaCare, the less they like it. Today, we find out that it’s not just the private sector that’s looking to recover ObamaCare costs at the expense of workers:

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UPS drops spousal coverage, teachers get hours cut due to ObamaCare

Thanks to the delayed employer mandate in ObamaCare, we are now sixteen months away from enforcement of those statutes, even though they go into effect in four months.  Are employers taking a break from ObamaCare prep?  Not hardly.  Today we have three new stories about how the perverse incentives of the ACA will impact workers, starting with UPS, which has just announced that it will stop offering health-care coverage to spouses — and explicitly cites ObamaCare as the reason (via Jim Geraghty and Jeryl Bier):

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Walker: Republicans in Washington need a plan

Governor Scott Walker offered Republican leaders in Washington some free advice this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. It’s not enough to talk tough and to obstruct — Republicans have to offer a real alternative to the administration’s agenda and a clear path to achieving it. But first, Walker invited the GOP to come to the states and learn a lesson about communications, too: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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