Fact Check: UPS dropping coverage for spouses
September 25th, 2013
04:04 PM ET
10 months ago

Fact Check: UPS dropping coverage for spouses

ASSERTION:
Companies are cutting benefits because of Obamacare.

FACTS:
Several employers – including UPS, Delta, Univ of Virginia, Trader Joes, Home Depot – have recently announced changes to their employee benefits and cited Obamacare as the reason for the pullback. While it is true that Obamacare is raising costs on employers, there are other factors increasing costs, such as the improving economy. (People use more medical care when the economy is healthier.) Also, companies have been shifting costs to employees for years. While UPS will no longer provide benefits for spouses with coverage options elsewhere, it is not the first company to do so.

CNNMoney.com: Employers play Obamacare blame game

VERDICT:
Misleading. Obamacare is contributing to the benefit cuts, but is not the sole reason.


Filed under: Fact Check Obamacare • Health care
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    In other words, their reasons are not Obamacare, but Obamacare is their EXCUSE.

    September 25, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    MISLEADING: While UPS will no longer provide benefits for spouses with coverage options elsewhere, it is not the first company to do so.
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    That's a really, really bad policy. Many times a couple will have one full time worker and an on-again/off-again part timer, who spends most time with their kids. Requiring the part timer to accept the coverage when it is available, puts the part timer at risk between times of employement. It also raises the question of dependent children, and which working parent can or cannot, must or must not, cover the kids on their eimployment plan.

    September 25, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Tom

    Thank you for doing some actual research. Most of the attacks on the Affordable Care Act seem to be misleading in some way. The bill is by no means perfect, but I think it's a much better foundation than people realize. If only Republicans would devote some energy to making the law better rather than constantly devising schemes to repeal it the country would be much better served.

    September 25, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. lolo

    The devil always tells lies to scare people and get them to do the dirty work and the GOP are no different. They fell in lockstep with the TP'ers and now can't control them. As long as they got their votes they lookd the other way. These companies were probably promised something from the GOP to come to the media and say this. They will do anything to defeat the President and that is a fact.

    September 25, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Data Driven

    FACT! - Obamacare is not to blame for the greed of corporations!

    September 25, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tom

    Thank you for doing some actual research. Most of the attacks on the Affordable Care Act seem to be misleading in some way. The bill is by no means perfect, but I think it's a much better foundation than people realize. If only Republicans would devote some energy to making the law better rather than constantly devising schemes to repeal it the country would be much better served.
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    that would require them to use sources that have not been vetted by Rupert Murdoch

    September 25, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. banderson875

    You liberals are unbelievable! How many times can something be "grey" before you'll admit that this bill is garbage? This article even says "rates are going up because of obamacare" Seems like it was just yesterday that you guys were spouting that costs would come down? Just look around, not just on cnn or msnbc, Ever hear of the Cleavland clinic? cutting jobs directly because of this bill. this is just the tip of the ice burg, I can't wait until all the unintended consequences kick in, but you still won't admit that this bill is BAD NEWS! WAKE UP!! There are better ways to fix healthcare. The republicans have had several ideas... but oops you probably didn't want to research those did you? because your precious cnn and msnbc didn't tell you to.

    September 25, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "that would require them to use sources that have not been vetted by Rupert Murdoch"

    Heck, who even needs researchers in the first place when you can don a tinfoil hat and sit in the back of the room huffing Glade from a plastic CVS bag while fabricating whatever deranged, delusional nightmare demagoguery pops into your addled pate?

    September 25, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. Babyboomer

    This is about greed, not Obamacare. UPS and other Corps. should be ashamed... (Especially since "Corps. are people too.")

    September 25, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sniffit & Babyboomer:

    Absolutely.

    CEOs and such in the corporate world do need their golden parachutes. Who but the little people to pay for CEO excess. I have a name for these folks, but unfortunately I can't print it and still have my comment posted.

    September 25, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |