Cumberland Times-News

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November 3, 2012

Why do you think it won’t take effect until after the election?

Effective Jan. 1, 2013 Goodyear will no longer offer company-sponsored group health plan for Medicare-eligible retirees (www.extendhealth.com/goodyear).

As a result Goodyear will change the way Medicare-eligible retirees and their Medicare-eligible covered dependents receive supplemental health care coverage.

Instead of receiving your coverage through Goodyear’s retirees group plan you will be able to chose from a selection of individual plans from the private sector.

This means my wife and I, who have been covered under Goodyear insurance for over 47 years and my mother covered over 90 years will lose our medical insurance. We can thank President Obama for losing  the Goodyear health plan. Under Obamacare, it will be less expensive to drop the health plan and pay the penalty (tax). Goodyear will save millions of dollars by making this move.

Obamacare goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014. In 2013 employers and unions will be making decisions to get out of the health care business. In doing so they can save a lot of money.

Why do you think they made Obamacare affective after the 2012 election?

Jack Atkinson

Swanton

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