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Editorial: Fix 'family glitch' in Obamacare

6:05 PM, Oct. 14, 2013  |  Comments

There's plenty wrong with the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, depending on your political viewpoint.

But there's at least one thing wrong with the health-care reform law that needs to be - and can be - fixed, if Congress can separate it from the partisan fight over the law as a whole.

It's being referred to as the "family glitch" and it threatens to cost family thousands of dollars that they don't need to spend - or leave them without health insurance at all.

Here's the problem. The law says an employee is eligible for subsidized health insurance through the new exchanges if his or her employer doesn't offer "affordable" coverage, which is defined as no more than 9.5 percent of the employee's household income. But the way the law is written, it only applies to the employee, not the employee's family. So, if an employer doesn't offer affordable family coverage, the family isn't eligible for subsidized coverage. That can cost the family a lot of extra money - or force it to go without coverage.

Fixing the glitch makes sense for both parties. For Democrats and President Barack Obama, the whole purpose of the reform law is to make sure getting health insurance is as accessible as possible. And even Republicans, who oppose the law, don't want people to spend more than they have to for coverage, whether the law exists or not, and surely don't want to prevent children from being covered.

In the midst of the current political storm, it's a long shot, but perhaps some cooler heads can get together to solve the problem, even if it's part of a bigger deal on ending the partial government shutdown or raising the federal debt ceiling.

This is one glitch no one should want to occur.

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