Fighting Over the ACA’s Implications for Minimum Wage Workers

Don Lee's article about a Los Angeles area McDonald's cook ends up warning about the downside of raising the minimum wage and losing eligibility for CountyCare, L.A. County-subsidized health insurance. Laurel Lucia questions why the story ends there: shouldn't the article have addressed what the fry cook might have gained by access to either expanded MediCal or purchase of subsidized insurance through Covered California?

I never know what to say when the discussion about subsidized health care never considers all the options for an individual.  Yes, thinking this through will slow you down.  The fact that it takes an expert to analyze and optimize all the different coverage options is a disgrace. But surely Don Lee has heard of the Affordable Care Act and the fact that California has expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

What value is there in discussing low wage workers and health insurance options without discussing the totality of income, subsidies, and state and federal benefits. Could it be that most people won't know enough to call you out on your incomplete analysis?

2 comments

  1. The article is in the LA Times. The man discussed lives in Chicago. Your point is taken, but you might want to edit the options available to fit the story as neither Medical nor Covered California.

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  2. MAYBE THAT INSPIRED LUNATIC BERNIE SANDERS WILL SOLVE THE WHOLE STINKIN’ BUREAUCRATIC MESS BY PUSHING THROUGH MEDICARE FOR ANYONE WHO CHOOSES TO JOIN MEDICARE…WHAT A CONCEPT IN AMERICA, THE SELF-DECLARED CHAMPION OF INNOVATION AND CHOICE..

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