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Thursday, August 22, 2013

UPS Ends Health Benefits For Spouses, Blames Obamacare

A line of UPS trucks in New York City. (Jeremy Vandel/Flickr)

A line of UPS trucks in New York City. (Jeremy Vandel/Flickr)

Package delivery giant UPS — the nation’s fourth-largest employer — will no longer offer health coverage for the spouses of non-unionized workers whose spouses can get insurance at their own jobs.

UPS says the move is due in part to rising health care costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare.

The move will affect coverage for the husbands and wives of about 15,000 employees and will save UPS $60 million per year.

Critics say the Affordable Care Act represents a negligible cost to big companies like UPS.

Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News, who broke the story, joins Here & Now with details.

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