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Kansas town's employees lose health care coverage due to Obamacare

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President Obama's spokesman claims Obamacare only eliminates "substandard" health insurance plans, but the city workers in a small Kansas town likely disagree.

"I simply wanted you to know the pain this is causing me and my staff in losing the terrific health coverage we had through Blue Cross Blue Shield in exchange for worse coverage at a higher price," Bel Aire, Kan., City Manager Ty Lasher wrote in a letter to Rep. Mike Pompeo.

"As you know, it is difficult to present dedicated employees with declining health coverage with a higher premium," Lasher said in his letter to the Kansas Republican.

Lasher said full-time and part-time employees have lost their coverage.

Lasher's comments contradict White House press secretary Jay Carney's claim that the estimated five million individual health insurance policies plans that have been cancelled in recent weeks were "substandard plans that don't provide minimum services."

Lasher said every alternative, Obamacare-mandated option costs more than the plan the city employees previously enjoyed.

BCBS told the city workers that their group health care plan would no longer be available due to the health care law.

Even a regulation designed to expand coverage for part-time workers — the one that defines "full-time" as 30 hours — backfired.

“Now, BCBS said they will not cover anyone unless they work more than 30 hours per week," Lasher said. "Therefore, those part-time employees will now lose their health coverage."

He also said "we were told if more than 25 percent of our ineligible employees choose to go elsewhere for their insurance, they will drop us, and all of our employees will have to go to the insurance exchange."

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