The drivers Tanvir Ahmed and Guy Vieux of Queens and Charbel Sfeir of New Jersey accuse the TLC of misleading them about how the funds would be spent. Originally, they believed the money would support a health-and-wellness fund for actual health-care coverage. Instead, the cabbies cried highway robbery when they learned in mid-October that the money would only be for services that help people navigate ObamaCare. The hacks note in their Manhattan Supreme Court suit filed Tuesday that the state already pays $140 million to provide those same services to the public. The 6-cents-per-ride charge would amount to a total cost of $10 to $15 million annually for the entire yellow-cab fleet, or about $300 per driver. A city law Department spokesperson said, We will review the matter, but the health-care fund provides crucial services and protections for the citys hardworking taxicab drivers. In October, TLC chief David Yassky said the fee will ensure that drivers get appropriate coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
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Escape from Obamacare
If they pick the latter (more affordable) course, theyll know they can always sign up for insurance during Obamacares next open enrollment period, no matter how sick or injured they might have gotten in the interim. Each of these choices is less appealing than the pre-Obamacare status quo. But it turns out theres a third choice. Policy experts Sean Parnell and Timothy Jost have noted a loophole in the law that could attract millions of young adultsand others as wellwho seek inexpensive insurance. Indeed, this third way short-term health insurance could provide an affordable, low-risk escape route from Obamacare. In the vast majority of states, Americans can secure health insurance for a term of up to 11 months (and usually up to 364 days), which is more than enough time to get from one Obamacare open-enrollment period to the next. Short-term insurance wasnt generally a very attractive option pre-Obamacare. Thats because it provided coverage only during a finite term.
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