Some Obamacare Enrollees Emboldened To Leave Jobs, Start Businesses

KPCC’s Stephanie O’Neill, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Until recently, Mike Smith, 64, worked 11 hours a day, Monday through Friday and then half a day on Saturday, as a district manager for a national auto parts chain -- a schedule he’s kept for nearly 40 years. Early retirement, while certainly appealing, wasn't a viable option for him because both he and his already-retired wife, Laura, also 64, relied heavily on his job-provided health insurance. ‘At our age, with some preexisting medical conditions, it would have been very costly to buy insurance on the open market - about $3,000 a month,’ he says” (O’Neill, 4/29). Read the story.

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