Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open wide and say....

'Twas nice while it lasted.

I'm no fan of dental plans in general, so this news isn't exactly heart-breaking for me, personally. Still, it's one more nail in the "pro-choice" coffin:

"The [ObamaTax] could create a new divide between consumers who have high-end dental coverage and consumers who have bare-bones dental coverage, or no dental coverage at all."

That's according to a new study from the National Association of Dental Plans (kind of AHIP for the toothy crowd). The study claims that 60% of consumers surveyed had some sort of dental plan. Frankly, I find that number dubious, at best. On the other hand, it also claims that 53% of respondents had visited the dentist in the past 6 months. Maybe.

The issue at hand is that, since the ObamaTax essentially kills the employer-based health insurance market, it will wreak ancillary havoc on the dental one. This makes some sense: dental plans per se aren't directly affected by the train wreck, but that nasty Law of Unintended consequences can be a real toothache.

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