Traveler says the airlines will help pay for his vacation package, including his hotel and plane ticket
A Washington Post article Traveler Josh Wiltjer says he’s not sure if he can afford to go on a family vacation in the next few weeks after the Affordable Care Act took effect.
Wiltjer said he plans to buy a house in the area and to take the family dog for a short visit, but his plan could be put on hold if he doesn’t get health insurance for the trip.
“I am thinking about going to New York City and maybe the Bahamas,” Wiltjers father said.
“If it’s too expensive, maybe I can save up a little bit of money and go to the Bahamas or something like that.”
Wiltjer said he’s working on his own business to help him pay for the cost of the trip, including a trip to New Jersey, which will cost more than $500 a day, even with the tax breaks.
He said he has no idea if he’ll be able to afford the trip without the tax credits.
“It’s not like I can buy my own plane ticket or something, I’m not sure that I can afford it,” Wilsjers mother said.
Wiltderys mother said the tax benefits that the government gives are great for the wealthy, but she said she worries about her family if they aren’t insured.
“I think it would be too expensive,” she said.
In a statement, Travelers Association President and CEO Jennifer Reiter said the travel insurance companies are already working to help cover the costs of Wiltderies trip.
“We’ve worked with Travelers for over three years to provide comprehensive travel insurance for our members,” she wrote.
“Travelers has always provided comprehensive insurance that provides coverage for their members and guests, regardless of their income level.
We continue to work with our member organizations to ensure that they have coverage for all members, including those who are in need of coverage.”
Reiter said many of Travelers insurance policies are available for the first time this year, and Travelers has added the option for family members to enroll in a plan.
“Travelers is committed to providing affordable health care coverage to all its members and to making sure they are covered when they need it most,” Reiter wrote.