Investors Business Daily did a nice job showing companies laying off workers and cutting full time jobs to part time in advance of the mandatory health insurance law aka ObamaCare aka The Affordable Healthcare Act aka The Un-Affordable Healthcare Act.
The job layoffs, cut hours and jacked up insurance cost for families is going to be the kick in the butt dummies that supported this debacle need to wise up. As long in the planning as it has been there is still a stunning lack of preparation. Despite assurances from the White House to contrary, the higher than expected administrative costs, high healthcare premiums, and job losses make this look adventure look as though it could be our most colossal government boondoggle of all time.
Conservatively speaking, I expect ObamaCare to be many times more costly than the current record holder for waste, Homeland Security. Oddly enough, neither ObamaCare or Homeland came by way of a mandate from the voters. Polling on ObamaCare has always had low polling and Homeland Security, well, there was virtually no polling and no voting, it was merely imposed on us because we were told we absolutely needed it to effectively fight terrorism. As it’s turned out, Homeland has done nothing but sucked up hundreds of billions of our tax dollars. Should we expect any better from ObamaCare? I think not.
IBD reported, “Blame Game: Everybody who dislikes ObamaCare is being duped by GOP propaganda, says President Obama. That must include all those unions calling it a disaster, and all those who’ve lost jobs and pay because of the law.
Telemundo, the only news outlet that appears willing to ask Obama a tough question, pressed him this week about polls showing most Americans oppose ObamaCare. “Is everybody wrong?” the host asked.
“Yes, they are,” Obama responded. The problem, he said, isn’t his law. It’s the Republicans who’ve spent billions of dollars misinforming people. Of course Obama didn’t mention the Kings ransom he’s spent promoting Obamacare.
This week, the prestigious Cleveland Clinic announced plans to lay off as many as 3,000 workers “to prepare for health care reform.” And hundreds of franchise owners came to Washington to explain how ObamaCare’s employer mandate will force many of them to cut worker hours to avoid its massive costs.
Last week, Connecticut’s Lawrence and Memorial Hospital cut dozens of jobs, citing “massive structural change” brought on by ObamaCare. More than a dozen other hospitals have recently announced job cuts.
That same week, the AFL-CIO voted overwhelmingly for a resolution calling ObamaCare “highly disruptive,” despite concerted efforts on the part of the White House to convince labor leaders not to do so.
Other unions have been far less polite.
Then there are the jobs killed by ObamaCare’s excise tax on medical devices. Last fall, device maker Stryker Corp. laid off 1,170 workers because of that tax — which both Democrats and the GOP are now trying to repeal.
IBD has been cataloguing businesses, public institutions and local governments that have cut jobs or worker hours specifically citing ObamaCare. That list is now more than 250.
Other companies are cutting benefits for part-time workers, spouses, early retirees or their entire workforce, because of ObamaCare. Every one of those workers has a good reason to want the law killed.
On top of this, the public may be noticing the growing pile of ObamaCare’s broken promises. Among them:
Family premiums haven’t gone down by $2,500 annually, as Obama repeatedly said they would. They’ve gone up $2,976.
(Read More At Investor’s Business Daily: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/091813-671589-obama-tries-to-blame-gop-for-obamacare-failures.htm#ixzz2feXYJexb )
Closer to home, ObamaCare costs are costing jobs at John Muir(1) hospital in Concord. I just heard they are about to layoff several hundred CNA’s much to the chagrin of their RN’s who must take up the slack. Similarly Feather River Hospital is antipating staff lay offs for the same reason. I can’t speak about Enloe, but I would be surprised if they are not following the other area hospitals and businesses being forced to cut hours and layoff employees.
Education is one area that is seeing significant cuts. I find that very interesting given Obama’s past comments about supporting education.
From US News and World Reports: By 2019 it expected hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies would undergo a 15 percent reduction.
For a sector that employs more than 5.5 million people, according to the American Hospital Association, the numbers are likely to get worse. The pattern of layoffs and buyouts has already begun. SouthCoast Hospital Group in Florida cited federal health reform when it laid off 100 employees in mid-September. John Muir Health in California is offering staff voluntary buyouts. NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois will lay off 1 percent of its workforce, and Covenant Health in Texas laid off 49 employees.
(1) In the second cost-cutting announcement in a week, John Muir Health — which runs hospitals in Walnut Creek and Concord — announced Thursday it is offering voluntary severance packages to its employees, hoping to save money by trimming about 200 full-time positions in anticipation of falling revenues once Obamacare takes effect.
“We’re being paid less, and we either stick our head in the sand or make changes for the future so patients can continue to access us for their care,” said John Muir Health spokesman Ben Drew.
With the Affordable Care Act coverage set to start next year, Drew said the nonprofit health care system expects a shift from government payments for each service to a set amount of overall care for a patient, which will lower revenues.