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.
Any employer that stops offering benefits is doing their employees a favor. If your employer offers coverage to you even though it might be expensive and offer terrible benefits you can’t buy on the exchange in California.
When did we ever start making it the responsibility of EMPLOYERS to offer health care to their employees? It is a lot of work for a business to shop around and find affordable plans to offer. Forcing businesses to do this on top of everything else they do to fund the economy is ridiculous.
One of the most insidious and deceptive things about this bill is it’s benign cover: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Even the name was meant to fool the people.
The way the legislation was promoted and sold should act as a wake up call for any American about the deceptive nature of the radical extremists in control of the Democrat Party. Barack Obama, Pelosi, and Reid made fantastic promises about lowering costs and making health care affordable for all Americans. They didn’t mention the loss of jobs or the extreme increase in insurance costs. They didn’t talk about how the bill would be so long and complex that people wouldn’t be able to understand it much less comply with it. They didn’t talk about the people that would lose their insurance because it would be cheaper for employers to pay a fine. they didn’t mention the various changes that would later be made to accommodate special groups.
They didn’t bother to talk about the many and terrible negative affects of the bill because that kind of honesty would not get the legislation passed…and because they never think beyond the immediate need to control through big government solutions. They also didn’t offer the people a true picture of what to expect if the bill became law because they wanted the legislation to act as a stepping stone to single payer government run healthcare! They do not care that they have created chaos and destruction in the private sector.
Beware! Rosy scenarios and utopian schemes hocked by money grubbing, control freak, communitarians in sheep’s clothing never include the unintended consequences.
Loss of freedom and autonomy, actual long-term cost, diminishing opportunity, and the blunting of creativity and choice for individual Americans mean NOTHING to these radicals.
The Congressional Budget Office projections have changed several times since the bill’s passage. Reports like this don’t offer much comfort:
And articles like this certainly give one pause:
The answer that would help Americans is repeal of big government!
Freedom from the oppressive nature of complex, controlling government oversight and bureaucracy increases the opportunity for choice. It would increase competition among those providing healthcare which would not only lower the cost to all citizens but would encourage innovation and creative solutions to problems. With control given back to patients, doctors, hospitals and insurance providers the people would gravitate toward those things and providers that provide them good care and coverage.
Please consider calling, emailing, writing, tweeting Congress to let them know this law must go.
Tina: “They didn’t mention the loss of jobs or the extreme increase in insurance costs.”
That’s because there’s little non-anecdotal evidence that either of those things are happening as a result of the law. In fact, the average hourly work week has actually gone up since the ACA passed:
Furthermore, healthcare costs are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years.
Chris: “That’s because there’s little non-anecdotal evidence that either of those things are happening as a result of the law.”
Spin spin spin spin spin! Aren’t you dizzy yet!
Jack did a stellar job of reporting on job losses…here’s more:
FreedomWorks has compiled a list of known job losses, hours lost, business closings, lost coverage:
This link filled article supplies a list of six big companies that claim job losses as a result of the cost of regulation and Obamacare (Medtronic was listed above):
As this list illustrates we will never know the numbers of jobs that will never be created…those are difficult to count.
As to costs for insurance reports have varied from state to state. PBS:
Sorry, the goal was not to offer “comparable coverage at comparable cost”…it was to bring the cost of healthcare, including premiums, down to make healthcare more affordable. That was one of the biggest selling points!
Avik Roy of Forbes sees things differently:
Dismissively calling examples I’ve given “anecdotal” doesn’t change the facts that are being reported by actual companies, actual doctors, and actual people who are faced with attempting to deal with the realities presented them because of this law…higher business expenses, job losses, loss of hours, loss of doctor, loss of insurance coverage, loss of business.
Its a mess Chris and your attempts to minimize it are insulting.
Those who warned about Obumblecare are being proved right.
Want to improve our economy? Boot Obumblecare!
Folks’ when it come to helpn’ little o’ Chris reckon things out It’s kind a like puttin’ gas in a car that you’ve already wrecked.
Sometimes I think that boy is as dubm as a cat tryin’ to look pretty in the middle of a dog festival.
On the internet I find it alarming when on one hand a person writes about corrupt media then posts some.
No matter what the issue is these days just look at who the advertisers were and the opinion will match that of the advertiser! Nothing new there!
Bottom Line Big Pharma is not happy having to actually cover people.
The Heritage Foundation drafted the original versions of the ACA.
Mitt Romney drafted a test case in Massachusetts. It was a success so the democrats wanted to try it nationally through the Clinton admin. They failed.
When Obama was elected he carried the torch and the bill was written by both parties. That is why it is so big to please them all.
I heard several unions on the record actually speak and they found a part they would like to amend. there will be stuff to iron out as congress can never pass a simple bill and please all the donors.
The blogs quoted are not credible media. If it’s on the internet it must be true! LOL
Actually let us get rid of employer paid healthcare. they dangle it like a carrot, pay lower wages then eventually you end up paying most the premium for any decent coverage.
May I suggest it is the law of the land. Supreme court upheld it as constitutional. When people are asked about sections they agree. let us iron it out.
Fact is the public knows very little about the actual bill. Fear mongering over rides any attempt to actually explain the bill.
In fact the insurance companies are on the exchanges. California has a decent selection. It is not government healthcare unless you are on medicaid.
A person with health Insurance may keep their insurance or shop.
Children under 26 may stay on their parents ins.
No longer can they kick you off the insurance when you actually need to use it.
80% of the premiums must be used for healthcare and 20% may be profit…
OOH OK! There is the problem ….too much healthcare not enough profit..Ok I get it
Facts should be the basis of discussion not donor paid propaganda.
Dewey like many people you refuse to see the end game, single payer, that will be the result and was cooked into the cake from the beginning behind closed doors.
ANY healthcare nationalized plan would resemble the plan created by Heritage (Progressives borrow ideas and then turn them into centrally planned control mechanisms). I repeat any plan would resemble the heritage plan; that doesn’t make the final bill created behind closed doors and passed without a single Republican vote…the Heritage or the Romney plan. The differences make all the difference!
Romneycare was a state plan. If you didn’t like it you could move! There are other differences but that’s the one that is the most obvious.
Your argument about big pharma or any other big corporation is meaningless since Obamacare will only eliminate competition and make your supposed concerns worse..much worse in time!
Anyone that favors nationalizing anything is deluded to think that it will eliminate the powerful…it will eliminate the opportunities to become part of the powerful and elite…those who don’t fit will be eliminated.
And if you think you will have more healthcare wait a few years…long wait times and treatments being disallowed are in store for Americans.
haven’t you heard? the plan is to move America to third world status…shared misery is the goal.
May I add I am not a complete fan of the ACA but see it as a path to a conversation. By ironing out the ACA maybe we can explore single payer and remove employer paid healthcare.
After seeing the Blunt/Rubio bill that fortunately failed the congress that would be a good step.
Employer paid healthcare is not the answer.
Sorry did not see your comment. I do not see a problem.
You do not have to change your healthcare. You are entitled to remain with your current plan under the ACA so I see no problem.
I do see the end game. I see it in the international spectrum. The same problems are everywhere. I am keeping informed.
There seems to be a misunderstanding. The ACA is not government healthcare. It is healthcare reform. The insurance companies are competing under the same rules.
Maybe it would be helpful to point out the section of the bill you are discussing and your issues with it. ya see i have not read the whole bill, have some issues with it, but have been studying the actual bill relying on no media propaganda.
I will say I am in favor of single payer. personal responsibility. Employer plans are rigged for you to pay anyway
I agree employer paid healthcare is not the answer but at least it was not mandated by government..unless you count public unions as government.
Single payer would be worse! Talk about creating a huge monopoly! What the heck would act as the trigger to keep costs down? Hint: NOTHING!
I believe that is the exact condition that leads to absolute tyranny!
maybe, maybe not. But healthcare solely for profit is not either. Tina I had the best Blue cross PPO money could buy. When I needed surgery the doctors milked every penny out of it for a year before they put me on the table for original complaint.
One year of every test on the books. The doctors plain out ripped off the insurance company and I was too sick to know. neglect for my well being for money.
The ACA is the law. That is all I am saying. This is good we can iron it out to something better than this shareholder rip off we call healthcare.
Discussion is good!
P.S.there is no enforceable penalty to those who want to opt out. that is a hidden secret in the bill.
“I believe that is the exact condition that leads to absolute tyranny!”
Single payer healthcare has existed in the UK since the 1940s, by that commie bastard Winston Churchhill. They are still waiting for “absolute tyranny.” I guess we should give it another 70 years, just in case Tina’s paranoid fears turn out to be right.
The tyranny of long waiting lists, denied care, filthy conditions and high death rates may not be the gulog but it is tyranny.
America has been the ONLY country that isn’t derived from feudalism/socialism. Wake up you fool! If we join the entire world in that direction…and we are well on the way…the likes of Mr Putin will in fact eventually become the “ruler” in your life.
Freedom. It’s important!
dewey sorry to hear about your troubles.
The problems began when government got in the healthcare business via Medicare and unions negotiated for healthcare benefits from their employers. That changed the nature of insurance which was originally something people purchased to protect themselves against unusual high cost healthcare events. It was NEVER meant to cover all of our medical needs.
Further government regulation and intervention has eliminated competition among insurers and created monopolies within individual states. The insurance companies lobbied for these advantages in exchange for regulations that would prevent harmful regulations and protect their business.
Government regulations should be neutral, specific and simple to understand, and designed to protect citizens against abuses and harm. This would foster competition and keep costs down.
The ACA is crap and there is all kinds of corporate and organizational collusion involved in its implementation.
If you are who you say you are you cannot be in favor of this law. it will lead to more of what you say happened to you, not less.
“Your argument about big pharma or any other big corporation is meaningless since Obamacare will only eliminate competition.”
Again, you simply don’t know what you’re talking about. If you want to supply Kaiser (or any large provider of actual healthcare, as opposed to insurance) with aspirin, you gotta give them the best price.
Where did you get the idea that would change?
Kaiser was already getting the best price for aspirin because they can buy in bulk. The government regulation to give every patient aspirin from an individual single container drove the cost of aspirin up. Before that they could buy in gallon containers and dispense in a paper cup…much cheaper!
In reality your “lesson” about aspirin has NOTHING to do with the original point or my response.