Why NO OBAMA CARE !!!!!! Unintended consequences
- Bruce Majors WWP Email Member and libertarian activist (majors.bruce@...) Hello All,
Just in case you are wondering why we are fighting so hard with the
President and Harry Reid the answers are below. If someone ask you why we
fought to get rid of Obama Care here are 100 reasons and this is just the
ones the National Review found. Please keep calling the congress asking
them to stand firm.
NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE <http://www.nationalreview.com/>
OCTOBER 1, 2013 4:00 AM
100 Unintended Consequences of Obamacare
Companies, workers, retirees, students, and spouses all suffer from the
law’s inflexible mandates.
By Andrew Johnson
Today, Obamacare’s October 1 launch date finally arrived. Ever since its
passage, supporters of the law have made countless attempts to convince the
American people of its viability, dismissing predictions of lost jobs,
decreased hours, and rising costs, among others.
Yet from major corporations to local mom-and-pop shops, from entire states
to tiny school districts, a wide range of companies and institutions have
seen Obamacare’s negative impact on their workers, budgets, and production.
Here are 100 examples of how Obamacare is falling short of what was
(Note: Some items on this list came via *Investor’s
the Heritage Foundation<http://blog.heritage.org/2013/03/11/ten-stories-of-job-loss-as-consequences-of-obamacare/>
Earlier this month, the computer giant, once famed for its paternalism,
announced it would remove 110,000 of its Medicare-eligible retirees from
the company’s health insurance and give them subsidies to purchase coverage
through the Obamacare exchanges. Retirees fear that they will not get the
level of coverage they are used to, and that the options will be
2. Delta Air Lines<http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/356638/deltas-health-care-costs-rise-100m-2014-part-because-obamacare-patrick-brennan>
In a letter to employees, Delta Air Lines revealed that the company’s
health-care costs will rise about $100 million next year alone, in large
part because of Obamacare. The airline said that in addition to several
other changes, it would have to drop its specially crafted insurance plans
for pilots because the “Cadillac tax” on luxurious health plans has made
them too expensive.
Fifteen thousand employees’ spouses will no longer be able to use UPS’s
health-care plan because they have access to coverage elsewhere. The
with the Affordable Care Act have made it increasingly difficult to
continue providing the same level of health care benefits to our employees
at an affordable cost,” the delivery giant said in a company memo. The move
is expected to save the company $60 million next year.
4. Caterpillar Inc.<http://archive.chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2010/03/caterpillar-health-care-bill-would-cost-it-100m.html>
In the law’s first year, the machinery manufacturer estimated before its
passage, Obamacare would add more than $100 million in health-care costs.
“We can ill afford cost increases that place us at a disadvantage versus
our global competitors,” a Caterpillar executive wrote lawmakers, saying
that the law would not meet the goal of providing good, inexpensive health
care for all Americans.
SeaWorld used to let part-time employees work up to 32 hours per week, but
the company is dropping the limit to 28 hours to keep them under the
30-hour threshold at which it would be required to provide health insurance
under Obamacare. More than 80 percent of the company’s thousands of
employees are part-time and/or seasonal.
6. Stryker Corp.<http://thecoloradoobserver.com/2012/11/stryker-corportation-confirms-obamacare-layoffs/>
Stryker Corp., a Michigan medical-device manufacturer, laid off about 1,000
employees earlier this year due to the Affordable Care Act’s 2.3 percent
excise tax on medical devices. The company estimated that the tax would cost it
approximately $100 million next year. “Stryker remains significantly
concerned with the upcoming medical device excise tax and its negative
impact on jobs and innovation and will continue to work with Congress to
try to repeal the tax,” said the company’s CEO.
7. Welch Allyn<http://www.mddionline.com/article/medical-device-tax-blamed-welch-allyn-layoffs>
The manufacturer announced that it will have to cut approximately 10
percent of its 2,750 employees, 275 in all, because of the medical-device
tax. The company also plans to consolidate manufacturing centers, moving
some operations from Beaverton, Ore., to its facility in Skaneateles Falls,
8. Smith & Nephew<http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/1/latest-obamacare-casualty-100-workers-smith-nephew/>
The British company informed nearly 100 employees at its Massachusetts and
Tennessee facilities that they would be laid off “in order to absorb [the]
cost burden” of the tax on medical devices.
9. Cleveland Clinic,
One of the world’s best-known hospitals announced in September that it
would slash jobs and up to 6 percent of its annual $6 billion budget in
anticipation of costs associated with Obamacare’s implementation. A
spokeswoman for the clinic announced that approximately $330 million would
be cut, but she did not say how many of the 44,000 employees the clinic
would let go. The Cleveland Clinic is Cleveland’s largest employer and the
second-largest employer in Ohio.
10. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North
Last November, the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem,
announced that 950 full-time-equivalent positions would have to be
eliminated in order to make up costs from the health-care law.
11. Orlando Health,
In that same month, the Orlando Health hospital system announced the
biggest staff reduction in its almost century-long history, as part of a
“broader effort” to manage the effects of Obamacare, according to the *Orlando
Sentinel*. Orlando Health will cut as many as 400 jobs across the system,
in areas ranging from administrative departments to children’s hospitals.
12. Louisiana State University
In the same article, the *Sentinel* noted that LSU hospitals would cut
nearly 1,495 positions in order to save $150 million, apparently because of
expected reductions in Medicare and Medicaid payments.
13. Delaware Hospice<http://www.coastalpoint.com/content/delaware_hospice_lays_52_employees_statewide>
Due to new interpretations of the rules for reimbursing for hospice
services, Delaware Hospice, the Ocean State’s only not-for-profit hospice
provider, had to let 52 employees go earlier this year. “It’s really
health-care reform in action,” a spokeswoman said. “This is affecting
hospices across the country. We’re working through dramatic changes in
terms of the hospice-care benefits.”
14. Lawrence + Memorial Hospital,
The New London hospital announced earlier this month that Medicare cuts
programmed into Obamacare had led to the firing of 33 employees. “L+M and
other hospitals are contending with massive structural changes that are
happening very rapidly,” the hospital’s president and CEO said.
15. Clifton Springs Hospital, New
Fifty-eight non-clinical employees were let go from Clifton Springs
Hospital in Rochester as the hospital prepared for the changes spurred by
the Affordable Care Act. “No one really knows what the impact will be
because it really is a very new way for reimbursing for health care,” the
hospital’s CEO told a local news station. “So I think everyone is trying to
prepare for a change, and a change with less revenue.”
16. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, New
The state’s only insurer approved to offer plans on the health-insurance
exchanges in New Hampshire has cut the number of hospitals that will
participate in the plan from 26 to 14 in order to reach “affordable premium
levels,” according to the *New Hampshire Union Leader*.
17. Mexican American Opportunity Foundation,
The nonprofit, which looks after 1,100 pre-K children at its eight Southern
California child-care centers, has had to reduce the hours of dozens of
employees who used to work 30 to 40 hours per week. “We’re fearful it’s
going to be hard to negotiate health care in any contract,” one local labor
leader said. “Overall [Obamacare] is a positive step, but on a micro level
it’s not all roses.”
18. Carnegie Museum,
A Pittsburgh news station reports that the Carnegie Museum “reluctantly”
scaled back the hours of 48 of its 600 part-time employees to less than 30
hours a week to sidestep the mandate to provide health-care coverage.
19. Fort Smith Area Agency on Aging,
The nonprofit revealed that all of its health aides and drivers will work a
maximum of 28 hours a week, and that the plan it would offer to its
remaining full-time employees would be “bare bones.” To make up for
additional Obamacare costs, the organization is asking employees to take
steps to save money, such as changing vehicle oil after 5,000 miles rather
20. Emory Healthcare,
A news station in Atlanta reports that Emory Healthcare, the state’s
largest health-care system, will lay off more than 100 employees, in part
because of Obamacare.
21. CoverTN, Tennessee<http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130910/NEWS07/309100044/CoverTN-won-t-viable-under-federal-health-law-Jan-1?gcheck=1&utm_campaign=2013-09-10-Stateline-Daily.htm&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&nclick_check=1>
Thousands of Tennesseans will lose their coverage under the state’s
health-insurance program because it does not meet Affordable Care Act
standards for yearly expenditure caps. CoverTN, which was used mainly by
small businesses, had a $25,000 yearly benefits limit. “It was all I had,”
one Nashville small-business owner said.
*State and Local Governments*
22. State of Virginia<http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/virginia-politics/general-assembly/state-grapples-with-insurance-rules-for-part-time-workers/article_03136cab-9eab-5295-9359-89a19fae4a15.html>
In February the General Assembly affirmed Governor Bob McDonnell’s decision
to limit the state’s part-time employees to 29 hours per week.
23. Township of Middletown, New
Middletown has also cut the hours of 25 part-time public employees. “Any of
those expenses [for insurance] are going to be passed along to the
taxpayers, and so in order to avoid having to do that, we chose to modify
the work hours,” said the township’s administrator.
24. Brevard County,
Brevard County’s insurance director told a local television station that
the county’s 300-plus part-time employees will be “capped at something less
than 30” hours to save the county about $10,000 per employee in health
25. Township of Berkeley, New
The Sandy-hit Jersey Shore town said it will “take a hard line” in union
negotiations in limiting part-time employees’ hours, because additional