‘Obamacare’: even WORSE than predicted, but the fight isn’t over yet

Obamacare: is there ANY word on the recent political landscape more guaranteed to start an argument nowadays?

Most Democrats and virtually all Statists/Progressives swoon at the thought, since it will inevitably choke off the free market, leading to socialized medicine.

Conversely, pretty much everyone else hates even the idea of it.

From Politico:

Forty-nine percent of voters said they think the 2010 law should be either fully or partially repealed, compared with 44 percent who want to see the law remain as-is or see it expanded further“. 

Regardless of how you feel about the results of last week’s Presidential Election, one thing is clear: elections have consequences.

A Romney/Ryan win was no guarantee of a complete repeal of Obamacare, but an Obama/Biden victory provides certainty of the Administration’s and the Left’s dedication to its complete enactment.

So…….what’s next?

It’s no surprise that the majority of its “less attractive” aspects were delayed until AFTER the election.  There are eighteen new tax hikes associated with the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”.

Even better: ten of those tax hikes haven’t even gone into effect yet.

A week or two ago, I did a post here at “Two Heads…..” about the impact of pending and yet-to-be-declared regulations on our economy, and specifically, on employers.  Well, Obamacare is one, big, fat, UGLY, bureaucratic tumor full of new regulations and taxes.

(Actually, it’s only called “Obamacare” because “JabbaTheHut-o-care” didn’t poll as well…)

Remember former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s famous line?

Well, U.S. companies took Nancy at her word, and began digging through the 2000+ pages of this legislative freak-show right after the bill was passed. While many acted prior to the election to put a plan in place, even more held out and waited for the election results. With last week’s re-election of Obama, those plans kicked into gear.

The headline of Kerry Picket’s November 8th article in “The Washington Times” sums it up:

“Companies plan massive layoffs as Obamacare becomes reality”

According to that article, Freedom Works has been putting together a list of companies that will lay off employees as a direct result of Obamacare. Here are just a few examples from the article:

Welch Allyn, a medical diagnostic equipment manufacturer, Central New York:  275 layoffs.

Dana Holding Corp, a Global auto parts manufacturer in Ohio:  Layoffs planned to compensate for the $24 MILLION cost of compliance with Obamacare over the next 6 years.

Stryker, a Medical device manufacturer: Closed their Orchard Park, NY, facility.  96 Layoffs.  Globally, up to 1,170 positions.

Boston Scientific:  CEO Ray Elliott announced 1,200 to 1,400 layoffs, plus shifting investments. Plus, sending jobs overseas……to China.

Sadly, this is a PARTIAL list, and it’s growing day by day…….literally.

And, as our dear friends at “The Heritage Foundation” point out, questions STILL remain.  Among the MANY, here are just a few:

  1. What will a qualified health plan look like? 
  2. What will be the essential benefits package that insurers are required to provide? 
  3. How will the employer and individual mandates to purchase insurance be implemented?

They go on:

“Thankfully, this isn’t the end of the story. Obamacare is not here to stay. 

Despite the 2012 election, the assumption that the health care law will stay on course is another example of the left’s wishful thinking. Of course, efforts for a complete repeal will likely face the same fate as efforts in the last Congress did. 

But there are ample reasons, as well as opportunities, to change the course of this law.”

I encourage you to read their piece on where they see these opportunities existing.

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**Note: there is another post (from “T. B. Rickert’s Call” blog) which is also worthy of a read on this subject.**   –JTR

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So, while the election may be over, the fight to dismantle, re-frame, & present a more attractive alternative still exists. One thing is for sure: It’s going to take all of our concerted efforts as Conservatives and business-thinking citizens to keep up the pressure on our elected officials.

THIS is not the time to “give up”…..

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19 responses to “‘Obamacare’: even WORSE than predicted, but the fight isn’t over yet

  1. Many thanks for the re-blog!

  2. But remember if your company decides to layoff people in order to stay afloat the administration will deamonize you as a money hungry business that doesn’t care about the common man….they are trying this with Papa Johns….so tired of their childish antics!

    • Very true, Amanda, and very astute. The Left are masters of ‘projection’, where they accuse others of doing the very things which THEY always do.
      In this case, Obamacare will be the ruination of business after business, costing thousands upon thousands of jobs, just to accumulate power for themselves and their cronies.
      ….and yet they call the businessmen & women ‘uncaring’.

      If you haven’t picked up either “1984” or “Atlas Shrugged” in a while, I’d recommend you do so: this whole debacle reads like it was ripped from the pages of both novels.

      And BTW, I support Papa John’s, as well!!
      http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/political-potpourri/2012/nov/12/controversy-national-papa-johns-appreciation-day/

    • It’s no doubt that restaurants and much of the “service” industry will be impacted greatly by these new taxes and regulations. The rush will be on to move folks who are full time to less-than-30-hours-per-week status so as not to have to comply. Companies under 50 employees are “safe”……..for NOW.

  3. JabbaTheHut-o-Care! Ah! Your knack for finding humor in everything never ceases to astonish me. Just one thing.

    That unemployment line thing will eventually become a thing of the past. When people start to realize that they are working to pay for the free stuff of others, they’ll catch on, and people will no longer even be looking for work.

  4. Good post here. I work for one of those medical device companies that are laying people off in preparation for the device tax. Sadly, this is only part of the devastating results of Obamacare to the healthcare industry and medical device manufacturers in particular.

    Here is a post I put together to show the financial impact of this medical device tax on a company’s bottom line. It’s real and coming on January 1st.

    http://cosmoscon.com/2012/07/15/the-real-impact-of-the-medical-device-tax/

  5. Don’t know if you’ve read about the Tenth Ammendment and the org that is promoting it in the states to simply not allow federal laws that are not constitutional? Each state should develop their own Nullification org. I plan to get more involved and contribute.
    There’s a video on it for groups that you can purchase and here’s the trailer for it:

  6. OH! And I’m calling Gov Corbett today to ask him not to allow the formation of the exchanges necessary for Obama care in the states. The Democrats in our legislature were hot to form these at the beginning of the year.

  7. The devil comes as a ‘angel of light’ to those who don’t know him. This is a horrendous evil, leading the end of liberty. When gov. controls ‘heals care’ — it will tell us what we can and can’t eat, do, go, etc.– all in the name of “compassionate” HEALTH CARE.

    • You’re right on, RP. There IS no compassion in Obamacare.

      There is only control.

    • It always harkens me back to the radio address by President Reagan (before he was Prez) regarding the Liberal/Socialist goal of taking over healthcare, and exactly the points you are making Righty! Unless we can strongly influence the re-shaping of the PPACA, the next 4 years will see its implementation to the point where it will be difficult, if not almost impossible to EVER step it back without the resulting consequences of what we’re currently seeing in the streets of Greece because they SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD the social programs they have in place.

      One of my favorite quotes: “Socialism is great until you run out of other people’s money….”

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