Obamacare’s coming. Love it or hate it, President Barack Obama’s re-election Tuesday cleared the last major hurdle toward implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Businesses are being forced to take a fast and hard look at how to handle the shift in health-care benefits and potential costs that are part of the law that goes fully into effect in 14 months. “This is here to stay,” said J.D. Piro, a senior vice president at Aon Hewitt who leads the company’s health law consulting group.
Ditto to #1. As a CEO myself, it´s already given me considerable pause re: new hires, investments, etc. I´m using more Indian resources and part-timers. Businesses will adjust, but it will dampen hiring, wages, productivity and growth. The Euro baby sitter model leads to certain stagnation, not growth. But, we knew that. It´s just that 50% of Americans did not. Sad. Very, very sad.
What you will see over the long haul is non-union skilled workers will become self-employed contractors and unskilled workers will be employed less than 30 hours per week and will have to cobble together multiple jobs to stay afloat. Employees will be required to pick up more and more of their health insurance costs themselves.
#5 I doubt the Republican will do that. My guess is that they will agree to an increase in the debt ceiling in exchange for promises of future budget cuts. We all know that game and the cuts will of course never materialize. I´m beginning to think the established Republicans can´t take a stand against the Democrats on anything and are as much of the problem as the Democrats.
I´m not sure about that #6. Won´t the insurers have to gouge the young workers to pay for the 30mm newly covered? My plan is simple. Cancel my coverage, pay the fine, and reinstate anytime I really need coverage. And I know that I am not the only one thinking this. As to jobs, my friend who employs 500 in the theater business is cutting all but a handful back to 30 hours. Sorry young people, you wanted the hipster, you get his policies.
Affordable Care Act? What a load of horse manure. This wonderful law has caused me to lose my health care at the end of the year. Why? Because the premiums have become to expensive. With no raises for two years and a doubling of my contribution not to mention that EVERYTHING has risen in price it literally was insurance or food money.
That’s fine, #8, but there may not be a doctor there when you sign up again. As a practicing physician, I can tell you that a great many of those MD’s now in the workforce won’t be there under ObamaNocare, and there aren’t many in the pipeline.
What will happen? The technicians and nurses in your doctor’s back office will be your doctor, and should you, Heaven forbid, progress to the dire circumstance of needing a real doctor, you won’t be able to understand a word he says.
It boggles the mind that this monstrosity is going to be foisted on a certain percentage of us and not the ones granted waivers because they tossed a coin or two in Zippy´s kitty. I saw a post recently that someone´s health care cost had doubled and a teacher was only paying 4 cents a paycheck for hers. I assumed the person worked at an educational venue. And nary a word is heard about what is coming. Except from some in the white middle class.
By far the best strategy is to no longer be an employer.
However that may be tough. Instead consider: offering no health insurance for anyone. None, zero, zip. Pay any fines. You will rid yourself of hassles, costs of administration and reporting, and minimize legal costs. You will have to pay your employees more.
Going commando may not be the best solution but consider it.
Now we get to see what those 10,000 IRS new hires are up to.
Like with all bad public policy, the unintended consequences will become legion. This will be aggravated by the fact that smart folks and businesses will find ways to adjust and work around this monstrosity. This innate American creativity will further undermine the law and, certainly, its ostensible intentions. But I´m still wondering if one of its prime intentions was to hobble the medical system to the point that single payer becomes a logical solution. Wouldn´t that be special!?
In any case, the elites, especially the liberal elites, and the well-positioned were never concerned about the implementation of this law. They knew they would not have to depend upon ObamaCare because they would have the resources to secure the first-class medical care their position gives them.
Look what I found in my e-mail box today--I didn´t even know they had my e-mail address.
Happy Birthday from Medicare! We wish you well in the upcoming year. Our records show you are currently up-to-date on your preventive services. Congratulations on using Medicare to help you stay healthy. We will send you emails in the future as you become eligible for other Medicare preventive services that will be listed in the calendar below to assist you with planning and scheduling your appointments.
So they´re watching me. Do they know what I eat? If I brush my teeth regularly? Take my statin drugs? Have a BM every day?
That "We will send you emails in the future as you become eligible for other Medicare preventive services" creeps me out. If those preventive services they want me to have don´t all show up on my file, will they round me up with other noncompliants? Send me to a remeducation camp?
And don´t think government health insurance will be any different!!!
My husband, who is a physician, is meeting tomorrow with a hospital group to negotiate the possibility of selling his practice. What a shame...he is an accomplished head/neck cancer surgeon of 25+ years and there is no way his practice can survive Obamacare.
I will never understand why doctors didn´t raise a stink at the very contemplation of this monstrous ObamaCare change to our medical system. Didn´t they have a responsibility to speak out loud and clear on this and take a stand for their profession? And now many of these doctors are quietly selling their practices???
#13 That was me. I am a media clerk, support staff personnel, you know, second class employee. As of this past Friday I resigned from our health care plan because I cannot afford it and yes, teachers are paying 4 cents for the same plan. Right now I am home with the flu, the real flu not the fake kind we always say we have when we get sick. 103 temp. severe shakes, aches and pains. If this had happened after the first of the year I would not have gone to the doctor. Too expensive at $150 A visit. Thanks obamacare you a hole.
Roberts left the door open for states to refuse to set up insurance exchanges if this happens obamacare is fizzled. The 16 original states that filed the suit against the unaffordable health care law have already voted to refuse to allow the law to function. Remember obe stole the presidential election but 30 to 32 states will now be governed by Republicans.
I don´t know what my family is going to do. Hubby and I have been married for 20 years (and 8 kids later) and have always, always kept health insurance. There were times where we sacrificed and took Cobra when a new job had a waiting period but we always made sure we were covered. Two of my children have Type I Diabetes (or auto-immune diabetes), both are on insulin pumps, CGMS and blood glucose meters. We have seen our premiums rise over the last 2 years and our coverage drop. Right after the election hubby´s job (GM financial of all places!) announced they were dropping everyone´s coverage. It would cost hubby and I around $2500 a month out of pocket for our diabetic children. It breaks my heart to think of them having a lesser standard of living by losing their insulin pumps, CGMS and testing less often. Thanks voters of the party of the free crap!
Chris Matthews is crazy. Nevertheless, when left-wingers talk openly with one another, their craziness can be revealing. That is the case, I think, with this remarkable MSNBC clip. Matthews, fresh from his kneepad interview with President Obama, praises what he terms a uniquely brilliant insight by Al Sharpton: South Africa’s white politicians of the apartheid era were more patriotic than today’s Republicans: I haven’t heard anything as smart as what I heard Reverend Sharpton say a moment go in five years. The difference between the way F.W. de Klerk handled the need for change and the election – democratic election
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