Friday, September 20, 2013

ObamaCare Casualty List Grows

President Personally Performs First ObamaCare  Euthanization...The Onion

  • With the news today that the House voted to defund ObamaCare {The Affordable Care Act} and to fund the government through mid-December, I had to ask myself how many Americans know of the mass layoffs already attributed to ObamaCare.  Just this week, Cleveland Clinic announced layoffs and cited ObamaCare. Many Americans are already familiar with many of the problems associated with the law, but do they know about the number of casualties.  There are just too many of them to list here(with hospitals alone, it's well into the several hundreds).  Recall Pres. Obama said we will be able to keep our doctors. What he didn't say was that many doctors will either be leaving their professions or be laid off themselves. While lay offs have been more common during this recession, most  cited ObamaCare as the reason for budget cuts and layoffs.
  • Gallup recently found that 41% of small businesses froze hiring due to ObamaCare and 19% have laid off employees. They surveyed 603 small firms.
  • A survey by the Chamber of Commerce last July found that 74% of small business owners will either lay off employees or cut their hours. 1,300 small business executives were surveyed.
  • Since the start of May 2013, hospital groups announced plans to lay off 6,000 employees. When hours are cut, it will likely impact 9000 workers.  75 hospital groups in 33 states were surveyed.
  • Medical device companies have been forced to lay off thousands because of the 2.3% excise tax imposed by ObamaCare. Stryker has already laid off over 1,000 of its workers.
  • CNN recently reported that doctors in private practice are looking for a way out. Many doctors are stating that it's just not financially feasible to stay in practice.
  • Two weeks ago labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, an early supporter of ObamaCare, declared ObamaCare will "destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class." (Karma can be a bitch Jimmy).
  • Even retired federal workers don't want any part of ObamaCare. A survey of 2,500 federal employees and retirees found only 2.9% want to become part of the new health exchanges (going into effect this October).
  • Billionaire Warren Buffett, also an early supporter of ObamaCare, came out last week and said, "What we have now {in ObamaCare} is untenable over time."
  • With so many hospitals cutting back on staff and an inevitable shortage of physicians, I suspect waits for medical care will resemble lines in the Post Office and the VA.
  • Many polls still report that ObamaCare is unpopular.
  • The results in the House today show that they are supporting the will of most of the American people. The question now is will the Senate do the same?
Note: Since I wrote this post, it was announced that 300,000 people will lose their health plans in Florida (Kaiser Health News) and over 100,000 will lose their insurance in N.J. (Newark Star Ledger)

Note: the number of those who have lost health insurance now surpasses several million. Obamacare web site keeps breaking down. Also, NBC reported Obama administration knew millions would lose their health insurance 3 years ago.