ObamaCare to Cost Delta Airlines $100,000,000 IN ONE YEAR!

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We’ve covered a lot of ObamaCare Damage in the last couple years.  Hundreds of thousands of workers have had their hours cut.  Many have lost their plans.  Almost 75% of all jobs created so far in 2013 are part time jobs.  And as a far as we can see, that’s only the beginning.  For the latest, here is a letter from Delta Airlines.

Delta Airlines expects Obamacare will directly and indirectly cost it $100 million in 2014.

As you can see, ObamaCare is going to present a significant threat to Delta, and it’s workers. Delta has the usual options at it’s disposal to deal with this, but under labor contracts, it is unknown how far they can go to survive.

Here is a quote…

More troubling, Delta notes it designed a specific insurance plan for its pilots. But because of “cadillac tax” rules, Delta is going to have to scrap that plan because, though it meets the needs of Delta’s pilots, it runs afoul of government regulations relating to the extravagance of plans.

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I raised the wanting about this some time ago.  I said that if ObamaCare taxes “Cadillac Plans,” then the companies will change these plans to at least one cent below the tax threshhold.  In other words, I doubt the government will collect very much from that tax.

Oh, and by the way Delta pilots, did you “like” your plan?  Remember how Obama said, if you liked your plan, you could keep it?  Yeah, he was lying about that too.

And, these airlines are super-rich mega corporations, right?

My friend George Will, back in 2002, noted that the airline industry historically, “may not have netted a nickel since the Wright brothers. It certainly had net losses 1945-94. After the brief boom of the late 1990s, it was hemorrhaging money even before terrorists attacked the United States through the industry.”

If you recall, airlines got a bailout after 9-11, and they’ve never really bounced back.  Will Obama’s policies killing jobs left and right, people aren’t flying so much now.  Will Delta make it if they have to pay $100,000,000 in one year for ObamaCare?  I doubt it’s going to be pretty.

And, as always, if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.

Elections have consequences.

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ObamaCare Damage: UPS to Drop 15,000 Spouse From Coveage Due to ObamaCare

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Remember this pledge from our President???

“…you can keep your plan…”

Well, once again, reality shows Obama to be a poor liar.  There have already been tenms of thousands of people, if not more, to lose their insurance because of ObamaCare.  Recently, UPS announced that 15,000 spouses will be dropped from their plan.  The reason?  ObamaCare. 

United Parcel Service Inc. plans to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere. The Atlanta-based logistics company points to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as a big reason for the decision, reports Kaiser Health News.

The decision comes as many analysts are downplaying the Affordable Care Act’s effect on companies such as UPS, noting that the move reflects a long-term trend of shrinking corporate medical benefits, Kaiser Health News reports. But UPS repeatedly cites Obamacare to explain the decision, adding fuel to the debate over whether it erodes traditional employer coverage, Kaiser says.

Rising medical costs, “combined with the costs associated 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,” UPS said in a memo to employees.

These 15,000 people don’t get to keep their plan.  Of course, 15,000 people losing their plans is a small price to pay, as long as the government (which is except from ObamaCare) get’s to control luge a huge part of our economy.

The article also mentions that there have been other consequences of ObamaCare…

Earlier this week, Forever 21 Inc. became the latest national company to cut employee hours to counter the impact of Obamacare, according to Policymic.com.

Atlanta-based AAA Parking, a parking garage operator that employs more than 1,600 companywide, moved about half of its 500 full-time hourly employees to part-time status on April 15, in response to the law.

Note that Forever 21 has denied that the change was due to ObamaCare.  However, they cut their employees hours down to 29.5, right below the 30 hour cutoff for ObamaCare.

Coincidence?  Please!

People losing hours.  People losing their insurance.  People losing their jobs entirely.   Businesses not hiring.  This was all predicted will in advance of the 2012 election.  If you voted for Obama, you voted for this to happen.  You were warned.

Elections have consequences.

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ObamaCare Damage: Ohio Rates to Rise 88%!

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It’s ObamaCare Damage time yet again!  You were warned.  We told you that if people re-elected Obama, that people would be paying more for their health insurance.  Frankly, it was not due to any special insights or skills, unless you consider grasp of the obvious to be superhuman.  So, armed with nothing more than math and common sense, we were able to predict the increases in health insurance premiums.  Doug Ross has the latest example…

It’s another success story for central planning! Avik Roy explains:

…on Thursday, the Ohio Department of Insurance announced that, based on the rates submitted by insurers to date, the average individual-market health insurance premium in 2014 will come in around $420, “representing an increase of 88 percent” relative to 2013…

So then, yet another rate increase. But didn’t Obama promise reduced rates?

And didn’t Pelosi make the same promises?

So, if you believed the lies, and voted for Obama, you really voted for increased premiums.  Hope you enjoy that, because you asked for it.

Elections have consequences.

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Elections Have Consequences: “Startling Rate Increases” Due to ObamaCare

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We’ve been writing about the damage that ObamaCare will do for two years now.  For the latest, “startling rate increases” are being promised. Here are the details from  Cato at Liberty, via Doug Ross (no relation)

The invaluable Robert Laszweski:

The Affordable Care Act: Ten Months to Launch “Obamacare”––Get Ready for Some Startling Rate Increases

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I conducted an informal survey of a number of insurers…None of the people I talked to are academics or work for a think tank. None of them are in the spin business inside the Beltway. Every one of them has the responsibility for coming up with the correct rates their companies will have to charge…

On average, expect a 30% to 40% increase in the baseline cost of individual health insurance to account for the new premium taxes, reinsurance costs, benefit mandate increases, and underwriting reforms…

In states with the least mandates or for health insurance companies with the tightest underwriting now, the increase could be a lot more…

[E]xpect individual health insurance rates for people in their 20s and early 30s to about double…

Will the feds be ready to provide an insurance exchange in all of the states that don’t have one on October 1, 2013?

I have no idea. And neither does anyone else I talk to inside the Beltway. We only hear vague reports that parts of the new federal exchange information systems are in testing.

The former CIA director couldn’t get away with an affair in this town but the Obama administration has a complete lid on just where they are on health insurance exchanges and haven’t shown any willingness to want to talk about their progress toward launching on time––except to tell us all not to worry.

We are all worried. I would not want to be responsible for the work that remains and only have ten months to do it…

The Republicans said this would not work. If it does not launch on time, or does with serious problems, I would not want to be an incumbent Democrat.

I told them not to call this the “Affordable Care Act.”

Again, we were predicting this for quite some time.  Not because we are some super geniuses, but that we had a grasp of the obvious.  If you increase the cost of providing something, it’s going to cost more.

It’s that simple.

Oh, and elections have consequences.  When your insurance bill goes sky high, thank the nearest Obama voter.

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ObamaCare Stupifies Your Doctor Visits

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Under the abomination known as ObamaCare, patients are entitled to a “free” yearly physical exam.  However, as one doctor points out, there may be little that a doctor can do, other than follow the mandated format for that visit.  Here are some excerpts from Newsbusters…

In a Saturday PJ Media column (“A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law”), Dr. Peter Weiss, relays several important and ugly realities of what life will be like under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, which could easily have been reported any time during the past couple of years by members of the establishment press.

That is something that is most important to note.  As ObamaCare continues to cost jobs, and screw up people’s care, folks are going to start realizing that they were not told about any of this, even though it was well known.

I have now posted a notice in my office and each exam room stating exactly what Obamacare will cover for those yearly visits. Remember Obama promised this as a free exam — no co-pay, no deductible, no charge. That’s fine and dandy if you are healthy and have no complaints. However, we are obligated by law to code specifically for the reason of the visit. An annual exam is one specific code; you can not mix this with another code, say, for rectal bleeding. This annual visit covers the exam and “discussion about the status of previously diagnosed stable conditions.” That’s the exact wording under that code — insurance will not cover any new ailment under that code.If you are here for that annual exam, you will not be covered if you want to discuss any new ailment or unstable condition. I cannot bait and switch to another code — that’s illegal. We, the physicians, are audited all the time and can lose our license for insurance fraud.

Knowing a bit about insurance coding, he is exactly correct.  You cannot bill for something that was not done.  You can’t do one thing, and bill for another.  That IS insurance fraud, and most providers go to great lengths to avoid it.

However, ObamaCare seems to encourage it.

… On top of all of that, doctors will be obligated — that’s right, obligated — to talk to you about things you may have no interest or need to talk about.

You may just want to have a pap smear or check your cholesterol. However, I am now mandated by the government to talk to you about your weight, exercise, family life, smoking, sexual abuse(!), and even to ask if you wear seat belts. And I am mandated to record your answers.

So, isn’t this typical government nonsense?  You can’t talk about something that might actually be troubling you, but the government get’s to know even the most private or trivial information about you?  After all, another mandate will be for all of this information to be electronically stored, and therefore viewable.

Well, Obama voters, you did want this, and vote accordingly.

Elections have consequences.

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Just in Case You Don’t Know Why ObamaCare Kills Jobs…

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I’ve seen quite a bit of shock lately, as liberals see how ObamaCare is actually functioning in practice.  With it’s key components kicking in in just a short period of time, employees are cutting hours, and laying off workers.  While Conservative bloggers and other outlets have been discussing this for over a year, most of the public are now seeing the results, after it is too late.  For a good wrap-up of what is happening, kindly consider this, from Chicks on the Right…

In case you weren’t already painfully aware, here’s the skinny on why unemployment will skyrocket in the face of Obama’s sucktastic socialized healthcare:

Under ObamaCare, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance for all their workers, paying at least 65% of the cost of a family policy or 85% of the cost of an individual plan. Moreover, the insurance must meet the federal government’s requirements in terms of what benefits are included, meaning that many businesses that offer insurance to their workers today will have to change to new, more expensive plans.

ObamaCare’s rules make expansion expensive, particularly for the 500,000 US businesses that have fewer than 100 employees.

Suppose that a firm with 49 employees does not provide health benefits. Hiring one more worker will trigger the mandate. The company would now have to provide insurance coverage to all 50 workers or pay a tax penalty.

In New York, the average employer contribution for employer-provided insurance plans, runs from $4,567 for an individual to $ 12,748 for a family. Many companies will likely choose to pay the penalty instead, which is still expensive — $2,000 per worker multiplied by the entire workforce, after subtracting the statutory exemption for the first 30 workers. For a 50-person company, then, the tax would be $40,000, or $2,000 times 20.

But, you know, unemployment, shunemployment.

Yay free sh*t!

There you have it.  Especially with small margin operations, like grocery stores and restaurants, ObamaCare  has, and will continue to, limit staff hours, and prevent expansion.

Oh, and elections have consequences.

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More ObamaCare Layoffs: Medical Providers Now Bracing for Impact

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The ObamaCare Layoffs continue to pile up.  In this edition, we see some medical providers that are taking action to stay in business-by laying off workers.  Michelle  Malkin has the details…

The ramping up (or down, depending on how you look at it) for full implementation of Obamacare continues:

In the largest staff reduction in its nearly 100-year history, Orlando Health is cutting up to 400 jobs starting immediately, hospital system officials announced Monday.

The move is part of a broader effort to position the hospital system for the health-care overhaul, CEO Sherrie Sitarik said.

The elimination of jobs will occur in two phases and represents a 2 percent to 3 percent reduction in the system’s 16,000-person work force, said Orlando Health spokeswoman Kena Lewis. The cuts affect all departments and all eight of the system’s hospitals, including Orlando Regional Medical Center and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, two of the system’s better-known facilities.
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Such cost-cutting measures are happening across the country. On Wednesday, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina announced that it would cut 950 jobs by June.

Last month, Louisiana State University announced it would cut 1,495 positions as well as programs across its seven hospitals to trim more than $150 million from its budget.

So it continues.  There will be more ObamaCare layoffs, from all sectors.  And they will number in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands.  And, of course, they will all be someone else’s fault-at least if you listen to the MSM.

In the end, elections have consequences, and a vote for Obama was a vote for these job losses.

Welcome to Doug Ross and Bad Blue Readers, Thanks!

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Layoff Update: Over 75,000 Lose Their Jobs Since Obama’s Election Day Victory

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Categorize this under “elections have consequences.”  There is news on the layoff front. In the few days since President Obama won his surprising, fraud filled victory, over 75,000 people lost their jobs.  Breitbart has more…

The Department of Labor has announced that new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 in the first week after the election, reaching a seasonally-adjusted total of 439,000. Over the past year, and in the weeks leading up to the election, jobless claims were said to be declining, dipping as low as 339,000, with the media proclaiming that they had reached the “lowest level in more than four years.” Now, suddenly, the news seems far less rosy.

From the Department of Labor press release this morning:

In the week ending November 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 439,000, an increase of 78,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 361,000. The 4-week moving average was 383,750, an increase of 11,750 from the previous week’s revised average of 372,000.

Some of the new claims, especially in New Jersey, were due to Hurricane Sandy–but these were offset by a decline in claims filed in New York. The highest numbers of new filings came from Pennsylvania and Ohio, where there were thousands of layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and automobile industries. 

This was predictable.  Bloggers and other Conservative sources were predicting this for some time prior to the election.  We knew that businesses were holding on to see if Romney would win.  They knew that if Romney won, the ObamaCare would be repealed.  They knew that their taxes wouldn’t be going up, and they knew that a wave of new regulations would be cancelled.  However, since Obama did win, they have to slash hours, jobs, or close altogether. America was warned.  The information was out there.  Even though the media didn;t discuss this before hand, and aren’t talking about it now, people can find it easily.

Elections have consequences.  And on November 6, 2012, people chose to vote themselves out of a job.  There are more coming, sadly, and I’ll continue to discuss it.  Since it doesn’t make Obama look good, You’ll have to read about it here, because the media won’t be covering it soon.

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The ’60?s have returned — the 1860?s, that is — as almost a million disaffected citizens in all 50 states have decided that, when it comes to Barack Obama’s America, they’d be better off out than in:

White House ‘secede’ petitions reach 675,000 signatures, 50-state participation

But, as Texas Fred aptly points out, “Freedom is NOT won with a petition!”

If venting helps, by all means vent; after all, they can’t kill everybody.  Oops! It seems they can. Obama’s federales have stockpiled enough ammo to plant 4 hollow points center mass into every man, woman, and child in the country.

Elections have consequences.

See also: Anti-secession forces fight back with White House deportation petitions

Original Post:  Be Sure You’re Right, Then Go Ahead

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Elections Have Consequences: Layoff Roundup

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As we have been focusing, the layoffs seem to be piling up.  Here is a list published last night by The Blaze…

A layoff is tough enough for employees to deal with, imagine hearing the crushing news that your office is shutting down just before Thanksgiving and Christmas…  Here are some of the business closings that were announced in just the past two days:

To see even more companies that announced layoffs since the election, visit the Daily Job Cuts page.

Obviously, employers were waiting until the election to make their choices in terms of staffing.  The people made their choice, and now the businesses have to make choices to stay in business.  As always, we’ll be covering the growing list of layoffs due to the election, and at each stage of the process, I will be reminding people that elections have consequences.

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Elections Have Consequences: Let the Layoffs Begin!

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In the run up to the election we had covered how many companies had planned layoffs due to Obama’s policies, as well as those that planned layoffs in the event that Obama was re-elected.  And, just as predicted, it has begun.  Here are a set of links and excerpts…

Small Businessman Lays off Workers to Avoid ObamaCare Taxes…

The HuffPo has the story…

The man identified himself as Stu, without giving a last name, and said he owns a small aviation services company. He told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal that he“simply can’t afford” to run his business if he has to comply with the the Affordable Care Act.

“Yesterday I called all my part-time employees in and said because Obama won I was cutting their hours from 30 to 25 a week so i would not fall under the Obamacare mandate,” Stu, who said he is from Williamson, Ga., told C-SPAN.

Under the Affordable Health Care Act, businesses with more than 50 workers arerequired to provide health care coverage for full-time employees or those working more than 30 hours per week. Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Red Lobster and The Olive Garden, announced in October that it would downgrade workers to part-time status to limit costs from Obamacare.

“I had to lay two full-timers off to get under the 50-person cap,” Stu told C-SPAN. “I tried to make sure that the people I had to lay off voted for Obama.”

Of course, the tone of the HuffPo story is that it’s the employer’s fault, which will be a consistent theme that emerges…that it’s not the policy that is putting people out of work, or businesses going under…it is greed of owners.

 Businessman Lays Off off 22 of 114 Employees due to ObamaCare

The CBS Affiliate in Las Vegas has the story…

“David” (he asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons) told Host Kevin Wall on 100.5 KXNT that “elections have consequences” and that “at the end of the day, I need to survive.”

Here’s an excerpt from the interview. Click the audio tab below to hear even more from this compelling conversation:

“I’ve done my share of educating my employees. I never tell them which way to vote. I believe in the free system we have, I believe in the right to choose who they want to be president, but I did explain as a business owner that I have always put my employees first. I always made sure that when I went without a paycheck that [I] made sure they were paid. And I explained that I always put them first and unfortunately I’m at a point where I’m being forced to have to worry about me and my family now and a business that I built from just me to 114 employees.

“I explained to them a month ago that if Obama gets in office that the regulations for Obamacare are gonna hurt our business, and I’m gonna have to make provisions to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes, the additional health care I’m gonna have to do, and I explained that to them and I said you do what you feel like in your heart you need to do, but I’m just letting you know as a warning this is things I have to think of as a business owner.

Of course, this business owner would be portrayed as a bad guy as well.

The War on Coal Takes More Victims…

WSIL TV has the story…

GALATIA — A local coal mine is cutting jobs and blaming it on politics. American Coal in Galatia laid off 54 miners on Wednesday, saying President Barack Obama’s re-election is bad news for the coal industry.

Layoffs are never easy for those losing their jobs, but for a region already economically depressed, the loss of 54 jobs cuts deeply. The sting is made all the more worse knowing the move could be politically motivated.

“There is no question that the United States coal industry is being destroyed by the actions of Barack H. Obama,” said Bob Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, during the Old King Coal Festival in September.

Murray authorized the pink slips at American Coal, a subsidiary company, just hours after the re-election of President Obama. In a news release, Murray Energy blamed the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal”, stating the layoffs were more severe in anticipation that the coal industry will get worse in the next four years.

That’s all for now.  I’ll be covering as many layoffs as I can see, and reminding the people that elections have consequences.

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