Record Number Of Hospitals Close: ABC News Article Never Blames The “Affordable Care Act”


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Sac Osage Hospital to close due to ObamaCare
Sac Osage Hospital in Osceola, Missouri to close due to ObamaCare

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Remember when Obama uttered these famous words lies over and over and over ad nauseam? Well here are a few reminders, of the nearly 40 times that Obama said them:

“If you like the plan you have, you can keep it.  If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too.  The only change you’ll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold.” Barack Obama, June 6, 2009.

“No matter how we reform health care, I intend to keep this promise:  If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.” Barack Obama, June 11, 2009.

“And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” Barack Obama, June 15, 2009.

“Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.” Barack Obama, July 18, 2009.

“If you’ve got health insurance, it doesn’t mean a government takeover. You keep your own insurance. You keep your own doctor. But it does say insurance companies can’t jerk you around.” Barack Obama during first Presidential debate, October 3, 2012.

Well, evidently keeping your hospital wasn’t included in that, but then who are we kidding? Keeping your doctor and/or your health insurance wasn’t included in those lies, either.

After 45 years of providing health care in rural western Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece.

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Ceiling tiles are going for 25 cents, the room doors for an average of less than $4 each, the patient beds for $250 apiece. Soon, the remnants of the hospital that long symbolized the lifeblood of Osceola, population 923, will be torn to the ground.

Sac-Osage is one of a growing number of rural U.S. hospitals closing their doors, citing a complex combination of changing demographics, medical practices, management decisions and federal policies that have put more financial pressure on facilities that sometimes average only a few in-patients a day.

“Money just kept drying up,” said Chris Smiley, a former operating room nurse who was the last chief executive of Sac-Osage and is now overseeing its liquidation.

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association. That could be just the beginning of what some health care analysts fear will be a crisis.

An additional 283 rural hospitals in 39 states are vulnerable to shutting down, and 35 percent of rural hospitals are operating at a loss, according to iVantage Health Analytics, a Portland, Maine-based firm that works with hospitals.

Most of the rural hospital closures so far have occurred in the South and Midwest. Of those at risk, nearly 70 percent are in states that have declined to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act, although some experts are hesitant to draw a cause-and-effect correlation.

The original article, cited above from ABC News goes out its way to avoid blaming the Affordable Care Act in the closings of these hospitals, but this passage really brings it home:

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association. That could be just the beginning of what some health care analysts fear will be a crisis.”

The closest the article comes to laying blame on President Obama’s signature legislation is here:

That means they often have a higher percentage of patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, a pair of government health care programs that pay a lower reimbursement rate than private-sector insurers. Hospitals that rely heavily on those government programs have been particularly hard hit by federal budget cuts and provisions in the 2010 federal health care law that reduced charity care reimbursements and changed other payment criteria.


Meet Emilie Lamb, Victim of ObamaCare


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ObamaCare has millions of “faces.”  Those that had their hours cut at work, making it more difficult to make ends meet.  Also, we cannot forget the people that have lost their jobs entirely.  And, too, we cannot forget the millions that had a plan, or doctor, that they liked.  Of course, they now have lost one, or both.  In other words, the casualties of ObamaCare are piling up.

Here is one of those faces.  Her name is Emilie Lamb.  She has Lupus, an autoimmune disease that requires regular medical care. 

Emilie Lamb, 39, is a middle-class woman who suffers from Lupus, a chronic illness. She voted for President Barack Obama in 2012, hoping Obamacare would benefit her. Tuesday night, she’ll watch the State of the Union as the special guest of Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

She is now working a second job to cover a calculated $6,000 increase in out-of-pocket health care costs per year, according to a new ad by the conservative Americans for Prosperity.

She was forced to purchase a more expensive plan after her old policy with CoverTN was canceled. The federal government had denied CoverTN’s request for a waiver to grandfather her plan into Obamacare three times.

As this blog, and others around the country have been documenting, there are thousands of people like Emilie out there.  By the time ObamaCare reaches full implementation, there will be millions more.  They are victims of ObamaCare, and because ObamaCare is harming them, their stories do not go with the narrative.  Because of that, they will never be featured on the MSM.  So, we will tell their stories, so no one will forget them.


ObamaCare Affordable? Woman With Brain Tumor Gets Hours Cut, Copays Skyrocket, Because of ObamaCare


Here’s yet another example of a person that is being harmed by the “Affordable” Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.  28 year old Amanda Pratt has found herself in dire straights.  Not only did she have a large brain tumor, ObamaCare, in spite of it’s promise to be “affordable,” has complicated Pratt’s treatment by making it unaffordable. 

That’s already somewhat jarring for young woman. Maybe it should have prepared her for what she saw when she went to the doctor last week. That’s where she got another shock: the cost of some of her care now that Obamacare had started taking effect.

Even more surprising? Initially, Pratt said she noticed that her insurance premiums went down — $14 per month to be exact. She received a 30-or-so-page booklet detailing in small print the changes to her plan that would come under Obamacare. But she didn’t look closely enough to avoid her recent sticker shock.

Amanda Pratt is studying social work at USC. In 2011, a CT scan found a brain tumor, which led to a series of five surgeries. Though the tumor has been removed, Pratt still faces several check-ups, which after Obamacare went into effect she said now come with costly copays.

Last week Pratt visited her primary care physician with a sore throat. It was strep. At the receptionist’s window and afterward at the pharmacy to fill a prescription, Pratt learned just how much more she would be paying for care.

“My copay for seeing the doctor went up $30 to $60. My copay for prescriptions went up $20 to $60 as well,” Pratt told TheBlaze.

But that’s not even the kicker. Having an MRI, something Pratt will need once a year for the next five years to monitor her brain, went from an $800 copay to $2,200.

You know, increasing co-pays is really affordable, right?

But, it got even worse for the young brain tumor victim, as she was again victimized by the “affordable” care act…

Pratt thinks Obamacare is impacting her pocketbook in more ways than one. In addition to facing steeper medical bills, she said her part-time work has been cut so her employer could avoid the provision requiring insurance for employees working 30 hours or more a week.

“Before the [Affordable Care Act] I was working 35 hours a week, now I’m working 24,” Pratt, who works in the fast-food restaurant’s customer service department, said.

Pratt said she is working on navigating how should could qualify through various aid programs and noted that she has tried to check out the health care options offered in the federal exchange. In the two times she has tried to log onto the state-based exchange website in the last two weeks, it hasn’t worked, she said.

So, the “affordable” ObamaCare has not only caused this woman to pay more out of pocket for her care, she has less money, because her hours were cut at work-because of ObamaCare.  Of course, the democrats and their MSM sycophants will blame someone else (as usual), but prior to the “affordable” ObamaCare kicking in, this woman had a 35 hour a week job, insurance that was helping her, and she could afford it all.  Now, she has a a 24 hour a week job, and co-pays that has at least doubled, if not tripled.  All the negative outcomes are a direct consequence of ObamaCare.

Just remember, if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.


Ohio Company Drops Coverage for Over 1000 Employees Due to ObamaCare


We predicted that the fine (read: tax) in ObamaCare for employers who do not provide insurance for their employees would provide a powerful incentive to drop people from their plans.  The fine is structured to be so much less expensive than insurance, that it would be extremely attractive to businesses.  Considering how much ObamaCare has increased the costs of insurance, as well as all the other increases in costs caused by Obama administration regulation, not to mention the stagnant economy, and it wasn’t exactly rocket science to predict this.

For the latest example, here is some news from Ohio…

If PSC drops its health insurance, the company would face a penalty of $2000 per employee under the Affordable Care Act.

But for some companies, that penalty may actually be a big savings, says Tom Sutton, a NewsChannel 5 political analyst and chair of political science at Baldwin Wallace University.

That’s because companies pay up to $7,000 for individual coverage and up to $20,000 for family coverage. Compared to the $2,000 penalty?

“You’re going to save a lot of money,” Sutton says.

And that’s not all. Sutton adds, “The Obama Administration has postponed the employer mandate penalty until 2015.”

That means, if a company cuts its health insurance now, they have a whole year without both the insurance payments to make or the penalties to pay.

There’s another angle to this, too.  Don’t forget that the employer mandate requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide subsidized coverage for their workers — but not for spouses at all, and doesn’t require employers to provide subsidies to cover dependent children.  The employees have to pick up the full cost of that coverage if offered by their employers, but can get taxpayer-provided federal subsidies if the employer refuses to comply with the mandate.  Employees with children may well be financially better off going into the exchanges (although perhaps not in provider coverage), while employers save money by dumping group coverage altogether.

Once again, if you are a small business owner, or even a medium sized one, it would make sense to “dump” you employees on the exchanges because Obama is making it increasingly impossible to provide insurance to employees.  Come to think of it, Obama is making it increasingly impossible to do business at all.  But, then again, that is purposeful as well.

And, of course, Obama and leftists will blame this on the companies-because it is always someone else’s fault.


#ObamaCare Damage: College Students Priced Out of Market



Last November, college students voted for Barak Obama in overwhelming numbers.  Now, they are being repaid for that loyalty- in the form of losing their insurance.  Wyblog has more of the irony…

Low information Obama voters shocked to discover they can’t buy low-cost health insurance

College students in New Jersey voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. And now they’re shocked to discover that his signature legislative achievement hits them where it hurts, in the pocketbook.

It was a health care shocker for college students in New Jersey who found out that they can’t buy low-cost health insurance at their schools because of the Affordable Care Act.

Now, they are at the risk of being without insurance, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported.

Many students have found themselves in health care limbo this semester. Community colleges in New Jersey used to offer cheap health insurance for hundreds of dollars a year but they had to drop the practice because Federal Law prohibits the sale of bare bones policies.

Under the Affordable Care Act it would have cost more to run the program and the cost would have been passed on to students.

“More than a thousand dollars per student and that is dramatically different,” said Union County Community College, Vice President of Administrative Services, Stephen Nacco said.

Students like Carlos Arias depended on the low-cost health care.

“I’m kind of healthy right now but I am worried that when something happens I’m not going to go to the hospital,” Arias said.

I almost, and I mean almost, feel sorry for these people.  They bought into the lie, and swallowed hard.  And, a ton of them vehemently supported all of this.  But, like all useful idiots, they got their reward; an all expense paid vacation to the glorious underside of the bus.

Keep on voting for and supporting regressives, kids, and you’ll get used to being totally screwed by people that rely on your naivete.


Valerie Jarrett Tries to Change #ObamaCare Narrative, Falls on Her Face


As we all know, and even the MSM is covering, the reason that so many people are losing their plans is that the plans no longer compliant with the #ObamaCare regulations.  In other words…


Now, in order to keep the lie and deny strategy going, someone has to be blamed for all of this.  Because, after all, liberal policies don’t fail, it’s someone else that caused the problem.  Even when the do fail, which is without exception, it must be covered up, and what better what to do that than blame someone else.

Well, Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s reportedly most trusted adviser, took to Twitter to do the lie and deny.  Poor Richard’s News has the results…

There’s a new talking point presumably coming from the White House that attempts to spin the terrible reality that Obamacare is forcing millions of people out of their current health insurance plans. It goes something like this:

“There is nothing in Obamacare that forces people out of their health plans.”


Clever, I know. Anyhow, here’s how the so-called “logic” behind this goes: Since there is no official text in the Obamacare legislation that specifically forces anyone out of their insurance policy, Obamacare isn’t technically the culprit.

Even by Obama administration standards, this is poor, sloppy, and lame garbage.  But, it does show how far they will go to deceive the low information voters.  Sadly, there are too many people that


ObamaCare Damage: Nearly Half of NY Doctors Saying ‘Nyet Comrade” to ObamaCare



How long before the “so great that you have to be forced to enroll” applies to doctors?  It seems that the doctors out there are not feeling the love for ObamaCare, which means eventually, they’ll have to be punished for it.  Here is the current situation, via Doug Ross…

Ain’t central planning awesome?

New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals.

A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan.

…Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges.

“This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization. “There’s a lot of resistance. Doctors don’t know what they’re going to get paid.”

…“Obama Care wants to start right away, but who see all these new patients???? Not me,” e-mailed one doc.

Another said, “I plan to retire if this disaster is implemented. This is a train wreck.”

“I refuse to participate in the exchange plans! I am completely opposed to this new law,” said a third respondent.

One doctor recycled the mantra used to attack addictions: “The solution is simple: Just say no.”

Now, instead of listening to doctors, who actually TREAT PATIENTS, the Obama administration will respond as governments do, they will eventually use force, citing the crisis of their own creation as the rationale.  Of course, ObamaCare really isn’t about treating patients-it’s about control.



Insurance Industry Threatened With ‘Retribution’ if They Talk About ObamaCare Problems, Including People Not Keeping Plans


ObamaCare is causing a ton of problems.  Unless you’re under a rock, or watch MSNBC for your daily dose of Kool Aid, you know that.  But, the government doesn’t want you to know, and they’re trying to make people stop talking about it.  Today’s target is the insurance industry, who is being forced to cancel people’s plans because they are no longer compliant with ObamaCare’s myriad of regulations.  Believe it or not CNN has more…

Are even the lefties in the MSM giving the Obama administration some payback for being rough with them on message control?  Who knows, but these random acts of journalism are becoming less random.

Don’t worry, I’m not getting my hopes up.

On a side note, the insurance industry has been dealing with government for decades, and as the report notes, they do a ton of business with government funded plans.  Did they really think they could do that forever without being “bit?”  Government is force; if you play with fire,eventually, you’re going to g3et burned.  Big insurance is learning this now.  And, if the MSM keeps on telling the truth, they’re in for a smack too.

H/T:  Weasel Zippers


ObamaCare Causes Big Bird to Lose Health Insurance?



Well, kinda.  It appears that among the SeaWorld workers that will be losing their hours and coverage, are employees of their subsidiary, Sesame Place.   Naked DC has more…

Yes, America, Big Bird is about to lose his health insurance  under Obamacare. Or, at least, at least the guy who walks around in the Big Bird suit at Sesame Place is.

Last year, Big Bird’s job security was thrust into the political spotlight.

This year, it’s his health insurance.

In a letter sent last week to President Obama, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick contended that the Affordable Care Act had caused Sesame Place, one of Bucks County’s biggest tourist attractions, to terminate health benefits for its part-time employees.

“This law is hurting real people in my district and around the country,” the Bucks County Republican wrote.

A spokesman for SeaWorld, the amusement park’s parent company, confirmed Wednesday that the company was cutting the weekly work limit for part-time employees from 32 to 28 hours. Under the Affordable Care Act, companies can face fines if they do not provide insurance for staffers who work at least 30 hours per week.

Fred Jacobs, the SeaWorld spokesman, did not say whether the change in policy had been prompted by the health-care law.

Well, big Bird may have lost their insurance, but I’m sure they can find something on the ObamaCare exchanges that costs a ton more.  And, they’ll have the additional prospect of absolutely no chance of getting full time work, given the strong disincentives to doing that.

Oh, and by they way, if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.

Elections ave consequences.


ObamaCare Damage: Bee County, Texas, Cutting Workers Hours Due to ObamaCare, Community Programs to Suffer


Regular readers might get a bit annoyed with the repetitious nature of these ObamaCare Damage posts, but the problems keep piling up.  Since the MSM is working for the regressives, these stories will never see the light of day.  So, it’s up to us to spread the word about how many people are suffering due to ObamaCare.

Here is the latest; Bee Country Texas is faced with cutting hours to avoid being clobbered by ObamaCare.

Once again, we warned people that ObamaCare would encourage, or even force, employers to cut hours.  The information was out there.   The other side said we were lying, or crazy, or were even working for the insurance industry.   As it turned  out, they were lying.   If you voted for Obama, you voted for this.  You voted for the lies. You voted for the job cuts, layoffs, and hour cuts.  And you know what?  Even less people will have insurance, and the ones that do will pay a ton more for it.

Elections have consequences.


Donna Brazile Runs Into ObamaCare Reality: Denies it


I really love it when a liberal runs face first into reality, and has no clue that their policies created that reality.  The latest victim of this cognitive dissonance is Donna Brazile, the current DNC vice- Chair.  Nice Deb has info on Ms. Brazile’s recent brush with reality…

brazile obamacare reality

Now, how could she had known that her premiums were going to go up?  Could she have been warned?  Well, friends, those types of warnings are a speciality here at the CH2.0.

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In other words, she could have come to this site (note that the last link was a post from 2010!).  She would have known all along that this was going to happen.

As for Ms. Brazile? Well, even a brush with reality could not waken her from her useful idiocy, and she later tweeted that the insurance companies were “price gouging.”  Then again, we know that liberals are immune from reality.


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


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.


Beasts of Burden


“Who would have thought that it would fall to us, some of us in our so-called declining years (unless 60 is the new 40) to rescue the Republic?  In our lifetimes, we have had the war in Vietnam, and the Reagan revival, and now we find the left has been tunneling under us all along.  Last Tuesday, the platform we thought was solid collapsed as if its underpinnings had been eaten by termites, which they had.” — Greg Richards via The American Thinker

It didn’t take long, did it?  The next four years of misrule by Hussein Obama have yet to begin and already Israel is under attack, unions have killed off the once indestructible Twinkie, and tens of thousands of American workers who miraculously still hold jobs are facing cutbacks and layoffs due to the looming implementation of Obamacare.  Forward!

We tried to warn the ignorant SOB’s (aka the American electorate), yes we did, but you apparently can’t influence braying Jackasses once they’ve tasted free hay.  Let’s see how the dumb donkeys like it after their leftist muleteers have turned them into pack animals for progressives. It couldn’t happen to a nicer herd.

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


ObamaCare Damage: Denny’s Franchisee Adds 5% Surcharge, Cuts Employee Hours


One of the ObamaCare damage scenarios that we have been describing since the law passed was that employees hours would likely be cut to be under 30 hours a week, to escape going out of business.  And, just as predicted, that very scenario is unfolding at 40 Denny’s Restaurants in Florida.  The Daily Mail has more…

Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny’s and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset that by adding a five percent surcharge to customers’ bills and will reduce his employees’ hours.

With Obamacare due to be fully implemented in January 2014, Metz has justified his move by claiming it is ‘the only alternative. I’ve got to pass on the cost to the customer.’

A Florida restaurant owner who runs 40 franchises of the Denny’s restaurant chain has threatened to add a five percent surcharge to customers bills in an effort to combat Obamacare

The fast-food business owner is set to hold meetings at his restaurants in December where he will tell employees, ‘that because of Obamacare, we are going to be cutting front-of-the-house employees to under 30 hours, effective immediately.’

John Metz also owns Hurricane Grill & Wings which has 48 franchises around the country and falls under the umbrella of his firm RREMC Restaurants

‘I think it’s a terrible thing. It’s ridiculous that the maximum hours we can give people is 28 hours a week instead of 40,’ said Metz to the Huffington Post.

‘It’s going to force my employees to go out and get a second job.’

Obamacare requires businesses or franchises with more than 50 workers must offer an approved insurance plan or pay a penalty of $2,000 for each full-time worker over 30 workers.

The program mandates that only employees working more than 30 hours a week are covered under their employers health insurance plan, chains like Olive Garden and Red Lobster are already considering reduced worker hours.

‘Obviously, I’d love to cover all our employees under that insurance,’ said Metz.

‘But to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don’t make $175,000 a year. I can’t afford it.’

Note that if he paid the tax, many of his restaurants would have to close.  ObamaCare would cost them more money than they make.  Since the MSM will not report this, the blogosphere will.

And, for you Obama voters, who voted for this to happen, elections have consequences!


ObamaCare Damage: Parent of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse to Limit Worker’s Hours


In the latest example of ObamaCare Damage, workers at select Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouses are seeing their hours cut to avoid the penalties under the big government health care law.  The Orlando Sentinel has more…

In an experiment apparently aimed at keeping down the cost of health-care reform, Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has stopped offering full-time schedules to many hourly workers in at least a few Olive Gardens, Red Lobsters and LongHorn Steakhouses.

In an emailed statement, Darden said staffing changes are “just one of the many things we are evaluating to help us address the cost implications health care reform will have on our business. There are still many unanswered questions regarding the health care regulations and we simply do not have enough information to make any decisions at this time.”

Analysts say many other companies, including the White Castle hamburger chain, are considering employing fewer full-timers because of key features of the Affordable Care Act scheduled to go into effect in 2014. Under that law, large companies must provide affordable health insurance to employees working an average of at least 30 hours per week.

If they do not, the companies can face fines of up to $3,000 for each employee who then turns to an exchange — an online marketplace — for insurance.

“I think a lot of those employers, especially restaurants, are just going to ensure nobody gets scheduled more than 30 hours a week,” said Matthew Snook, partner with human-resources consulting company Mercer.

Darden said its goal at the test restaurants is to keep employees at 28 hours a week.

This entire situation allows us to revisit some common sense ideas that the leftists or statists miss.

1.  Big government programs cause unintended (or not) consequences that eventually harms the people that the program was intended to help.

2.  If you increase the costs to a business, they will likely cut jobs, or hours.

3.  Instead of looking at what they have done to harm people, the leftists will blame it on someone else. For example, the Republicans, the Tea Party, capitalism, space aliens, and Bigfoot’s second cousin will be faulted for people’s suffering and losses.  But no matter what, the actual reasons will never be examined, and anyone who points it out will be personally smeared.

4.  Angry people on the hard left will propose that companies and small businesses be punished for staying in business.  Protests will be organized, women will be raped, property vandalized, drugs will be dealt, and murders will be committed.  And, when all of those are exposed, they will blame them on someone else (see number three).

In the end, this legislation, unless repealed, will harm people in a multitude of ways.  And no matter what, the proponents of ObamaCare with either deny the problems, or blame them on others.


ObamCare Damage: Medical Device Manufacturer to cut 1400 Jobs


It’s been a while since I wrote anything on ObamaCare Damage, but the reports keep trickling in.  If you recall, there is a tax on medical devises in ObamaCare, basically making granny’s pacemaker more expensive.  We’re now seeing more concrete evidence of the predictable results of such a tax. Kindly take a look at this, from The Boston Globe, via Hot Air.

Boston Scientific Corp. said yesterday that it plans to eliminate 1,200 to 1,400 jobs worldwide during the next 2 1/2 years to free money for new investments, the Natick medical device maker’s second major round of cuts since last year.

The company would not say how many jobs will be lost in Massachusetts, where fewer than 2,000 of its 25,000 employees are based. In February 2010, Boston Scientific said it would pare 1,300 jobs worldwide, but similarly did not say where.

Yesterday’s move, a day after Boston Scientific disclosed it was investing $150 million and hiring 1,000 people in China, raised fears that the company will gradually shift more work to foreign sites with less government oversight and lower costs than the United States.

And the response for our regressive legislators??

Massachusetts state Senator James Elridge (D-Acton) reacted … predictably:

“My sense is, sadly, that like many other American companies, they are shedding jobs in Massachusetts and adding jobs overseas,’’ Eldridge said. “And this is a company making greater profits, so it’s even more outrageous.’’

This is yet another example of the bass ackwards thinking of our regressives.  Instead of looking at the reality of the tax causing jobs to go “poof,” they knee-jerk into the same old tired class warfare arguments.  Instead of saying, “gee, when we make the cost of doing business higher, business’s go away,” they attack the businesses.  That, my friends, is comparable to blaming the earthquake victim for the earthquake itself.

And, it isn’t like we weren’t warned…

More than 420 companies including Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical and Stryker signed on to a letter asking the U.S. Congress to repeal a planned 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices. The tax could cost $20 billion a year and is set to take effect in 2013 as part of broad health care reform package passed last year.

“The tax is already having an adverse impact on R&D investment and job creation, jeopardizing the U.S. global leadership position in medical device innovation,” said the letter.

“If this tax is not repealed, it will continue to force affected companies to consider cutting manufacturing operations, research and development, and employment levels to recoup the lost earnings due to the tax,” it said. “It will also adversely impact patient access to new and innovative medical technologies,” it added.

“The medical device excise tax is a serious burden for companies struggling to maintain America’s global leadership in the development of medical technology,” said Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), a medtech lobbying group that drafted the letter.

But, our regressives would much rather play the class warfare game than see how their policies make products more expensive, or make jobs go away.

Something tells me that this is just the tip of the iceberg.