Thursday, November 15, 2012

So much for private sector layoffs due to Obamacare being branded as "rightwing corporate revenge".

Only a foolish person would have thought such nonsense to begin with, yet there are a lot of foolish people who resides in this country. The supporters of dear leader can't explain away that Obamacare is indeed what Republicans,conservatives and leading corporate and healthcare leaders said it was going to be all along, a "jobs killer". Since they can't explain it, they are now in a pitiful effort trying to make it out to be a vast right wing CEO's revenge against the working man theory. That theory can only hold up as long as companies and business owners were known to have backed Mitt Romney. So what's going to be the excuse, when a company starts laying off workers who's CEO and executives were known to have been backing Barack Obama? Well, lets take Stryker Corporation for example. Strkyer is a medical equipment manufacture. Jon Stryker is the heir to the Stryker company. He's on the Forbes fortune 400 list of richest people with a net worth of $1.4 billion dollars. You know, I thought that the whole rich thing was suppose to have been exclusive to white republicans. Jon is a billionaire "white Democrat". Anyways, Strkyer Corporation has announced it is going to be closing a plant and laying off workers as are result of the Obamacare excise tax. So why would a die hard progressive Democrat activist white billionaire support a person who' policy would be so harmful to his business? So could this be said that a Democrat cared more about getting Obama re elected then caring what was going to happen to his employees as a consequences? Since Jon was a donor and supporter of Obama, this puts to rest that Obamacare layoffs are just a right wing thing. It is simply a bad law that is impacting businesses regardless of political affiliation of the owners and CEO's of the companies.
Combine Stryker with the dozens of corporations who have announced huge layoffs within days after the election, it's a certain that the u3 unemployment rate will be back above 10% early in the new year. This isn't even close to being the tip of the iceberg. On a side note to what  is now the  "new normal" going forward, John Metz who is a Denny's franchisee owner of 48 Denny Restaurants has just announced that they are going to be charging a 5% surcharge on each customer's check to pay for Obamacare, and they will be cutting their employee's hours to deal with it. Obamacare dictates that any company which has full time employees must provide them with healthcare. Under Obamacare, a full time employee is considered anyone who works a minimum of "30" hours. In the real world, 40 hours is full time. The subheadline under the story by the Daily Mail explains it all.

"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.'
Darden Restaurants which owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Long Horn Steak House was reported a few months ago that it was cutting back employee hours in certain restaurants as a test to see if it could become company policy nationwide in order to deal with Obamacare.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Companies with 49 or less staff are exempt.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear, to most people who are in favor of Obamacare, it's like talking to a brick outhouse.

When reality finally slaps them right back in the face, instead of blaming themselves, they go and blame a "rightwing conspiracy" theory.

A similar incident here in Washington state back in the late 1990s (nothing to do with health insurance), Washington's self-proclaim "initiative guru" Tim Eyman, proposed I-695 to lower the car tab fees down to $35. Most people who own vehicles are in favor of the initiation. Only one catch, the passing of the initiative would result in cutting down on the transportation system such as buses, trains, and the ferry. Those who rely on commuting, like myself were against it.

The initiative got passed and people got their cheap car tabs, and people who rely on the bus other source of transportation, some lost their jobs, others had to make arrangements to keep their jobs.
Ironically, those who wanted cheaper car tabs, suddenly are complaining because they cannot take the car ferry to the mainland on certain days or hours. So far, I have not seen any "right-wing conspiracy" because of it.

-Big Pop

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not an original thought in any of this tripe, it's filled with Tropes and Wrote Talking Points.

I'll pray for you.

Bruce

8:40 PM  
Blogger Alpha Conservative Male said...

Bruce "Not an original thought in any of this tripe, it's filled with Tropes and Wrote Talking Points.
I'll pray for you."

It's kind of hard to be original in talking about people losing their jobs or having their hours cut due to Obamacare. Maybe I try using a more theatrical style of writing the next time. Maybe something along the lines of "it was the worst of times and it was the best of times", what do you think? I wasn't trying to be original, I was simply presenting reality, and reality is original in itself. Also, don't pray for me unless you are truly a person of faith. If you aren't then you are being fake with is the opposite of real.

anon "Companies with 49 or less staff are exempt."

Correct, but that exemption provision is a problem in itself. People want a growing economy so that businesses will hire, but if a company has 49 workers and would like to hire on people, it would be financially negative for them to do so. Any other time before Obamacare it wouldn't have been an issue. With the 49 employee incentive, there is no economic incentive for small business to grow and expand. This exemption will keep small business small yet punish mid size and large companies. I guess the logic behind the thinking was assuming that companies who have over 50 employees can handle Obamacare, but they are wrong. The employees are the ones who are going to be grossly impacted and they already are.

Big Pop "I swear, to most people who are in favor of Obamacare, it's like talking to a brick outhouse."

Oh, I know how you feel Big Pop, trust me. It's frustrating as hell trying to communicate what is happening right now with Obamacare, and they think I am attacking Obama!! I'm like are these people truly this freaking dense, yet I know sadly the answer is yes. I can present example after example, story after story, and it doesn't matter to them. Their cult worship of this man prevents the truth from sinking into them. The man can simply do no wrong in their eyes, yet Romney might as well been Satan in the flesh.

Big Pop "When reality finally slaps them right back in the face, instead of blaming themselves, they go and blame a "rightwing conspiracy" theory."

I'm going to make a point of posting every story I come across about CEO's of companies who are supporters of Obama who are laying off workers like Strker. Hopefully those who are open to the truth will realize that Obamacare is simply a job killing law and has nothing to do with Obama winning re election. I don't think it will really hit them until they are personally impacted, then the little hamster in their heads will start running on the wheel.

Big Pop "The initiative got passed and people got their cheap car tabs, and people who rely on the bus other source of transportation, some lost their jobs, others had to make arrangements to keep their jobs.
Ironically, those who wanted cheaper car tabs, suddenly are complaining because they cannot take the car ferry to the mainland on certain days or hours. So far, I have not seen any "right-wing conspiracy" because of it."

It's like the old saying goes Big Pop. The road to ruins is paved with good intentions. Liberals in their hearts believe they have good intentions, but it's funny how people always seem to suffer because of their good intentions, isn't it?

1:01 AM  
Blogger bets1211 said...

Not sure how I stumbled onto your site, glad I did. If you believed the talking points the intent of HC reform was to control costs and cover the 15% who didn't have HC. 85% were happy with their coverage, 61% okay with cost. Were people concerned about rising costs, about impacts of catastrophic illnesses, yes. Instead of addressing the issue for the 15% problem and catastrophic he "fixed" the problem for us all, and now we're seeing the horrid effects of the 2k+ pages we've finally finished reading (which I did read).

What do veterinary and plastic surgery practices have in common? Why is it getting cheaper and cheaper for breast augmentation and nose jobs but procedures like knee surgeries, xrays, MRIs, etc continue to sky rocket? When there's no insurance or government guarantees involved market forces/competition comes into play, and there's direct visibility into the true cost. Costs have also stayed pretty steady in veterinary medicine for the same reasons.

5:23 PM  
Blogger bets1211 said...

I posted this on facebook the other day...Every woman on facebook should repost the link to this article after they read it.
http://bit.ly/W6UE60

"The latest figures from the provincial government show that over a span of nearly 11 months, 7,780 patients in the Montreal area waited 6 six months or longer for day surgeries, while another 2,957 waited for 6 months or longer for operations that required hospitalization. The worst cases are gynecological cancers, experts say, because usually such a cancer has already spread by the time it is detected. Instead of 4 weeks from diagnosis to surgery, patients are waiting as long as 3 months to have cancerous growths removed."

It's pretty much the same throughout Canada. Ontario has a wait time calculator on their site to find a hospital that can treat you faster, faster being a relative term of course. Even with enhancements the wait times continue to increase. Here's the annual report on wait times, you can also access the provincial report which tracks to this study.
http://bit.ly/zZbltg

After years of record government "investment" meaning spending, Great Britain has become concerned about debt, especially in the wake of what's going on in Greece and other countries. GB has started cutting programs, including their national healthcare program NHS which is also being reorganized. NHS has to find £20bn in efficiencies/savings by 2015. Not unlike others GB is seeing increased healthcare demand, higher costs, and increasing wait times for medical services. In mid-2011 "Hip replacements, cataract surgery, tonsil removal are among many operations now being rationed in a bid to save the NHS money". The list is quite extensive, see link. GB is also taking steps to privatize looking to gain efficiencies that a competitive free market approach brings. NHS contracts are being awarded to private companies such as Circle, Virgin Health and Care UK. The Suffolk County Council has agreed to a multimillion pound deal with the private sector to take over its nursing homes, which many are drowning in debt. The unions are very displeased with Cameron but he wants the NHS to refocus care to the community which he believes is essential for improving patient outcomes and saving money. And the citizens, many are complaining, one that keeps popping up is around immigrants and travelers having access to free health care.
http://ind.pn/nguj61

Is this what awaits the US with government managed, provided, and regulated health care? Seems the Canadians who all "enjoy" government healthcare "benefits" haven't found a way to keep up with demand, and to boot women are the hardest hit. Wonder how many people die before they actually have their surgery, or how many have their life span shortened due to the delays. Guess that's one way to cut costs. Is it affordable because dead people can't use it? And the Brits, their healthcare model isn't sustainable, increasing cost and demand with decreasing tax revenue is too burdensome. They're fearful that without cutting program spending, including healthcare benefits, that excessive debt will pull them under.

During the healthcare "debate" many were ridiculed and denigrated for raising concerns about government controlled healthcare and pointed to Canada and other countries that have significant delivery and cost issues. The media and extremists were quick to jump all over them. Thinkprogress.org said "Canada, Great Britain, and many of the other countries that the right-wing enjoys beating up on actually like their health systems and wouldn’t want to trade places with an American." Really.

5:25 PM  

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