Skip to comments.Hollywood braces for Obamacare (Karma alert!)
Posted on 06/29/2013 1:45:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
June 27, 2013
Hollywood, which helped sell Obamacare by promoting it in TV shows and is now being recruited by the Obama administration to make the unpopular law look "cool" to youths, is bracing itself for the law's implementation.
"It's a morass of regulations and requirements, and everyone's trying to figure out what their exposure is," Eric Belcher, president and CEO of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, told the Hollywood Reporter. "[Obamacare] is thousands of pages and it wasn't written with this industry in mind."
The entertainment industry is already having difficulty determining whether employees can be considered full-time or part-time and is fearful of the fines it will face if it chooses incorrectly. Another issue the health law creates is the outsourcing of productions to foreign countries, since Obamacare's regulations and fines don't apply to US citizens abroad. Studios may find it much cheaper to film in another country and avoid the burden of Obamacare. They may also cut the number of production days in the U.S. in order to avoid paying a penalty or providing health insurance to full-time workers. This would hit independent films and TV pilots the hardest, as they are the least likely to be able to afford Obamacare.
"Our clients need to know that the days of 100-percent employer-paid benefits at a certain executive level can no longer exist," said Daniel Cox, who leads a payroll-services company currently working to navigate Obamacare's costs on the entertainment industry.
But Obamacare's woes this week don't stop at Hollywood. A new Gallup poll shows that 42 percent of Americans believe the law will make their family's health care situation worse, compared to just 22 percent who feel it will be better under the new law. Even worse, 47 percent say the law will make the health care situation in the US worse, with 34 percent saying it will be better.
This new poll comes as Democrats admit seniors are still confused about the health care law. "There are seniors, someone mentioned, who are coming to town hall meetings and wondering what do they have to do differently," said Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Penn., after a meeting with Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday. Older Americans are worried that Obamacare, which cut over $700 billion from Medicare, will change the health program.
It's been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Obamacare, and all these problems are just added to the fact that some employees will see their hours cut, their premiums increase or their jobs lost.
Prediction: Hollywood will be one of the industries/organizations to receive a special exemption from BoboCare. The legislation exempting them will be sponsored by McCain.
Just wait until it really hits home - for those people who were crying that people will be dying in the streets for the lack of health care - that they will have to buy - and - have to meet the minimum deductible somewhere around $4500 before they realize one penny of benefits. So they pay $2-300 a month for this insurance that doctors say they won’t accept. Welcome to Obamaville .....
How about a “Gang of Four” as co-sponsors: McCain, Graham, Boxer, Feinstein.
What goes around comes around. So sad. /s
They won't be confused when their $0/month Medicare Advantage premium goes to $50/month or maybe their plan goes away goes away.
I guess a lot of those older Hollywood critters will have to get jobs selling reverse mortgages or semi-face lift surgeries to afford the Obamacare Affordable Health Care. Trust me, I will empathize with them, but probably won’t buy, but they will have my moral support.
Is this some kind of a bust?
Ccan’t Llook Aawayy......
Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.
Obama criticized the GOP for using scare tactics over the effects of the healthcare law. He says early results indicate the system is working as intended, although industry experts say the true measure of the law's success will be known once new insurance marketplaces open this fall in states across the country and enrollment for the new coverage options begin.
(Cackle) Spoken like a true con artist. Obama says healthcare reform is "working as planned".......Madoff also told his edgy investors "everything was working as planned."
LESSON OF THE DAY ---don't elect a kingpin of organized Chicago criminal politics to run the govt. A "cool, smooth talker" is the preeminent sign of a cunning con artist.
....'tis so delicious....
They will hate that hate that!
Mmmmm.....there's a lot of info in medical rcords that could ruin careers.
Which stars take viagra? Who has erectile dysfunction? Which stars have STD's? Who has had vaginal rejuvenations? And abortions? Who is botoxed and face-lifted? All that info could ruin careers.
I hoping that having made this choice protects me from any changes.
I would think that the IRS will require part “B” to be in compliance maybe even Part “D”. You know there is a rather heafty penalty for signing on to “B” and “D” late? Even though I am on VA I still signed up.
“...wasn’t written with this industry in mind.”
Rofl. As if self-important back-slapping Hollywood royalty is the only industry adversely affected.
I know there’s a hefty fine. I’m not much for a lot of testing and I don’t use pharmaceutical drugs, so parts B and D are actually pretty expensive.