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100 Unintended Consequences of Obamacare [I disagree with the claim that they are "unintended"]
National Review ^ | Andrew Johnson | October 1, 2013

Posted on 10/01/2013 5:57:20 AM PDT by grundle

In a few days, Obamacare’s October 1 launch date finally will have arrived. Ever since its passage, supporters of the law have made countless attempts to convince the American people of its viability, dismissing predictions of lost jobs, decreased hours, and rising costs, among others.

Yet from major corporations to local mom-and-pop shops, from entire states to tiny school districts, a wide range of companies and institutions have seen Obamacare’s negative impact on their workers, budgets, and production. Here are 100 examples of how Obamacare is falling short of what was promised.

(Note: Some items on this list came via Investor’s Business Daily and the Heritage Foundation.)

Corporations

1. IBM

Earlier this month, the computer giant, once famed for its paternalism, announced it would remove 110,000 of its Medicare-eligible retirees from the company’s health insurance and give them subsidies to purchase coverage through the Obamacare exchanges. Retirees fear that they will not get the level of coverage they are used to, and that the options will be bewildering.

2. Delta Air Lines

In a letter to employees, Delta Air Lines revealed that the Affordable Care Act will cost the company about $100 million next year alone. The airline said that in addition to several other changes, it would have to drop its specially crafted insurance plans for pilots because the “Cadillac tax” on luxurious health plans has made them too expensive.

3. UPS

Fifteen thousand employees’ spouses will no longer be able to use UPS’s health-care plan because they have access to coverage elsewhere. 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,” the delivery giant said in a company memo.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; aca; businesses; democrats; exchanges; obama; obamacare

1 posted on 10/01/2013 5:57:20 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Obamacare is a suicide pact. It will kill American business, employment and our people. Just wait.


2 posted on 10/01/2013 6:00:53 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Vlad the Impaler proposed no path to citizenhip. Consider that.)
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To: grundle

In what sense can an entirely predictable consequence be called “unintended”?

“Unintended consequences” are like “failed government programs”. “Unintended” by whom, or “failed” by whom? It is usually the case that the “unintended consequences” were exactly what the ruling elite wanted, and the program’s “failure” to accomplish its ostensible objective was in the interest of the ruling elite. Poverty pimps need more poverty to aggrandize their power.


4 posted on 10/01/2013 6:32:46 AM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: grundle
After listening to the LSM pundits I now think it is best to let this bad law play out and collapse on its own.
The idiots will not listen and if we got it to go away now they would blame us for getting rid of what they would call the best health care system in the world.
Yes, it will be painful but I really think it will be the only way to get rid of it once and for all.
I was glad to see Senator Cruz and some others do their best to defund it. They tried and it did not work. Too little too late in my humble opinion.
Now go after ZERO for altering a bill that was law. He can't legally do that. He did and he needs to be called on the carpet for that.
5 posted on 10/01/2013 6:39:47 AM PDT by DeaconRed (No matter where you go. ZERO will be there to screw it up.)
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To: grundle

I want to see Obama voters get sticker shock


6 posted on 10/01/2013 6:40:08 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Skepolitic

You don’t go far enough. This is the beginning of the end-game of the communist dictatorship in the WH — embed this “benefit” so deeply it’ll never be uprooted and completely bankrupt the nation, leaving us defenseless in the face of our enemies as spending shifts away from defense to “health” care. We will forever henceforth have rancorous “debates” on how to fix this mess — just as Mark Steyn predicted about four years ago. But that’s simply a smokescreen covering our destruction. Get ready for decades of darkness.


7 posted on 10/01/2013 6:41:34 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: GeronL

The Silver Plan cost $5k for an individual and has a $12k deductible. All this is, is a tax w no return.


8 posted on 10/01/2013 6:53:59 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: grundle

Its main purpose is to give ‘free’ health insurance to all people, based on their melanin content.

The money for the ‘free’ insurance comes from those who are working for a living, and from businesses, which the left hates.

They don’t care if it forces businesses to close. They just want it to be ‘fair’.


9 posted on 10/01/2013 6:57:02 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: grundle

And this is just “so far.” There is much more to come.


10 posted on 10/01/2013 7:02:01 AM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: grundle

Large companies also have to pay an additional ‘tax’ of sixty some dollars for each employee ‘dependent’. This makes hiring people with fewer dependents a better deal. Those of you out there with more than two children - all things being equal - you wont’ get the job.


11 posted on 10/01/2013 7:11:20 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: grundle

Ok. Now, what’s in the 20,000 plus pages added to Obamacare?


12 posted on 10/01/2013 7:13:46 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: grundle

obama doesn’t care about anything other than the complete destruction of the United States.


13 posted on 10/01/2013 7:19:19 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Skepolitic
“Unintended” by whom, or “failed” by whom? It is usually the case that the “unintended consequences” were exactly what the ruling elite wanted, and the program’s “failure” to accomplish its ostensible objective was in the interest of the ruling elite.

I think ObamaCare was designed to fail, so that the president might declare that he tried to reform the system; but, since it failed, the only remaining option is to go directly to government-sponsored healthcare, such as tne NIH in the UK.

Of course, this strategy presupposes that the Democrats will retake control of the House in the 2014 midterms; or, alternatively, that there will be such a groundswell of support for an NIH-style plan that even Republicans in the House will acquiesce to it.

Personally, I would consider both of these possibilities real longshots--to say the least...

14 posted on 10/01/2013 7:32:25 AM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: Rapscallion

I’ve been with UPS many years. Have had health insurance for myself and husband throughout. My cost of living raise each year tends to get eaten up by the rising premiums lately. I was content just to break even, I’m not greedy. Now, thanks to this lawless poser in the WhiteHut my husband gets dropped and has to go with his own companies insurance and from what it looks like now, will cost us $350 more per month. I’m driving a 13 year old Dodge. We planned on buying a newer car this year. With an extra $350 out the door every month how will I afford a car payment I wonder.


15 posted on 10/01/2013 10:37:14 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: grundle

I call BS. This POS legislation was designed to fail from the very beginning. The goal of the Clown Prince and his RATS was and is single payer. Nothing more, nothing less.


16 posted on 10/01/2013 12:31:47 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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