Skip to comments.U.S. Chamber of Commerce Drops Crusade Against Obamacare
Posted on 01/18/2014 12:11:06 PM PST by Qbert
In a striking about face, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will no longer seek the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, working instead to correct what it sees as its flaws.
It was three years ago this month, during his annual State of American Business address, that the Chambers president and CEO, Tom Donahue, labeled the ACA unworkable and called for its repeal. During last weeks address he softened his views, calling instead for business-friendly adjustments to the new law.
The administration is obviously committed to keeping the law in place, so the chamber has been working pragmatically to fix those parts of Obamacare that can be fixed -- while doing everything we can to make regulations and mandates as manageable as possible for businesses, Donohue said during the speech. In 2014, we will work to repeal onerous healthcare taxes; repeal, delay or change the employer mandate; and give companies and their employees more flexibility in the choice of health insurance plans.
Acknowledging that outright repeal of the employer mandate -- already delayed until January 2015 -- is unlikely, the Chambers executive director, Katie Mahoney indicated that the group might be satisfied with some modifications. Specifically, the Chamber wants a change to the laws definition of full-time employees from those working 30 hours a week to those working 40 hours or more. Under the ACA, large employers with 50 or more full-time employees must provide them with health coverage starting next year.
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Just expecting president Robbing Hood to steal from the people and give it to them.
Rabbi Eisenberg says, “Oy! The holocaust! Who knows if it’s bad? Maybe a little flawed. So fix it already!”
THey have not been on a crusade regarding anything but promoting illegal amnesty.
Obamacare has only one flaw: it exists.
they were fighting against O care. That was a surprise. They were tacitedly pushing for it, the bums.
Well since it’s worked so well thus far, why not cheer it on, right?
OK, correct its flaws. 99% of it is flaws :-)
Maybe if it put the Nazis into the concentration camps instead?
Seriously. I’m saddened but not too surprised at this pussyfooting. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evils.
I swear, the Chamber of “Commerce” has now moved further to the left and is more anti-free market than a lot of Democrats...
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
They now join the ranks with AARP in the battle to repeal.
Rats seeking for any port in a storm.
Of course “business friendly” isn’t the worst touchstone, if the businesses are not so shortsighted they can’t see beyond the end of their noses.
Anyone complaining about it for any reason, is better than the status quo.
Once again, it is for money.
It is for power over the people.
It is for a work force to be cheap and plentiful.
It it is for the few from the many.
Once people on the right and the left realize that we are being lied to and must band together and fight these azzclowns or we will Parrish as once free people.
AARP is run by young whippersnappers. These elders are getting a raw deal.
And it is to hose their customer base but good!
Talk about exercises in killing the golden goose.
Big business is betting that the Democrat tide is not reversible and is trying to purchase some level of immunity.
Look at the donors to the Podesta / Lizzie Warren far left outfit CAP, shocking:
Corporate Supporters in Alphabetical Order (2013)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
The Albright Stonebridge Group
American Beverage Association
American Iron and Steel Institute
Americas Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP
Bank of America
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Blue Engine Message & Media
Blue Shield of California*
BMW of North America
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
The Coca-Cola Company
CVS Caremark Inc.
DeVry Education Group
Dewey Square Group
Downey McGrath Group, Inc.
Eli Lilly and Company
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
The Glover Park Group LLC
Health Care Service Corporation
The Ickes and Enright Group
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA*
Samsung Electronics America
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, or TECRO
Tata Group of Companies
Time Warner Inc.
Toyota Motor North America
>> Acknowledging that outright repeal of the employer mandate — already delayed until January 2015 -
Delayed? Congress modified the law?
More like weak-minded people capitulated to Obama’s exhortations to violate law.
The Executive does not have the power to modify law.
Chamber of Commerce SUPPORTS OBAMACARE
Take money from them...you also support ObamaCare
I guess Nancy Pelosi,Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz were right,the Democrats will run on Obamacare in the 2014 elections,the freakin worthless republicans are caving already
If the Chamber of Commerce ever ceases to exist the demand for vaseline will collapse. :-)
GOPe on a suicide run this year
There may not be a Republican Party to field a candidate in 2016
The Chamber of Commerce agrees with Obama on Illegal Alien Amnesty, Open Borders, and Free Trade. They agree with each other on a lot of things
Are there any organizations anymore that actually represent US citizens?
It would be embarrassing if the R’s finished 3rd after the write-ins for Putin, LOL.
"OK, correct its flaws. 99% of it is flaws :-)"
The fact that they believe you can somehow "fix" a socialist nightmare like Obamacare tells everything you need to know about them.
Considering that the ACA could allow the Chamber to unload the cost of employees’ health care onto the tax payers, how could they lose?
Watch the Chamber cave on the minimum wage next.
The O'mob are just a bunch of Chicago street thugs with Obama as the head thug. The Capo di tutti capi, the one calling the shots even over Val Jal herself is the white haired little man who got his start in life confiscating and selling property that belonged to his fellow Jews in Nazi occupied Hungary.
Polls show a large percentage of Americans still view themselves as "Conservative"... meanwhile the "Republican" label itself is near record-lows. And yet the GOP-e caters almost exclusively to the very people who cause them to lose one important race after another.
Whores. Republican rino whores. What else is new?
Correct. This is the big one from their perspective:
“Businesses will use it to avoid giving health insurance to employees.”
BTW, the have Bonehead’s ear on all issues so look for Bonehead to do nothing about O care except to come up with some changes to make it work. When this place finally collapses there will not be enough lamp posts to hang all the traitors.
The are moving to the left to get the Bill Gates, George Soros money. $50 million to sink the Tea Party who is against amnesty and Obamacare.
Gates and all these other Americans Employees last people want cheap labor, and a national healthcare system so that they can end Employer paid healthcare and dump all their employees off their company plans to save money.
The wages of American is now thousands of dollars less than when Obama came into office.
Gates wants Indian and other Asian programmers, the Chamber has changed a lot since superstores have put a lot of their mainstreet merchants out of business.
The Chamber of Commerce is now globalist and is hoping to get cheap labor without the inconvenience of immigration rules.
Need some vehicle to give free healthcare to all the Illegals on the citizenship (Democrat registration) track.
Time to turn the Tea Party into a conservative party, if we are not going to get the policies we want from the GOPe than I personally don’t care if they ever win office.
Gates is a Democrat, you would be surprised how many on Wall Street, being a creature of New York are libs, I know I worked their for 10 years.
Buffet, Soros, and lots of other lefties run outfits like GS
and other big banks and brokerages.
Remember how well connected the Dems were in Fanny and Freddy and the FED.
I always felt labeling the GOP as the party of wall street was BS since when I worked there they were all voting for Cuomo.
Bloomberg is another Rino who used the GOP line to be voted into office.
Labels are meaningless, how they vote and who is funding their campaign is how we determine where they stand.
We need a Conservative party so it can start fresh when the country is bankrupt and is seeking a conservative way out of the financial sewer.
It's plain to see what is going on in DC to anyone who has ever spent any time there, the place is perpetually flush with cash, with hundreds of thousand of Federal Apparatchiks with huge smiles on their faces walking around drawing huge salaries, plus bonuses and pensions courtesy of us dolts in the hinterland.
What has the GOP ever done when they controlled the WH and Congress that materially changed anything, or made the Federal Bureaucracy smaller?
We still have the agencies like IRS, the Department of Energy, and Education, and EPA, and to boot, they established new ones like DHS and TSA.
Anyone who tries to starve the beast is politically assassinated by propagandists from the left and right, like Gingrich was over the Government shutdown at the end of his career in Congress and again when he tried for the nomination.
There will be nothing coming out of DC other than a bigger hand in your pocket and more limits on your freedom.
The DC problem will not be solved politically.
The FOUNDERS had no intention of establishing Universal Suffrage and DELIBERATELY did not put a right to vote in the Constitution because they knew it would lead to the collapse before us today, and make no mistake about it, when the Social Security checks stop coming, there will be a collapse.
Universal Suffrage has been enacted via Constitutional Amendments, hell, the communists are even giving illegal aliens the vote by Executive Order.
Collapse and reset are the only way out of this now, and rotating the Capital amongst the States.
There is no greater threat to the freedom and prosperity of the American Citizenry than the Federal Apparatus in Washington DC, and anyone who thinks all we have to do to change things is send the "right" people there hasn't looked at the situation from a logical perspective at best, or at worst, is self delusional
The purpose of the Republican Party at the national level is to distribute money and favors to its prized constituencies, just as it is the purpose of the Democratic Party to do the same for its own prized constituencies.
I believe crony capitalist businesses have been quietly supporting ACA for a long time.
Under socialism, the “conservative” candidate for office will try to appeal to voters by assuring them that he reduce the cost of government by runing the socialist programs more efficiently than the socialists ever did.
Think this is satire? Think about all the support that public education gets from Republicans.
The answer to socialism is to replace it with a free market. The last thing a free people need is efficient socialist programs.
Color me SO surprised.
We are in Fascism, which should more accurately be called Corporatism.
It is when government teams with business to plunder the country.
I’ve had it with the US Chamber of Commies. They are a far greater enemy of America than the Islamo-fascists could ever hope to be.
Mark Steyn strikes again. Some time back he wrote that Republicans were like their European Conservative counterparts - they never repealed a Sooialist law, just claimed they could make it work better.
Only way to fix its flaws is to gut it, root and branch.
Forgive me, but didn’t Mooschelle just join the AARP? Does that mean that I will now be pursued, fined and possibly jailed because I dumped The AARP years ago? Should I worry?
As for the Chamber of Strange Commerce, those guys have totally jumped the commie shark and are bent upon forcing the spineless Pubbies to pass an amnesty law. If they do, I’ll never vote for any one of them ever again! They propose to allow the illegals to permanently invade and become RATS for free food, housing, health care and transporation. We are lead by horrendous people with no guts, no brains and no conscience. The gummint is now advertising Food Stamps in Mexico just to stimulate more wetbacks than ever before. Are we toast yet?
...three years ago this month... Tom Donahue, labeled the ACA unworkable and called for its repeal. During last weeks address he softened his views, calling instead for business-friendly adjustments to the new law.Don't like the bastard, but the CoC could scarcely do anything else. It still commits to working against it however it can. Thanks Qbert.