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Local Governments Reeling Under ObamaCare Costs


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As always, Liberal policies end up punishing the poor and middle class. The people the left dishonestly claim they represent.

 

http://news.investors.com/061913-660419-local-governments-cut-hours-to-avoid-obamacare-mandate.htm

 

When Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) in April blamed ObamaCare for the fact that it was cutting some of its workers' hours, backers of the law mounted a furious backlash against the theater chain, among other things filling its Facebook page with boycott threats.

 

"Greed and selfishness make me sick," one of them said.

 

Darden Restaurants (DRI) felt this intense heat last year after suggesting it might shift to more part-time work to minimize the cost of the law's mandate that companies offer coverage to all their full-time workers. CEO Clarence Otis even blamed its lowered outlook for 2013 in part on "recent negative media coverage" over "how we might accommodate health care reform."

 

Yet while private companies are getting all this unwelcome and hostile attention, local governments across the country have been quietly doing exactly the same thing — cutting part-time hours specifically so they can skirt ObamaCare's costly employer mandate, while complaining about the law in some of the harshest terms anyone has uttered in public.

 

The result is that part-time government workers — many of them low-income — face pay cuts that can top $3,000 a year, and yet will still be left without employer-provided benefits.

 

Here is just a small sampling of local news reports about what local government officials are saying about ObamaCare, and the steps they're taking to avoid or minimize its costs.

 

 

 


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Poll: Just 19% think they will be better off under Obamacare

In a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll, just 19 percent of responders said they felt their families would be better off under Obamacare, the lowest since October 2011. Thirty-three percent felt they would be worse off under the new law. The numbers shift to slightly more favorable when asked if the law would benefit the country as a whole, with 31 percent saying it would be better off but 40 percent saying it would be worse off.

Respondents believe that 45 percent of people with pre-existing conditions and 48 percent of uninsured people will be better off under Obamacare, compared with 27 percent and 30 percent being worse off, respectively. However, the numbers switch again when asked whether people who buy health insurance on their own would be better off, with 31 percent saying they would be better off and 39 percent saying they would be worse off.

Overall, those polled had an unfavorable view of the law (43 percent), including 30 percent who has a very unfavorable view. Just 35 percent has a favorable view of Obamacare, and only 15 percent had a very favorable view. Of those that had an unfavorable view, 77 percent said it was because the law goes too far.

Obamacare was passed three years ago, and despite claims that people would grow to like the legislation as they learned more about it it, it remains as unpopular as ever.

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I'm surprised it's that high as the only people who MIGHT benefit are those with serious pre-existing conditions and are NOT poor as 70+ million people are on Medicaid anyway. The legislation is a HUGE loss for the people and a HUGE win for the health insurance industry and to a certain extent providers although reduced payments may end up balancing that out.

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In my view, this thread is tactless and unnecessary. We leftists on the board have apologized many times for creating this massive government bureaucracy in the immediate aftermath of a crippling recession. In any case, it could happen to anyone.

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In my view, this thread is tactless and unnecessary. We leftists on the board have apologized many times for creating this massive government bureaucracy in the immediate aftermath of a crippling recession. In any case, it could happen to anyone.

:lol:

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Bumping for our liberal friends who still believe in Obamacare.

What we see is people having their hours cut, and the CBO says that 30 Million will still be without insurance.

 

Another example of the complete and utter failure of liberal policy.

 

 

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