Any More Such Reforms and We Are Doomed

Remind me again why I should be excited about health care “reform”:

Many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law, human resource firms say.

Their actions could further dampen job growth, which already is threatened by possible federal budget cutbacks resulting from the tax increases and spending cuts known as the fiscal cliff.

“It will have a negative impact on job creation” in 2013, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics.

Under the Affordable Care Act, businesses that employ at least 50 full-time workers — or the equivalent, including part-time workers — must offer health insurance to staffers who work at least 30 hours a week. Employers that don’t provide coverage must pay a $2,000-per-worker penalty, excluding the first 30 employees.

The so-called employer mandate to offer health coverage doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2014. But to determine whether employees work enough hours on average to receive benefits, employers must track their schedules for three to 12 months prior to 2014 — meaning many are restructuring payrolls now or will do so early next year.

About a quarter of businesses surveyed by consulting firm Mercer don’t offer health coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Half of them plan to make changes so fewer employees work that many hours.

As always with such stories, recall then-Speaker Pelosi’s comment that we had to pass health care reform in order to find out what is in it. (Via Dan McLaughlin.)

  1. David Williamson

    These are features, not bugs – leading us to Obamacare 2.0, aka Single Payer.

  2. Chris Campion

    For a bill (I guess we’ll call it that) that was sold to the public as a vehicle for controlling costs (which it could never do), it was really a vehicle to drive up health care costs for private businesses.  In other words, to shunt as many people as possible off private insurance and into the warm, loving, and Pelosi-tainted hands of the USG.

    Obamacare is a cattle chute.  We are the cattle.  None of us want to find out what happens when we reach the end of the chute.

  3. Cutlass
    David Williamson: These are features, not bugs – leading us to Obamacare 2.0, aka Single Payer. · 7 hours ago

    Exactly. The “solution” to this problem will obviously be that we need to start forcing “greedy” employers to cover everyone, which will just put more people on exchanges (or, more likely, the dole when they can’t even find a part time job).

    Dr. Obama: “That’s odd. We’ve drilled two holes into his head, but now the patient is convulsing.”

    Dr. Pelosi: “Okay, then clearly we haven’t drilled enough holes!”

    Dr. Reid: “I’ll get some more leeches.”

    Dr. Emmanuel: “Hey, if it doesn’t work out I’ll at least have another voter.”

  4. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    And Unemployment 2.0 as well.

    David Williamson: These are features, not bugs – leading us to Obamacare 2.0, aka Single Payer. · 20 hours ago

  5. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    We all know what happens when we reach the end of the chute.

    Chris Campion: For a bill (I guess we’ll call it that) that was sold to the public as a vehicle for controlling costs (which it could never do), it was really a vehicle to drive up health care costs for private businesses.  In other words, to shunt as many people as possible off private insurance and into the warm, loving, and Pelosi-tainted hands of the USG.

    Obamacare is a cattle chute.  We are the cattle.  None of us want to find out what happens when we reach the end of the chute. · 18 hours ago

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