Local governments join the ObamaCare transition to Part-Time America
Remember when all those snot-nosed liberal brats were pumping out whiny screeds about how ObamaCare’s destruction of full-time hours was an illusion – a lie told by greedy business owners who just wanted an excuse to fire people, and incompetent managers who couldn’t run their enterprises as well as a smart liberal community organizer could? Lately their tone has shifted from haughty arrogance to emotional devastation, as they hug their knees and whimper that it just can’t be true, Barack Obama just can’t be single-handedly wiping out the full-time American workforce. It’s tough to argue with the numbers – not when 2013’s weak overall job creation included a horrifying 77 percent part-time jobs. But the liberal quest for a way to keep Obama’s Empty Chair presidential narrative alive continues.
Meanwhile, city and local governments are joining those inept, greedy fat cat businessmen and saying that ObamaCare is forcing them to convert to a part-time workforce, too. From the Detroit News:
Dearborn is planning to cut hours for 200 part-time and seasonal employees to 28 hours a week due to Obamacare’s looming employer mandate. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers with 50 or more workers have to provide health care for all employees working more than 30 hours a week. The costs would have blown a hole in Dearborn’s budget.
Dearborn is just one of dozens of cities and public school systems across the country that have reduced the hours of part-time employees to avoid the costs imposed by Obamacare. The trend gives insight into why the Obama administration delayed implementation of the employer mandate until 2015.
Not only is Obamacare wreaking havoc for U.S. businesses, it is also threatening the budgets of municipalities.
The mandate’s delay has given cities like Dearborn a breather. But pushing the mandate off another year won’t deter America’s move to a part-time nation. The answer to the job uncertainty is to end the mandate and give employers more flexibility in covering their own workers.
Wow. What right-wing Rethuglican maniac is responsible for lying to those poor Dearborn employees about how ObamaCare is forcing a cut to their hours?
“The Affordable Care Act would have been a hit to our budget,” says Mayor John O’Reilly, a Democrat. “It has imposed on us an obligation that we didn’t anticipate. I’m a supporter of the concept (of the ACA), but as we move forward and identify the unintended consequences, I’d like more flexibility.”
Sure, let’s just “move forward” and discovery all those “unintended consequences” that every conservative in America has been warning about for years. Let’s keep this ObamaCare nightmare rolling and pour good money after bad, completing our transition to a second-tier (or maybe even Third World) basket case. We can keep giving people with the right political credentials a bit more “flexibility,” like the special carve-outs for Congress, while everyone else suffers.
One of the things we’ll be suffering from is invasion of privacy and identity theft, on a titanic scale. The computer system for the ObamaCare exchanges is absurdly far behind schedule, which means Americans forced into the exchanges won’t have much security against hackers. Investors Business Daily brings us the cheery news that Administration officials straight-up lied to Congress about this earlier in 2013:
In February, Sen. Orrin Hatch pressed Gary Cohen — who is heading up much of the ObamaCare implementation efforts at the Health and Human Services Department — about the status of “service-level agreements” required with all the agencies before they can open their data to the hub. The agreements define services, responsibilities, performance and other terms for data sharing.
Hatch asked Cohen whether HHS had “signed service-level agreements with IRS, the Social Security Administration, homeland security and all the other agencies that will be providing information to the data hub.”
“We have,” Cohen said.
But at that time there were no service-level agreements in force, according to an inspector general report. HHS didn’t sign its first — with the IRS — until March. And all but two of the seven still haven’t been signed.
At that same hearing, Cohen claimed that the agency was “well along” on its data-sharing tests with “Social Security, with homeland security and with IRS” and would “be able to complete that testing by this spring.”
But a June report from the Government Accountability Office found that such tests didn’t even start until May, and that they won’t be finished until September.
And back in April, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the House Ways and Means Committee that the data hub was “basically completed.”
But the GAO report said that “several critical tasks remain to be completed” before Oct. 1.
Now, just weeks after a top official said that the hub would pose no threat to anyone’s privacy, an HHS inspector general’s report, released just last Friday, shows that the administration is months behind schedule in making sure the new data hub is secure.
Remember when lying to Congress was a crime? That was back in the pre-Obama days, when we had three branches of government.
The Hill reports a band of imperiled congressional Democrats decided they don’t like the IPAB death panels, five years after Sarah Palin accurately explained what they were, and why they wouldn’t work:
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean drew attention to the board designed to limit Medicare cost growth when he called for its repeal in an op-ed late last month.
Dean was quickly criticized by supporters of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), who noted his ties to the healthcare industry as an adviser to a major D.C. lobbying firm.
But the former Vermont governor is not the only Democrat looking to kill the panel.
A wave of vulnerable Democrats over the past three months has signed on to bills repealing the board’s powers, including Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Elizabeth Esty (Conn.).
All five are considered vulnerable in next year’s election, highlighting the stakes and the political angst surrounding the healthcare measure.
So these snake-oil salespersons are going to pretend they’re big-time ObamaCare “reformers” long enough to fool their gullible constituents for another election cycle? Defunding and repeal, America. Accept no substitutes. Anyone who doesn’t vote to shut ObamaCare down is part of the problem, not part of any “solution.”
Updated: From Texas comes the sad story of a program that provides transportation for the elderly and disabled, crushed beneath the iron boot of ObamaCare.