The Obama administration is prodding people to become whistleblowers for ObamaCare. Of course not to blow the whistle on the government and those who created this monstrosity that no one can figure out. No, to blow the whistle on small businesses who can then be fined quickly. This way they can be run out of business even more quickly then ever.
Sometimes you really can’t make this crap up:
The Affordable Care Act sets up a new arena of whistleblower protections for employees who complain that their company-provided health insurance doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do.
On Friday, the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an interim final rule in the Federal Register that establishes procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints filed under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act.
For example, if an employer-sponsored health plan doesn’t provide an employee with no-cost contraceptives or sterilization – or any other “essential health benefit” — that employee may complain without fear of retaliation.
Whistleblower complaints may also arise in cases where a large employer does not offer a health insurance plan that meets certain levels of affordability and minimum value. In those cases, the company may be penalized if any of its full-time employees receives a tax credit or subsidy through an Obamacare insurance exchange. That could create an incentive for an employer to fire or lay off an employee.
This is a perfect example of Obama and those who support him. Business owners are all greedy rich aholes anyways who owe the employee everything, including a one size fits all health insurance plan.
This appeals to the “social justice” crowd who invariably believes those who own businesses — being as they are driven by profit — are greedy bastards who owe the employees a kind of de facto control over the company, a kind of rise of the proletariat through government-aided guidance that these poor misguided class warriors don’t recognize will end with the closing of businesses, the loss of jobs, more former private-sector employees on the dole, and a culture of dependence on government that carries along with it the fitting destruction of private sector industry.
For the Democrats, who rely for their electoral power on slaves who believe they’re still free — and whose vitriol they’ve been conditioned to point at the capitalist system — this is of course a feature and not a bug.
We are already witnesses businesses converting a full-time employee to a part-timer to stay in business. We shall see much more of this, along with businesses closing altogether because of this mess:
ObamaCare will act as a neutron bomb on employment in the U.S. for two basic reasons:
1. It is immensely complex, and already-marginalized small business owners will shed employees or simply close rather than have to figure out what all those thousands of pages of regulations and statutes mean to the survival of their business.
2. ObamaCare’s primary mechanisms of lowering costs, insurance exchanges and technocratic selection of “best care practices,” do nothing to change the systemic flaws of sickcare.
Many other commentators have already outlined how ObamaCare is driving employers to replace fulltime workers with part-time workers to avoid having to pay outrageously expensive monthly healthcare insurance premiums. In this sense, the ObamaCare neutron bomb is already decimating fulltime employment.
I see this response as a Corporate-America strategy. Corporate America has the human resources infrastructure and financial heft to figure out compliance and exploit loopholes in the insanely complex law. Small business has neither the infrastructure nor the financial resources. Small business owners will rely on the same cartels that are currently providing insurance for guidance, and of course the ObamaCare offerings will suit the financial needs of sickcare cartels.
Once small business owners see the costs of their options, some may opt to pay the penalties and others may follow the corporate strategy of turning each fulltime job into two part-time jobs to avoid paying for coverage or penalties, but many will choose instead to call it quits: either downsize to a one-person/one-household business with no employees at all, or sell/close the enterprise and escape the burdens.
What the lobbyists and attorneys who wrote the Obamacare monstrosity do not understand (because they have no exposure to or experience in the real economy) is the fragility of most small businesses: costs keep rising but revenues are stagnant. The mental and financial stresses keep rising, and ObamaCare does nothing to mitigate either source of stress.
The inside-the-Beltway types who crafted this mess have no idea of the pressures facing legitimate (non-black-market) business in America, corporate and small business alike.
But hey, in the end we needed big government to come in and take care of us right? They do the job so much more effectively right? Not so, and Britain, who has had socialized health care for quite some time, is figuring this out:
The first NHS trust to be run entirely by a private firm has one of the highest levels of patient satisfaction in the country.
Hinchingbrooke, a hospital in Cambridgeshire with 160,000 patients, was on the verge of going bust when it was taken over by Circle last year.
But NHS figures show it is now ranked as one of the highest for patient happiness and waiting times.
The company running the trust has slashed losses at the hospital by 60 per cent and will soon begin to pay off burgeoning debts built up over years of mismanagement. The takeover deal, which saved the hospital from closing down, is seen as a blueprint for the future of many NHS trusts.
…Jim O’Connell, chief executive of the hospital, said: ‘We put more of the decision-making in the hands of the doctors and nurses.
He added: ‘There are still a lot of inefficiencies in the NHS because it is the bureaucracy that has built up over all these years, and we have to change that.
Government screws everything up and the first people to feel the effects of this screw up will be the young in this country.
How’s that hopey-changy thing going for ya?
Young Americans all across the country are getting what they voted for but not what they hoped for. While President Obama promised to cut health insurance premiums, rates are scheduled to nearly double for recent college graduates.
…Recently the CEO of Aetna, Mark Bertolini, stated, “If we’re going to insure all Americans, which is a worthy and appropriate cause, then somebody has to pay for it,”
That “somebody” is younger, healthier Americans. Students who recently graduated college and young people in their early 30′s are going to be expected to pay higher premiums in order to expand access for more people.
These higher rates only present another hurdle for young people trying to find work and become self-reliant. With youth unemployment almost 40% for those aged 20-24 and millions of young people living at home with their parents, Obamacare is quickly becoming a nightmare for young Americans.
Not to well me thinks. Hell, even non-profit businesses who try to help those in need will be run out of business.
Welcome to the age of the 49ers and 29ers!