As of this writing, the next phase of the ObamaCare health care takeover is set to take effect on Oct. 1, with the launch of the new health insurance exchanges for individuals.
It has been more than three and a half years since ObamaCare was jammed through Congress, and Americans are painfully learning more about the hostile takeover of the best health care system in the world. Although multiple reports of computer glitches and pricing uncertainties with the exchanges have surfaced, the Obama Administration has decided to march forward, anyway. The Administration has buckled due to criticism from major companies and has ordered a one year delay for the employer mandate, but it has refused to grant any relief for average Americans who are now forced to comply with a law that is confusing, at best, and unworkable, at worst.
ObamaCare is an obstacle to the growth of small businesses as employers are keeping payrolls under 50 employees to avoid expensive compliance requirements that are triggered when 50 or more workers are employed. The unintended consequence is that businesses considering expanding have put those plans on hold. Additionally, employers are cutting hours to avoid ObamaCare’s 30-hour full time trigger that forces employers to provide government approved health insurance or face heavy fines. This is an unacceptable recipe for economic turmoil.
It’s bad enough that this law is not ready for prime time; if left intact, over the next decade, ObamaCare will impose at least $500 billion in new taxes on the American people. Clearly, the Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor caring. The people of Missouri’s 4th District deserve better.
The need for Congress to be in session in Washington forced a change of plans regarding one of the annual events I have participated in since my first year representing citizens of Missouri’s Fourth District. I was pleased to serve as Honorary Host of the 2013 Missouri Business Conference at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, even though I was summoned to Washington and was unable to personally attend this year’s gathering.
Have a great week.