Obamacare trainwreck: bankrupting, hurting and killing America

President Obama - Wikimedia
President Obama - Wikimedia

WASHINGTON, September 26 — President Barack Obama attempted again today to sell his signature legislation, Obamacare, just a few days before its launch. Given the poll numbers and recent stories, it appears even his messianic complex couldn’t convince Americans that ObamaCare is actually good for them. And, news stories over the last year demonstrate the intrinsic damage his law is having on this nation’s economy.

The president said at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland today, “I will not negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”

It is grossly disingenuous to claim that the Republican attempt to defund or delay that trainwreck of a healthcare takeover jeopardizes America’s credit rating.

If Obama will negotiate with Russia, Syria and Iran when it comes to the international security interests of this nation, he should at least make attempts for compromise with the majority party in the U.S. House.

Since Obama cannot be bothered to come to an agreement with the GOP, the stories continue to mount demonstrating that Obamacare will be a heavy blow to small businesses, job creation and the economy. While Obama spoke to a college audience today about his excellent law, that same monstrosity was negatively impacting colleges all across the country.

In July, the Tampa Tribune reported that two of the premiere public colleges in the area would be cutting adjunct faculty members’ hours to comply with Obamacare.

“The area’s two premiere public colleges are among a growing number cutting the hours of adjunct faculty members to keep them from qualifying for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s initiative to get more Americans insured. Hillsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College officials say there’s nothing insidious about the strategy — that instead, it’s an economic necessity in an environment where elevating their largely part-time faculties to health-benefit status could cost millions of dollars they don’t have.”

In April, an AP reporter shared a story about Virginia Community College professors who would see their hours cut. Again, this was due to Obamacare.

“Many adjunct instructors at Virginia’s 23 community colleges will see their hours cut starting this summer thanks to Virginia’s response to the new federal health reform law, a change that could cripple or kill livelihoods teachers like Ann Hubbard worked hard to build.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in November, 2012, that 400 temporary part-time employees at the Community College of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County were told their hours would be cut. Once again, this is due to ObamaCare.

“To Community College of Allegheny County’s president, Alex Johnson, cutting hours for some 400 temporary part-time workers to avoid providing health insurance coverage for them under the impending Affordable Health Care Act is purely a cost-saving measure at a time the college faces a funding reduction.”

In Ohio, WHIZ reported that a business is dropping health insurance for its employees because of Obamacare. Steve Gaswint, owner of Black Run Transmission, says, “Small businesses can’t grow when they’re unsure what their costs in the future will be, when they’re unsure what their labor costs will be. We all want to grow, we all want to offer our employees healthcare, but there’s just not enough pots to do all of these things.”

Roger Geiger, a VP with the National Federation of Independent Business and Executive Director of NFIB Ohio, also comments in WHIZ’s report, “Small business owners just don’t know what to expect with all of the mandates, all of the new requirements. We think it’s having a terrible effect on job creation. Business owners are not taking the risk in hiring people right now because of this.”

Also in Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic announced last week that it would be cutting jobs and slashing five to six percent of its $6 billion annual budget, all to prepare for Obamacare. The Cleveland Clinic is the second largest employer in Ohio.

In a story for Reuters, Eileen Sheil, Executive Director of Corporate Communications for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, explains, “Some of the initiatives include offering early retirement to 3,000 eligible employees, reducing operational costs, stricter review of filling vacant positions, and lastly workforce reductions.” Furthermore, Bloomberg reports that “The move is designed to help the clinic and its patients prepare for the Affordable Care Act…”

Tuesday, the Washington Examiner quoted Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee, who conceded, “we must not treat every minute provision in the law as sacred,“ and those supporting the law “should be open to suggestions for improving the law.”

As a breast cancer survivor, Wasserman-Schultz has more experience with this nation’s health care system than someone who has not suffered serious illness. Perhaps she is more likely to understand that it is imperative that the quality of care remain high for Americans seeking care.

All of this is happening amidst reports that the IRS slush fund set aside to handle hiring, training and organizing in preparation for being the administrators of Obamacare regulations, is missing $67 million. In the scheme of things that may sound like a miniscule dollar amount, but the fact that the IRS cannot track its own money leaves us to wonder how they plan to account for the healthcare status for every one of the 310 million residents in the United States.

As The Washington Times hypothesized Wednesday on the possibility that the House GOP could demand a delay in the individual mandate, Speaker Boehner announced Thursday that the House intends to do just that. Breaking ranks with his Democrat colleagues, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., says of the proposal, “There’s no way I could not vote for it … It’s very reasonable and sensible.”

Obamacare is not resulting in more people being insured, more people being cared for, lowered costs, keeping our doctors or plans, or anything else we were promised. What it is becoming, however, is the biggest bait and switch this country has ever seen.

As fewer people seek care due to rising out of pocket costs, and patients have their treatment delayed as they search for a new doctor because their current physician isn’t in their plan, this atrocious law could bankrupt this nation and literally kill Americans.

Obamacare is nothing but a trainwreck, and Republicans must create an effective strategy to defund and prevent the law’s full implementation.

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Sara Marie Brenner, MBA
Sara Marie Brenner holds a BA from The Ohio State University, graduated with high distinction and a 4.0 GPA from Liberty University with an MBA, and is earning her Doctorate of Business Administration in Human Resources Management. As a small business owner since 1992, Brenner has dealt with every aspect of business operations. Licensed in life and health insurance, she is a benefits specialist and helps businesses take better care of their employees through her agency, Brenner Insurance Group, LLC. Her consulting division, The Brenner Group for Small Business, works with companies in the areas of benefits, training and development, recruiting, policy and strategy, sales, leadership and teams, planning, diversity and inclusion, and public policy. Brenner’s columns have appeared and she has been quoted in Drudge Report, The Washington Times, Human Events, Breitbart, I Own the World, The Blaze, She Owns It, Red State, and college textbooks, and she has appeared on multiple radio and television shows including The Glenn Beck Show, One America News Network, WSYX/ABC, and others. Brenner is active in the business community, politics, and public policy. In her spare time (when she has it), she enjoys cultivating her amateur chef skills, playing classical piano and songwriting, going to local markets, playing with tech gadgets, and reading about gluten free alternatives. She resides in Central Ohio, where she served a term on city council and her husband, Andrew, is a state representative in the Ohio House. She spent over two decades teaching private music lessons and running a large music lessons company, and also tutored dyslexic and K-5 students. She has a chocolate lab named Haley, a golden retriever named Maggie, and a cat named Ellie.