President Obama accused Republicans of threatening to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded which will prevent 30 million Americans from getting health insurance.
This is one of the stupidest statements I’ve heard Obama make in some time. It also shows that he had no clue what’s happening to Americans, nor does he even care.
Even though the employer mandate to provide health benefits to all employees working 30 or more hours wasn’t supposed to go into effect until January 1, 2014, employers began cutting workers hours and laying off staff last year. Yes, the employer mandate has now been moved back to January 1, 2015, but you still don’t see employers hiring workers back. They are still laying off workers and cutting workers from 40 hours per week to less than 30 hours, a 25% cut in paychecks.
By cutting hours to less than 30 per week, employers will not be forced to provide health benefits to their employees, thus saving them a ton of money. The end result is that millions of Americans are losing their health benefits and 25% of the pay and Obama thinks this is a great plan and that it’s helping millions of Americans.
What’s worse is that the cost of buying their own individual health coverage will be more expensive than what they were paying under their former employer provided plans. With losing a quarter of their income, few Americans will be able to afford the exorbitant prices of the health plans offered through the Obamacare exchange programs. Residents in a number of states will find the cost of those plans will be going up as much as 30% to 70%.
If Obamacare is allowed to be fully implemented, it won’t provide coverage to 30 million Americans. Instead it will cause 30 million Americans to lose their coverage and then be penalized for not being able to afford to purchase the government mandated programs.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget that the government just ruled that the 535 members of Congress and thousands of their staff will receive a government subsidy, paid for by us taxpayers, to help them purchase the same Obamacare exchange coverage that you and I are mandated to purchase. It’s not enough that we can’t afford to pay for our own coverage, but now we have to pay for Congress’s coverage as well.
I don’t care if the men in black suits and mirrored sunglasses show up at my front door, President Barack Obama is an arrogant idiot if he expects us to believe the lies that are spewing out of his mouth.