OBAMACARE: JOB KILLER

BUSINESSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE EITHER FIRING WORKERS OR HOLDING OFF ON HIRING AND EXPANSION DUE TO OBAMACARE
ObamaCare Forced An Arkansas Furniture Store To Halt Expansion Throughout The State. “‘We have been a very blessed company,’ said Joe Donaldson, co-owner and General Manager of Sam’s Furniture in Springdale. ‘We’ve actually had double-digit increases the last three years in a row.’ Donaldson’s parents started the furniture company back in 1992 with a handful of other employees. Sam’s Furniture now has two locations in northwest Arkansas and employs close to 50 people. Less than two years ago, Donaldson was even ready to expand into central Arkansas with a third location, but his plans changed.” (J.R. Davis, “Small Businesses Face ‘HIT’ From New Federal Health Care Law,” The City Wire [Fort Smith, AR], 2/18/14)  Owner Of Sam’s Furniture: “We Would’ve Probably Already Had Been Open In Little Rock With A Third Store If This Whole Health Care Thing Wouldn’t Have Taken Place. “But It Scared The Heck Out Of Us.” “‘We would’ve probably already been open in Little Rock with a third store if this whole health care thing wouldn’t have taken place,’ said Donaldson. ‘But it scared the heck out of us.’” (J.R. Davis, “Small Businesses Face ‘HIT’ From New Federal Health Care Law,” The City Wire [Fort Smith, AR],
2/18/14)

“So, For Now, An Expansion Into Little Rock – Which Would Add Between 30-40 New Arkansas Jobs – Will Have To Wait.” (J.R. Davis, “Small Businesses Face ‘HIT’ From New Federal Health Care Law,” The City
Wire [Fort Smith, AR], 2/18/14)

As Sam’s Furniture Has Increased Sales, They’ve Had To Eliminate Jobs To Stay Below ObamaCare’s Employer Mandate Or Pay Thousands In Extra Costs. “‘We were at about 56 employees when this whole health care thing started,’ explains Donaldson, who estimates the HIT will cost his company tens of thousands of dollars in 2014. ‘Not only have we grown our volume, but we’ve had to do it with six or seven less people because we had to get under that 50.’” (J.R. Davis,
“Small Businesses Face ‘HIT’ From New Federal Health Care Law,” The City Wire [Fort Smith, AR], 2/18/14)

Utah Small Business Owner Found That The Cost Of His Small Group Health Plan Would Triple Under ObamaCare. “Ogden business owner, Chad Nay was shocked when he found out how much the cost of his group insurance plan was going up under the Affordable Care Act. ‘As a small business owner, under 50 employees, the group plan under ObamaCare tripled as far as cost goes of what it would cost me to cover us as a group,’ said Nay.” (Glen Mills, “ACA 101: Utah Business Owners Are Trying To Find Their Way Through Insurance Changes,”
KTVX, 2/15/14)

Due To The Higher Costs Faced Under ObamaCare, The Owner Cancelled The Health Plan And Employees Must Now Seek Coverage On The ObamaCare Exchange. “The increased cost wasn’t an option, so he decided the best way was for the entire crew at Superior Computers to individually go to the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov, leading to more challenges. ‘Now I’ve got to find a way, how do I help my guys pay for their private insurance they had to get through healthcare.gov,’ said Nay.” (Glen Mills, “ACA 101: Utah Business Owners Are Trying To Find Their Way Through Insurance Changes,”
KTVX, 2/15/14)

According To The Owner, ObamaCare Is A “Huge Distraction.” “‘The thing that is frustrating to me is I’m a business owner, I’ve got customers I’ve got to take care of, I’ve got a business to run and it’s a huge distraction having to get all this taken care of,’ said Nay.” (Glen Mills, “ACA 101: Utah Business
Owners Are Trying To Find Their Way Through Insurance Changes,” KTVX, 2/15/14)

A Manager Of A Restaurant In Mesilla, NM Has Had To Reduce Employee Hours To 30 Hours A Week. “‘You have to realize that businesses and business owners don't pay taxes or employee insurance bills or the electric bill or anything else. The customers pay for everything a business buys,’ said Jerry Harrell, manager with the Double Eagle restaurant in Mesilla. ‘Just because you're a business doesn't

mean you get a magic money tree.’ He said that for some businesses affected by the mandate, the only viable options are to cut hours and/or raise prices. Harrell said the Double Eagle has had to make work schedules rigid so they can plan who is working more than 30 hours and who is not.” (Brock Stockberger,
“Employers Cut Hours Year Ahead Of ObamaCare Employer Mandate,” Las Cruces Sun News, 1/20/14)

An Employee Of A Polling Company Is Having His Hours Cut By 25 Percent. “Kirk Neff was succinct. ‘I don't know what we're going to do,’ the Las Crucen said. ‘I'm always keeping my eyes open.’ Neff has a job -- he works the phones for a polling company -- but recently learned he was going to be dropped from full-time to part-time employment as his employer adjusts costs ahead of the Affordable Care Act's mandatory health care coverage. ‘I found out my hours were being cut by 25 percent,’ Neff said. ‘That's 25 percent of my monthly income gone.’” (Brock Stockberger, “Employers Cut
Hours Year Ahead Of ObamaCare Employer Mandate,” Las Cruces Sun News, 1/20/14)

A Physical Therapy Technician Is Having Her Hours Cut Despite Having Her Own Insurance. “Michelle Daun Ortiz, a physical therapy technician, said she sees the writing on the wall. ‘I know that my hours are going to get cut but I don't think that's fair because I have my own health insurance,’ Ortiz said on the Sun-News Facebook page. ‘I don't think it should affect people who have their own insurance outside of work.’” (Brock Stockberger, “Employers Cut Hours Year Ahead Of ObamaCare Employer
Mandate,” Las Cruces Sun News, 1/20/14)

ObamaCare Is Limiting The Future Growth Of A Moving Company In North Carolina. REPORTER: “So how are you going to make up this cost, this $250,000 additional burden?” BROOKE WILSON: “Unfortunately, I think it’s going to limit our ability to expand the business, we may not be able to add as many trucks to our fleet, we may not be able to open another location.” (WRAL, 1/14/14) Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Closed Its Sioux City Office, Eliminating 106 Local Jobs Due To ObamaCare. “Citing concerns about the new federal health insurance law, Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield said Wednesday it will shutter its First Administrators office in Sioux City, eliminating 106 jobs.” (Dave Dreeszen, “Sioux City Insurance Office To Close; 106 Local Jobs Lost,” Sioux City Journal, 7/10/13)  ObamaCare’s “Ever-Increasing Number And Complexity Of Federal Regulations, Mandates And The Rising Costs Associated With These Changes” Were To Blame. “Wellmark, Iowa's largest health insurer, attributed the decision to the ‘ever-increasing number and complexity of federal regulations, mandates and the rising costs associated with these changes.’ Major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which revamps the nation's health care system, take effect next year.” (Dave Dreeszen, “Sioux City Insurance Office To Close; 106 Local Jobs Lost,” Sioux City Journal, 7/10/13)

Florida Coffee Shop Kool Beanz Café Owner Says ObamaCare Could Put His Shop Out Of Business. “‘Kool Beanz Café’ owner Keith Baxter has been in business for 18 years. He says if he had to provide health insurance to his employees as the act requires for some businesses he couldn't make it. ‘As much as I would like to provide them with that benefit, it would be too cost prohibitive for me to do it,’ said Baxter. ‘No I wouldn't survive,’ he said.” (Andy Alcock, “Florida Hospitality Group Applauds ObamaCare Delay,” WCTV, 7/10/13) ObamaCare Mandates Forced Local Texas Entrepreneur To Sell Two Of His Stores “Because It Would Cost Him 30-Thousand Dollars More Out Of His Payroll.” KETK’s TERESA SARDINA: “Bob Westbrook franchise owner tells us, the Affordable Health Care Act is the reason why he sold some of his stores because it would cost him $30 thousand dollars more out of his payroll.” WESTBROOK: “We knew we had a decision to make and that decision came very swiftly and quickly, when we sold two of our Cici's Pizza's here in Tyler and we retained the one in Longview but that got us under the 50 employees.” (NBC’s
KETK-TX, 7/15/13)

Indiana’s Iconic Bonnie Doon Ice Cream Plant Closed Due In Part To The Anticipated Costs Of ObamaCare. “An iconic Michiana company is closing. Tuesday, FOX28 talked with owners of the Bonnie Doon plant and downtown Mishawaka location. They tell us there are many reasons for the shutdown

such as the declining economy and the rise in production costs. But the number one factor? The anticipated cost of the Affordable Care Act.” (“Bonnie Doon Ice Cream Blames Obamacare For Plant Shutdown,” Fox 28, 10/14/13)  The Company’s CFO “Confirmed The Anticipation Of The Affordable Care Act Played A Large Part In The Shut Down.” “FOX28 talked with the CFO who confirmed the anticipation of the Affordable Care Act played a large part in the shut down, something Kyle Hannon, Elkhart Chamber of Commerce President says many small businesses are wrestling with.” (“Bonnie Doon Ice
Cream Blames Obamacare For Plant Shutdown,” Fox 28, 10/14/13)

Small Business Owners In West Virginia Who Want To Expand And Hire More Full Time Employees Cannot Due To ObamaCare’s Taxes. “Mick Bates, owner of Bodyworks in Beckley, emphasized the higher insurance costs simply cannot be passed on to customers. Bates is in the process of opening shop in a new location and said he wants to add more employees. ‘I want to provide jobs and I want to provide jobs with benefits and insurance,’ he told fellow business people. ‘But I can’t afford to do it. So, I’m hiring part-time people, when I’d like them to be full-time, and that’s the reality. It’s (HIT) unsustainable. There has to be another way.’” (Mannix Porterfield, “State's Small Businesses, Threatened By HIT From Obamacare,
Taking Action,” Register-Herald, 6/27/13)

A Kentucky Restaurant Owner Had To Cut Staff To Get Below ObamaCare’s 50 Employee Threshold. “He said he already has reduced his staff from 54 to 47 and is closed on Mondays. He said that his hard-working grandparents raised 11 children without insurance.” (Jack Brammer, “Barr, Guthrie, Yarmuth Get
An Earful About Health Care Law At Lexington Hearing,” Lexington Herald Leader, 8/27/13)

A Lafayette, Louisiana Business Was Forced To Lay Off 41 Employees Due To Changes Under ObamaCare“Effective today, 41 employees at the Schumacher Group in Lafayette, have lost their jobs. According to a company letter, the Patient Financial Management Services division is being cut because of changes to health care law from ObamaCare. A Schumacher Group spokesperson says the department can’t handle an increase in patient needs.” (KATC, 5/1/13) Louisiana Restaurant Owner Frank Dedman: “I Had To Let A Couple Of My Full-Timers Go.” “Frank Dedman, the owner of Frank's Restaurant, told News 2 he made cuts to his staff to be in compliance with the new rules and regulations. ‘We've had people here for quite a few years, majority of them were parttimers," said Dedman. "I had to let a couple of my full-timers go.’” (Brittany Weiss, “Restaurant Cuts Staff, Blames Health
Reform,” WBRZ, 6/15/13)

A New York Small Businessman “Says He Has No Plans To Add Workers” Because Of ObamaCare. “Ernie Canadeo, president of EGC Group, a Long Island, N.Y., advertising and marketing firm with 46 employees, says he has no plans to add workers. …if sales growth is moderate, he likely would try to stay below 50, knowing the insurance requirement will kick in in 2015.” (“Businesses May Hire More After Delay Of Health Law,”
USA Today, 7/8/13)

ObamaCare May Force Hollywood Productions To Be Shot In Foreign Countries, Costing American Jobs. “One of the unintended consequences, say some industry insiders, is that it could lead to productions running to foreign countries, given that ACA doesn't apply to U.S. citizens working abroad.”
(Paul Bond, “ObamaCare Hit Hollywood: Studios Brace For The Affordable Care Act,” Hollywood Reporter, 6/26/13)

Virginia Businessman Bill Saxman Said That He Has Held Off On Expanding His Business “Because He Doesn’t Know What His Costs Will Be” After ObamaCare Is Enacted. “Saxman also told Cuccinelli Friday that he's running out of space at his Staunton facility and he would like to expand, but he can't afford to right now, because he doesn't know what his costs will be next year, when the new healthcare system takes effect.” (Editorial, “Businesses Need Stability,” Waynesboro News Virginian, 7/15/13) Ohio Restaurant Owner Shane Beukre Is Being Forced To Cut Staff Or Employees. “We talked to the owner of the restaurant Shane Beukre. He said any business with 50 or more employees will have to offer insurance to workers with 30 or more hours a week. If he does not do that, he gets fined $2,000 per employee. Beukre told us he's cutting some people down to under 30 hours to help with costs to his business and the workers.” (Holly Roney, “ObamaCare: Is It Worth If For Local Workers,” Toledo News Now, 6/27/13)

Subway Franchisee: “To Tell Somebody That You’ve Got To Decrease Their Hours Because Of A Law Passed In Washington Is Very Frustrating To Me.” “‘To tell somebody that you’ve got to decrease their hours because of a law passed in Washington is very frustrating to me,’ said Loren Goodridge, who owns 21 Subway franchises, including a restaurant in Kennebunk. ‘I know the impact I’m having on some of my employees.’” (Lisa Myers and Carroll Ann Mears, “Businesses Claim ObamaCare Has Forced Them To Cut Employee Hours,” NBC News,
8/13/13)

A Family-Owned Trucking Business Says That High Health Care Costs Led It To Reduce Insurance Benefits – As A Result Of ObamaCare, The Business Faces A $100,000 Tax Bill. REPORTER: “Clyde Kerns is part of the reason that some people have fought against what opponents call ObamaCare. He wrote several letters telling McHenry the act threatens his family owned trucking company, based in Grover.” KERNS: “If I’m not blessed by the grace of God, then we'll not gonna continue to exist.” REPORTER: “Kerns said he decided long ago to cut insurance benefits for his 81 workers because the rates skyrocketed and it cost the company too much. He would be penalized under the new plan.” KERNS: “The tax will be over a hundred thousand dollars.” REPORTER: “Kerns said that he sympathizes for the people who believe they need insurance. But he said that he should have the right to offer his employees more money instead of providing coverage.” (WSOC, 8/13/13) ObamaCare Will Cost Tyson Foods, A Major Arkansas Employer, $10 Million Next Year. “And while polls show the race tight, some surveys also say that when voters learn Pryor was an Obamacare supporter, they are less inclined to vote for him. This was the same dynamic that doomed Lincoln in 2010, and as the law is being implemented, businesses in Arkansas are now complaining about the rising health care costs, including $10 million of additional costs Arkansas-based food giant Tyson will have to incur next year because of the new law. (Manu Raju, “Lone Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor Hangs On,” Politico, 8/19/13)

OBAMACARE’S MEDICAL DEVICE TAX IS HAVING A TAXING EFFECT ON JOBS
“The Medical Device Industry's Major Trade Group Says That A New Tax On Revenue Cost The Industry 33,000 Med-Tech Jobs In 2013.” (Jim Spencer, “Group Says Tax On Medical Device Makers Has Cost Jobs,” [Minneapolis, MN]
Star-Tribune, 2/19/14)

According To AdvaMed, “14,000 Industry Jobs Were Cut And Companies Deferred Hiring Of Another 19,000 Workers. “The Advanced Medical Technology Association - AdvaMed - based its conclusion on a survey of members conducted late last year. Thirty-eight companies - about 15 percent of AdvaMed's membership - responded to the survey, and AdvaMed ‘generalized’ those results across the entire industry to determine that approximately 14,000 industry jobs were cut and companies deferred hiring of another 19,000 workers.” (Jim Spencer, “Group Says Tax On Medical Device Makers
Has Cost Jobs,” [Minneapolis, MN] Star-Tribune, 2/19/14)

Obama Continues To Support The Medical Device Tax Despite Attempts From His Allies To Repeal The Tax Despite Pleas For The Delay Of The Medical Device Tax From Democrat Senators, Obama Stated That He Will Not Delay Or Repeal The Medical Device Tax. WCCO’s FRANK VASCELLARO: “It's the medical device tax, it’s really important for companies like St. Jude and Medtronic and any medical device company and there are a number of them in Minnesota. It's a tax that would help pay for ObamaCare. And the most interesting thing is that Senator Franken and Klobuchar, who are Democrats from Obama’s own party would like to perhaps repeal part of this or at least delay this medical device tax. So I asked the president today are you willing to at least delay the tax?” OBAMA: “No, and here's why. The health care bill is going to provide those medical device companies 30 million new customers. It's going to be great for business and they're doing really well right now.” (WCCO, 12/13/12)

OBAMACARE IS DEVASTATING LOCAL GOVT. AND PUBLIC SCHOOL WORKERS

State And Local Officials Have Conceded That ObamaCare Has Forced Municipal Governments And Public Schools To Cut Hours Of Part-Time Employees. “Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.”
(Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

Despite The Obama Administration’s Second Delay Of The ObamaCare Employer Mandate, The Hours Of Teachers, Prison Guards, And 911 Dispatchers Have Been Cut. “Even after the administration said this month that it would ease coverage requirements for larger employers, public employers generally said they were keeping the restrictions on work hours because their obligation to provide health insurance, starting in 2015, would be based on hours worked by employees this year. Among those whose hours have been restricted in recent months are police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers and part-time professors.” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)  The City Of Medina, Ohio, Reduced The Hours Of Part-Time Employees From 35 Hours A Week To 29. “In Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Cleveland, Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city had lowered the limit for part-time employees to 29 hours a week, from 35. Workers’ wages were reduced accordingly, he said. ‘Our choice was to cut the hours or give them health care, and we could not afford the latter,’ Mr. Hanwell, a Republican, said. The city’s 120 part-time employees include office clerks, sanitation workers, park inspectors and police dispatchers.” (Robert Pear, “Public
Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

In Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Hours Were Reduced For Part-Time Employees Such As 911 Dispatchers, Prison Guards, And Emergency Responders. “Lawrence County, in western Pennsylvania, reduced the limit for part-time employees to 28 hours a week, from 32. Dan Vogler, the Republican chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said the cuts affected prison guards and emergency service personnel at the county’s 911 call center.” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts
Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

School Districts Across The Country Are Reducing Hours Of Part-Time Employees Because Of ObamaCare ObamaCare Is Having “Unintended Consequences For School Systems Across The Nation,” According To A Connecticut Schools Superintendent. “Mark D. Benigni, the superintendent of schools in Meriden, Conn., and a board member of the American Association of School Administrators, said in an interview that the new health care law was having ‘unintended consequences for school systems across the nation.’” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)  Many School Districts Across The Country Face The Decision Of Whether To Reduce PartTime Employees Or Lay-Off Teachers In Order To Absorb The Cost Of Providing Coverage For Part-Timers. “In Connecticut, as in many states, significant numbers of part-time school employees work more than 30 hours a week and do not receive health benefits. ‘Are we supposed to lay off full-time teachers so that we can provide insurance coverage to part-time employees?’ Mr. Benigni asked. ‘If I had to cut five reading teachers to pay for benefits for substitute teachers, I’m not sure that would be best for our students.’” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To Bypass Insurance
Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

In Order To Reduce The Hours Of Bus Drivers, Vigo County Indiana School System Cut School Field Trips And Transportation To Athletic Meets. “In Indiana, Daniel T. Tanoos, the schools superintendent for Vigo County, which includes Terre Haute, said, ‘The school system has no way to increase prices as a private business can.’ To hold down the work hours of school bus drivers, Vigo County has reduced field trips for children and cut back transportation to athletic events. School employees who had two part-time jobs totaling more than 30 hours a week — for example, bus driver

and basketball coach — were required to give up one of the jobs.” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts To
Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

Universities Across The Country Are Cutting Hours Of Adjunct Faculty The University Of Akron Had To Reduce Hours For Part-Time Faculty Or Pay For Health Care That The School Couldn’t Afford. “The University of Akron, in Ohio, has cut back the hours of 400 part-time faculty members who were teaching more than 29 hours a week, said Eileen Korey, a spokeswoman for the school.” ‘We have more than 1,000 part-time faculty,’ Ms. Korey said. ‘Four hundred would have qualified for health insurance. That would add costs that we cannot afford.’” (Robert Pear, “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time
Shifts To Bypass Insurance Law,” The New York Times, 2/20/14)

The University Of Akron Limited Its Adjunct Faculty To Eight Credit Hours Per Semester. “This issue is not unique to Ohio. University of Akron spokeswoman Eileen Korey said in an email that, ‘As you know, the issue of part-time faculty hours is a national one, with universities around the country taking a variety of steps to respond to the Affordable Care Act. At The University of Akron, where we employ about 1,000 part-time faculty during the year (56% of our teaching faculty) to teach about 40% of the credit hours, we decided to clearly define what we believe part-time means: a maximum of eight credit hours per semester.’” (Stephen Koff, “ObamaCare’s PartTimer Consequence: Limited Work Hours At Colleges, Municipalities,” The Plain Dealer, 9/6/13)

ObamaCare Would Cost The University Of Akron An Extra $4 Million. “To cover part-time instructors, the University of Akron would need to come up with nearly $4 million, said Korey, the spokeswoman.” (Stephen Koff, “ObamaCare’s Part-Timer Consequence: Limited Work Hours At Colleges, Municipalities,” The Plain Dealer,
9/6/13)

“Baldwin-Wallace College And Youngstown State University” Have Limited The Hours Of Adjunct Faculty. “This latter standard is why schools including the University of Akron, Baldwin-Wallace College and Youngstown State University say that they have started limiting the number of courses that any adjunct faculty member may teach.” (Stephen Koff, “ObamaCare’s Part-Timer Consequence: Limited Work Hours At Colleges,
Municipalities,” The Plain Dealer, 9/6/13)

About A Dozen Adjunct Faculty At Baldwin-Wallace College Had Their Hours Cut. “‘The vast majority of our adjuncts were not affected,” said Baldwin-Wallace spokeswoman Shawn Salamone. ‘Maybe a dozen, a few more than that, who did lose some hours.’” (Stephen Koff, “ObamaCare’s Part-Timer
Consequence: Limited Work Hours At Colleges, Municipalities,” The Plain Dealer, 9/6/13)

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