I’ve known for a long time that the Affordable Care Act all but ignored the pressing cost concerns of the self-employed. I’ve written and talked about it as a professional for years. But I’ve just discovered the hard way that the perspective of an entrepreneur must have been completely, 100 percent missing from both the legislative debate and the regulatory process surrounding this law. The president likes to say that the Affordable Care Act helps entrepreneurs and small-business owners. I can tell you plainly: He is lying.
“I would say 90 percent of our employers, businesses today, are hiring part-time as opposed to full-time, because of the Affordable Health Care Act,” said IHT Staffing’s Billie Baggett of Myrtle Beach, S.C. “It’s not something a corporation wants to do.”
The other free market issue here relating to the Hobby Lobby decision is the fact that Congress simply delegates too much authority to the Executive Branch.
Obamacare is expected to add 8 million people to Medicaid this year, but many doctors will lose money treating them.
And, most importantly, Gibbs said “health care has to add an additional layer of coverage cheaper than the plans already offered.”
The stated goal of Obamacare was not to move millions of privately insured Americans into taxpayer-subsidized health coverage. The goal was to cover the uninsured. That was the justification for all the chaos and disruption Americans have experienced — and that is the standard by which the administration should be judged.So how is it doing? We don’t know yet, but the signs are not good.
Keep in mind that the White House argued at the Supreme Court that the individual mandate to buy insurance was indispensable to the law's success, and President Obama continues to say he'd veto the bipartisan bills that would delay or repeal it. So why are ObamaCare liberals silently gutting their own creation now?
Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable." This lax standard—no formula or hard test beyond a person's belief—at least ostensibly requires proof such as an insurer termination notice. But people can also qualify for hardships for the unspecified nonreason that "you experienced another hardship in obtaining health insurance," which only requires "documentation if possible." And yet another waiver is available to those who say they are merely unable to afford coverage, regardless of their prior insurance. In a word, these shifting legal benchmarks offer an exemption to everyone who conceivably wants one.
You must certify to the IRS – under the threat of perjury – that the reasons for your employee head count have nothing to do with your opposition to or avoidance of Obamacare. This president doesn’t just selectively enforce the law as he sees fit; now he is actually inventing new crimes. It’s jaw-dropping that if you fall below 100 employees, the burden will be on you to prove that you meant no disrespect to Obamacare.