[Bleep] we can’t make up.
Unions have come to hate ObamaCare!
We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.
First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.
Yeah, but other than that…
Second, millions of Americans are covered by non-profit health insurance plans like the ones in which most of our members participate.
Under the ACA as interpreted by the Administration, our employees will treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. As such, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans.
And finally, even though non-profit plans like ours won’t receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. Taken together, these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the health-care market of viable alternatives to the big health insurance companies.
Hold on a sec. Let me wipe this tear from my eye. A tear of laughter! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! HOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO!!!!!! HEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!!!!!!!
Sorry… [chortle]… couldn’t be helped [snort]… must remain professional [titter].
Oh, this is just so rich. They’re calling themselves out; I don’t have to. Everybody saw this coming—those who read the bill most of all. What complete boobs. “Boots on the ground”? Ha! Boots up the ass, more like. It couldn’t happen to a better gang of pinkie-ringed union thugs.
See ya in the unemployment line, suckers!
PS: I wonder if even one self-identified liberal will draw the only reasonable conclusion about big-government entitlements from the complete FUBAR-edness of this cluster. Just one. I doubt it.
What’s another million on welfare? Come on in, the water’s fine!
The study, “Health Insurance, Labor Supply, and Employment Lock,” concludes that Americans employed primarily to gain private insurance coverage may leave the workforce when they become eligible for free or heavily subsidized health insurance. The authors, Craig Garthwaite, Tal Gross, and Matthew J. Notowidigdo, write that the Affordable Care Act, which “affects adults not traditionally eligible for public health insurance, may cause large reductions in the labor supply of low-income adults.”
Using CPS data, we estimate that between 840,000 and 1.5 million childless adults in the US currently earn less than 200 percent of the poverty line, have employer-provided insurance, and are not eligible for public health insurance.
Applying our labor supply estimates directly to this population, we predict a decline in employment of between 530,000 and 940,000 in response to this group of individuals being made newly eligible for free or heavily subsidized health insurance. This would represent a decline in the aggregate employment rate of between 0.3 and 0.6 percentage points from this single component of the ACA.
Garthwaite, Gross, and Notowidigdo find “strong evidence that public health insurance affects labor supply decisions” — in particular, they conclude public health-insurance provides a “strong work disincentive” to those who qualify for it.