Once again, ‘Obamacare’ hits home

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 @ 3:05PM in Blog, News

There are many reasons to dislike the government-run health care known as “Obamacare.”

Some opponents say it infringes on the doctor-patient relationship. Some say Obamacare forced them from an insurance plan they were promised they could keep. Many others are concerned about the incredible monetary and social costs associated with this government overreach.

I was among the first opponents of the president’s health care law. I would not have supported Obamacare when it reached the House floor for a vote back in 2010, and I support a full repeal of the legislation today.

Quite simply, it’s bad policy, and it’s the wrong policy for hardworking families in New Jersey and across America.

What really upsets me — and should upset you, too — is that I, and so many others, have been consistently proven right with regard to the failures “Obamacare” would likely face. Whether these failures are proven through the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s recent reporting (“The Budget and Economic Outlook”) that “Obamacare” will shrink the economy by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers (triple its earlier estimate) or by learning recently that this wild government boondoggle has set its destructive sights on our backyard.

Beginning this year, “Obamacare” exacts penalties against large employers who do not offer insurance coverage to full-time employees (redefining full-time work as 30 hours a week). This penalty applies when full-time workers receive a government subsidy to purchase health coverage within the state’s exchange.

Right here in the 3rd Congressional District, Burlington County College released a letter (without directly referring to the new health care provision) to its adjunct staff stating that the college will be forced to limit adjunct staff hours to 25 hours of work (or less) per week.

Can a more blatant parallel be drawn between this disastrous, burdensome, overreaching law and the loss of work facing our hardworking New Jersey educators?

Unfortunately, we’re not alone here in New Jersey. “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. Four hundred would have qualified for health insurance. That would add costs that we cannot afford.”

Even Democrats are bracing for what’s ahead as additional elements of Obamacare are unrolled. In a conversation with Boston Herald Radio, Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch warned, “There are parts of Obamacare that were postponed because they are unpalatable.”

Rep. Lynch went on to describe how employers with individuals on “Cadillac” plans — a plan whose employer contribution exceeds $10,200 per year — will be forced to pay a 40 percent tax on the amount over the maximum established by Obamacare.

This is the first time in American history that health care has been taxed.

The message that all of this sends to our community is that Obamacare is not only destroying our health care system and our right to choose the health insurance policy that best suits our needs, but the domino effect of its failure is reaching right into the education of our young people and our workers’ bottom line, while unloading hardship on our families.

We can do better in New Jersey. We must do better. That’s why I’m running for Congress.

This op-ed from Steve was published in the Burlington County Times.

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