Skip to comments.Mourning in America - Here's Those Layoffs We Voted For Last Night(Sobering)
Posted on 11/07/2012 7:26:25 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
Last night's victory for the President marks the first time since its inception that Obamacare is no longer a what-if; it is the future of health care in America.
It also means a near immediate impact on the economy. With 20 or so new or higher taxes set to be implemented, ranging from a $123 billion surtax on investment income, through the $20 billion medical device tax, all the way down to the $600 million executive compensation limit, Obamacare will be a nearly unbearable tax burden on the economy.
Who will pay? The middle-class workforce, of course.
So with another four years for President Obama to look forward to, and the obvious inevitability of Obamacare that this entails, let's examine the very real jobs that will be lost, and the very real lives that will be affected.
Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce over the next three years. One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law.
Dana Holding Corp.
As recently as a week ago, a global auto parts manufacturing company in Ohio known as Dana Holding Corp., warned their employees of potential layoffs, citing "$24 million over the next six years in additional U.S. health care expenses". After laying off several white collar staffers, company insiders have hinted at more to come. The company will have to cover the additional $24 million cost somehow, which will likely equate to numerous cuts in their current workforce of 25,500 worldwide.
One of the biggest medical device manufacturers in the world, Stryker will close their facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs in December. Worse, they plan on countering the medical device tax in Obamacare by slashing 5% of their global workforce - an estimated 1,170 positions.
In October of 2009, Boston Scientific CEO Ray Elliott, warned that proposed taxes in the health care reform bill could "lead to significant job losses" for his company. Nearly two years later, Elliott announced that the company would be cutting anywhere between 1,200 and 1,400 jobs, while simultaneously shifting investments and workers overseas - to China.
In March of 2010, medical device maker Medtronic warned that Obamacare taxes could result in a reduction of precisely 1,000 jobs. That plan became reality when the company cut 500 positions over the summer, with another 500 set for the end of 2013.
A short list of other companies facing future layoffs at the hands of Obamacare:
Smith & Nephew - 770 layoffs Abbott Labs - 700 layoffs Covidien - 595 layoffs Kinetic Concepts - 427 layoffs St. Jude Medical - 300 layoffs Hill Rom - 200 layoffs
Beyond the complete elimination of a significant number of American jobs is another looming problem created by the health care law - a shift from full-time to part-time workers.
Sean Hackbarth of Free Enterprise explains:
A JP Morgan economist "points out that 8.3 million people are working in part-time jobs even though they'd prefer full-time work. Unfortunately, because of President Obamas health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), workers in the hotel, restaurant, and retail industries could be pushed into part-time jobs working less than 30 hours per week."
"Under the health care law, if a company has more than 50 full time equivalent workers, a combination of full and part-time employees, but doesnt offer affordable coverage that meets the governments minimum value standard, the company will have to pay a penalty. This penalty is determined by the number of full-time employees minus 30 full-time employees. So to reiterate a very important point: part-time workers are not part of the penalty formula. The health care law creates a perverse incentive to hire part-time versus full-time workers."
Tangible examples of Obamacare causing a reduction in full-time workers:
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Darden Restaurants, a casual dining chain best known for their Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants, is "experimenting with limiting the hours of some of its workers to avoid health care requirements under the Affordable Care Act when they take effect in 2014".
JANCOA Janitorial Services
The CEO of JANCOA, Mary Miller, testified to Congress that Obamacare was a "dream killer", adding that one option she had to consider "is reducing the majority of my team members to part-time employment in order to reduce the amount that I will be penalized."
The American retailer in Cincinnati, Ohio recently was reported to be planning a significant slashing of their hourly workers. Doug Ross writes:
Operative Faith (a mid-level manager with the company) reveals that Kroger will soon join the ranks of Darden Restaurants and slash the hours of its non-exempt (hourly) workers to avoid millions in Obamacare penalties.
According to the source, Obamacare could result in tens of thousands of Kroger employees being limited to working 28 hours per week.
This is by no means, meant to be an exhaustive list. But it is meant to provide examples of real companies, real jobs, and real names, soon to be added to the growing list of employment casualties provided by the inevitable implementation of Obamacare.
Last night, America voted for four more years of President Obama and his destructive economic and health care policies. By extension, America last night voted their approval of the aforementioned layoffs and overall work reduction.
Now we must accept the inevitable. Welcome to mourning in America.
Sorry you lost your jobs so that Sandra Fluke can have her birth control and abortions.
Brookshire’s Grocery Stores also announced they will be keeping the majority of their clerks and non-managerial staff at 29 hours and under as well.
and the CEO of Darden is a big 0bama supporter and got a waiver from 0bamaCare
What about Lockheed? Didn’t 0bama extort them so they wouldn’t do their layoffs prior to the election resulting in bad press for 0bama that wouldn’t be reported anyway?
Thanks democrats, the economy is improving and only rich people are being affected (those dirty SOB's). 4 MORE YEARS! God I feel sick
Moslems and Congress are EXEMPT, so presumably
any company run by CongressCHEATERS or Moslems
is exempt from the taxes, too.
Equal under the Law ? -— NOT ANYMORE.
Moochelle: "And with four more years of lavish vacations and fancy dinners my azz will be THIS big!"
One of the first things to hit me when the news started looking bad last night was that the companies who were waiting until after the election to make hiring decisions were not going to be hiring because of Obama winning. They know they’re in a holding pattern for another 4 years. They have no idea whether Obama is going to put them out of business through regulation and taxes.
If I owned a business that allowed moving, there’s no way I would stay in the Divided States of America; I’d move my business to someplace that valued business and then if I wasn’t totally disgusted with this country altogether I’d decide whether I could afford to still live in the Divided States of America.
The article doesn’t cover the 2.5 million Defense Contractor jobs that will be lost due to Sequestration. One of those jobs will likely be mine. When this happens I will have been laid off 3 time in the last 4 years.
Not True: Whole new branches of law firms will employe millions of lawyers in the field of obamacare law.
Rush will have new advertisers. Instead of dealing with the IRS on back taxes, lawyers will be needed for every phase of dealings with Obamacare.
Being denied that heart transplant? Our law firm will get you a heart from the IRS.
Your company being closed by IRS without any reason whatsoever? You need lawyers to sue the IRS.
Millions and millions of lawyers will make millions and millions of dollars thanks to obamacare.
Northrop Grumman should be added - they sent out an advanced letter a month ago due to the inevitable sequestration.
Heck, just go ahead and add most of the defense contractors in the country to this list.
Red Lobster???...not a bad place to avoid.....awful place...
ThFor the Dems this is a win-win.
Think about it.
Millions of part time workers who need ...what?
But cannot afford it....
So One Payer National Health care
Just like Britain...
Praying for these people....One of them is my son. Broke my heart talking to him today. He is worried about his family. He gets to live that #ObamaEconomy
Yeah. I can sympathize with you. While my husband hasn’t been laid off like you have been recently, he told me earlier today that the business he works for may need to close its doors before the end of the year due to being unable to keep up with the increased tax burden coming in January. The initial plan was for the company to begin a gradual transition out of business to be completed by Janurt 2014 when the Obamacare taxes kick in.
Not sure what we will do if he is out of work by the end of the year. Roll with the punches, I guess.
Today my husband’s employer called everyone for a meeting. They will let them know in a few weeks if they are closing the coal fired plant where he works. The company was holding off hoping Romney but now it’s full steam ahead on the war on coal.
Good news is that those liberal pukes will suffer the brown outs and increase cost of electricity. I hope it’s a cold winter and they freeze to death.
anyone who didn’t know this is a sucker and I could careless
Some 0bama vagina will demand an abortion at a Catholic Hospital, and a Leftist court will force them to do so or close down. I’ll bet that this will come up and many Catholic Hospitals, 25% of the total, will close.
So many stories similar or this. It makes me wonder just how many companies are going to lay off large numbers of workers or just close up entirely by the end of the year. Very hard to think about. Very scary.
The election is over not the defence contractors can issue their layoff notices?
Did Romney’s Johnny One Note Campaign ever make mention of those 2013 tax increases that would take effect if Obama was retained ?
“So with another four years for President Obama..”
There’s another issue not being culled out.
If a company has x hours of work required to complete a set of tasks and has to cut the hours of some number of workers, they still have x hours of work to be done. That means more part-time workers must be hired and trained to complete the x hours of work.
That then requires additional supervisors because of the inefficiencies introduced by the additional workers, more people to hire, train, supervise, fire, etc.
This translates to higher costs which must be passed along in cost of goods, so the ultimate “beneficiary” of Obama’s policies is the consumer paying higher prices for the same stuff.
I wish there was a morning after pill that I could take and abort last night’s election. America is on life support..I am in serious mourning.
VA stands to lose about 200K in jobs because of layoffs from gov’t contracting.
Obama got the contractors to refrain from sending out layoff notices in October [in violation of the FEAR Act] so that he could win VA in the election. He said that the gov’t would pay any fines levied on the contractors due to the violation ...
Can’t wait for the weenies that voted for O to get their layoff notices that will now be forthcoming !!!
Praying for your son and his family. I was one of those people a year ago.
The stunning consequences haven’t begun to be understood by those who chose wilfull ignorance. I hope they enjoy their foodstamps and Obamaphones.
I’ve read down to comment #30, and people just keep adding more real world anecdotes.
That then requires additional supervisors because of the inefficiencies introduced by the additional workers, more people to hire, train, supervise, fire, etc.
This translates to higher costs which must be passed along in cost of goods, so the ultimate beneficiary of Obamas policies is the consumer paying higher prices for the same stuff."
It also translates into "new jobs" for BO to claim.
I think that's a great idea - seriously. And I don't think there is any law against it.
Companies that do so could advertise they have a “Live Your Vote” Policy.
Company’s forced to layoff could announce they have to Obamasize their workforce...
Some cars in my general neighborhood have been sporting “I love Obamacare” bumper stickers.
Every voter knew what was coming when they voted for obama. They could see the high gas prices everytime they filled up their cars. Apparently they don’t care. Or they just don’t believe it. Now they will be getting an education in business 101 and a dose of reality.
The guy who owns the pizza shop. He buys boxes to put the pizzas in. He buys ingredients. He rents a building. His taxes go up and he can’t afford to pay for insurance or the fine so he goes out of business.
So the obama voter goes down the street to the other pizza joint and is shocked to see the pizzas now cost more. There are fewer companies buying boxes and ingredients so the costs went up and the pizza shop had to add the higher costs to his pizzas. Now the obama voter’s take own pay has dropped so he has to stop buying pizzas. Then the second pizza shop closes. Now all these laid off employees are looking for jobs and they’ll work for less money. So one of them takes the obama voter’s job. Welcome to reality, obamaboy.
Obama voters don’t care. They will still be blaming Bush because you never allow the poor black man who “cares” take the responsibility. Republicans will not hit this man hard out of fear of looking mean to the black “caring” president and will allow Bush to take the heat as absurd as it is.
When Obama leaves office in 2016 the media will do glowing stories on the first black president who passed the much desired and high effective healthcare bill that that helped poor uninsured people have coverage for the breast cancer. They’ll write stories on how he cared and tried to turn around the Bush legacy during his 8 years but fell short, if only he had another 8 years.
The republicans better pick a strong leader nationally who can lay this bastard out hard in the media and just deal with the media slings and arrows or else they’re asses will be the blame for all the layoffs. Yea I know magical messiah is the leader of the country and his party runs the senate but the media will still be covering for this flop of a president because they WILL NOT as fat lazy white liberals allow the first black prez to get the blame.
Conservatives better make sure they tie all these job loses to the healthcare bill or else they’re gonna be blamed and big mean business will be blamed.
*their not they’re
it’s 5am :)
Corning Glass Works laid off 225 ppl today.
CEO is a big Obama fan.
Obamacare is no longer a what-if; it is the future of health care in America. It also means a near immediate impact on the economy. With 20 or so new or higher taxes set to be implemented, ranging from a $123 billion surtax on investment income, through the $20 billion medical device tax, all the way down to the $600 million executive compensation limit, Obamacare will be a nearly unbearable tax burden on the economy. Who will pay? The middle-class workforce, of course.Great, those huge budget deficits will make a great wedge issues in a couple of years. NOT.
The husband of a friend of ours was laid off yesterday, along with about 100 of his coworkers. They were told directly that the action was necessary because of Obama’s reelection and Obamacare.
My wife, who runs the food bank at our church, had to run over to meet his wife at the food bank to give them food. Another Obama success story!
Worse - he told Lockheed and the other big defense contractors NOT to issue the advance notice of pending layoffs required by the WARN Act. He said the taxpayers would pay the contractors’ legal fees when the fired employees sued the contractors for violating the WARN Act.
Executive Order #138.......... Thou shalt not lay off any body
You missed a few.
Boeing Announces Big Layoffs in Defense Division
Cut 30 percent of management jobs
Rocketdyne lays off 100 mostly in San Fernando Valley
As a current member of the heath care work force, I have scanned the landscape and the vista looks rather bleak. On the one hand, in 14 months, ObamaCare goes live and 30 million newly “insured” individuals will flood the system.
It will be all hands on deck. So if there are hospitals and clinics, drug stores etc that don’t want to play...well they will be assimilated into GHC (GovHealthCare) ala GM.
Us workers who remain will be highly underutilized but sought after by the ever Obama friendly SEIU.