Obamacare compassion is overwhelming

OvercomePardon me while I wipe away the tears of appreciation for the Obama administration’s decision delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate until 2015. The compassion of the administration for businesses struggling to figure out and comply with this regulatory behemoth is overwhelming.

My joy is only slightly diminished by the cynics out there who suggest that the move was purely political in order to get Obamacare’s enablers through another election cycle. The mere suggestion that when people finally “see what is in it” (see Nancy Pelosi’s famous comment) they would react unfavorably at the polls in 2014 is further evidence of the vast right-wing conspiracy.

Never mind that small businesses are still going to be hit with the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), which will increase the cost of insurance regardless of the delayed employer mandate. Never mind that the plans businesses have already made to cut workers hours to get below the magic 30 hours for full-time employees will continue as they now have an extra year to get it done. Never mind that those employees getting their hours cut will have to work two jobs to try and make up the lost income. Never mind that they still will not be able to afford healthcare after the price spikes because of other Obamacare provisions. Never mind that they will still show up at the ER for uncompensated care and just pay the fine under the individual mandate. Never mind that when the dust settles we will have a single payer plan and it will be called Medicaid.

No, this is a time for joy and gratitude. I am verklempt.

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About Charles Owens

Charles Owens has been advocating the interests of small business in the Michigan Legislature for over 25 years, beginning with his tenure at the Michigan Institute of Laundering and Dry-cleaning and currently with the National Federation of Independent Business / Michigan. As the State Director of one of Michigan's most respected small business organizations, Owens is responsible for directing the NFIB in its mission to maintain the viability of small business in the face of expanded legislative and regulatory challenges. Owens has been an active participant in the legislative debate over numerous landmark Michigan issues including: the Michigan Environmental Protection Act, inheritance tax, tort liability reform, Unemployment Insurance reform, Workers’ Compensation, and Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Act (MIOSHA) issues. Owens and the NFIB spearheaded the efforts of other small business groups in the fight for fairness and equity for small business in the debate over the repeal and replacement for the Michigan Business Tax. Owens is a 25 year member of the Capitol Club, a dedicated group of association executives committed to the advancement of legislative advocacy for their respective organizations. In 2005 he was elected by his peers to be President of the organization. In 2006, Owens was ranked as number five of the top ten single interest individual lobbyists in Michigan by Inside Michigan Politics. Under his leadership, NFIB was also ranked in the top twenty lobbyist organizations and top ten single interest lobbying organizations by the same publication. Originally a native of Rockford, Illinois, Owens graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Business Administration. follow on twitter: @OwensNFIB
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