Remember when then-Speaker Pelosi said that the ACA was a job creator? Later, she said we’d have to read the bill to know everything that’s in it. Then she brought the bill to a vote before anyone had time to read it. Kerry Picket’s reporting shows Pelosi didn’t tell the truth:
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.
Let’s be blunt about something. These layoffs will cause families’ incomes to drop. When President Bush left office, the average family income was just short of $55,000. Once these layoffs hit and other employees are reduced to part time status, we’ll be fortunate if average family income hits $48,000 a year.
That’s the economic reality of President Obama’s economic policies. Simply put, he’s a total disaster. His best job creation month hasn’t even hit 300,000. Reagan’s best month, job creation-wise, was in Sept., 1983. That month, the economy created 1,100,000 jobs. In other words, Reagan’s best month created slightly fewer jobs than were created in President Obama’s best year.
Thanks to President Obama’s disastrous policies, we’re now stuck with 4 more years of President Obama’s failed economic policies. None of President Obama’s policies is more disastrous than the ACA.
A frequent progressive commenter just asked if Republicans ever did anything for the public good. Considering the fact that President Obama’s policies were implemented via his my-way-or-the-highway tactics. More importantly, they’ve failed miserably.
I’ve said it before & I’ll repeat it again: there’s no virtue in agreeing with the left’s disastrous policies.