ObamaCare Resistance: Businesses

Companies with more than 50 employees are searching for ways to avoid the penalties for not complying with ObamaCare’s employer mandate. They must either provide government-approved health insurance or pay a fine of $2,000 for each full-time worker. But companies can escape the fines if they make the painful decision to cut workers to part-time (defined in the law as less than 30 hours per week).

One Denny’s franchise owner said he would “love to cover all employees” with health insurance, “but to pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant, and unfortunately, most of our restaurants don’t make $175,000 a year. I can’t afford it.”

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ObamaCare Resistance: Religious Leaders

The Obama Administration’s decision to force employers to provide access to contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization at no cost to their employers has prompted 40 lawsuits thus far by Catholic dioceses and other organizations claiming it violates their First Amendment protection of religious liberty.

Although churches themselves are exempt, the mandate applies to religiously affiliated hospitals, colleges, charities, and social services agencies.¬†¬†Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently said the Catholic Church will “not obey” the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate. He characterized President Obama’s policy as “immoral”.

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ObamaCare Resistance: Congress

House Speaker John Boehner has pledged “vigorous oversight” of ObamaCare and said that House committees are already conducting investigations of possible improper spending.
“There are essentially three major routes to repeal of the President’s law: the courts, the presidential election process and the congressional oversight process. With two of those three routes having come up short, the third and final one becomes more important than ever,” he said.

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ObamaCare Resistance: Governors

ObamaCare relies on states to expand insurance coverage through Medicaid and to set up exchanges (read “bureaucracies”) through which new health insurance subsidies will be distributed.

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) explaining why his state will NOT be creating a state ObamaCare exchange. “The full extent of damage the law causes to small businesses, the nation’s economy, and the American health care system will only be revealed with time. The State of Louisiana has no interest in being a party to this failure.”
So far, 21 states have said they definitely or probably will NOT set up state exchanges. States recently joining the opposition include Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine, Nebraska, South Carolina, Georgia, and Indiana.

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