July 16, 2012

Resistance to ObamaCare is futile. It’s not like you built your business yourself, anyway [Darleen Click]

Obama’s “Kill Romney” campaign sneers that Mitt never created one job, just “fired people.”

Ahem

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s health care decision, several companies with 50 or more full-time workers have embarked on a quest.

Their aim: Get below 50 and dodge the employer mandate. [...]

Kari DePhillips, who co-owns the Content Factory, a public relations firm in Pittsburgh, was hoping she could just break up the company to sidestep the rule. Maybe one firm would do marketing while the other builds websites.

The small company is on pace to exceed the 50-worker threshold in the next few years. DePhillips doesn’t want to provide health care, and she definitely doesn’t want to pay the penalty, which would be $2,000 per full-time worker minus the first 30.

“A $40,000 fine to my company would be catastrophic,” she said.

The only problem with her break-up plan is that it won’t work. The government would still consider both of her companies as one. That’s because the employer mandate penalty relies on “controlled group” provisions, focusing on who controls the company — not necessarily what they do. [...]

[R]esistance to the rule is futile. The penalty only looks at who owns part or all of the company.

If doesn’t matter is you own two completely different businesses, each with a staff of less that 50. Or that you own one business and your spouse owns another. Get used it, you filthy, stinking vulture capitalists who didn’t really build your business in the first place! You will not escape the clutches the benevolent embrace of ObamaCare!

Oh, wait …

The other way business owners are planning to deal with the law is a devastating one. They plan to cut staff and switch full-time employees to part-time, which the law classifies as less than 30 hours per week.

Posted by Darleen @ 11:10am
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  1. Steyn’s on it, as usual: Your Land is My Land.

  2. The other way business owners are planning to deal with the law is a devastating one. They plan to cut staff and switch full-time employees to part-time, which the law classifies as less than 30 hours per week.

    When Adam Smith wrote about the “division of labor,” this is not what he had in mind.

  3. OT, oh joy

    PAWLENTY GETS A SECOND LOOK: Mitt Romney has already made his decision on who he’ll pick as his running mate, an announcement which could come this week, according to a New York Times report, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who shares a close relationship with the Romney family and has become an energetic cheerleader for the GOP nominee, sits at the top of the list four years after he was passed over for the number two spot by John McCain.

    Pawlenty for VP: Because excitement is risky!

  4. - Sure Darleen, but how long do you think it would take the Obama politoboro to find a way to lower the employee count requirement to say “2 or more”.

    – The way you escape the Borg is to eliminate them, not to negotiate.

  5. Check this, Darleen.
    http://cnnmon.ie/OJC4Zl

    Even health reform critics say: Quit repeal talk

    …The penalty doesn’t count the first 30 workers, but charges $2,000 for each one after that. A 50-employee company would pay $40,000.

    That rule has long worried Gary Kneller, who opposes the added cost. The president of CareMinders Home Care in Atlanta doesn’t offer health insurance to all of his 130 employees, most of whom are per diem and work on a short-term basis. Benefits would be too expensive, he said.

    But even he quietly celebrated on Thursday, when the Supreme Court issued its decision. At the very least, it was provided certainty – or so he thought. He’s now worried the law’s future will be compromised by another Washington D.C. battle fought along party lines.

    “I would like to see politicians take a look at this act and review it to see if there are any places we can tweak it to make it more cost effective and efficient,” Kneller said. “But not go back to square one and get rid of the entire act and go back to where we’ve been for the last 30 or 40 years.”

    Yes, that repeal movement is alive and well. For purposes of reading it as a tax, or a penalty. Or something.

  6. “I would like to see politicians take a look at this act and review it to see if there are any places we can tweak it to make it more cost effective and efficient,” Kneller said.

    I won’t be weeping any tears when he goes bankrupt.

  7. Gary Kneller, … president of CareMinders Home Care in Atlanta

    You can’t fix stupid.

  8. “But not go back to square one and get rid of the entire act and go back to where we’ve been for the last 30 or 40 years.”

    Wait … 40 years ago was 1972. WTF was wrong with “healthcare” in 1972?

    Or even 1982? In ’82 I was a young SAHM, preggers plus two kids, hubby working for Toyota and we had Ross Loos HMO.

  9. - While the Emporer fiddled….. Good morning in ‘Omerica’…..

  10. Just when you thought it was safe to visit NYC again.

  11. Things like the whole “you didn’t really build your business in the first place” bother me a lot, and not just the chutzpa of the statement.

    What really bothers me is that 9YO could see through the argument (you not only built the business, but all that other stuff wouldn’t have been done without the businesses you and others like you built).

    But vast swaths of the population don’t have the sense of a 9YO. All they see is the politicians hauling a camera crew out to catch them in a ribbon cutting ceremony where they take all the credit for the new freeway or whatever, when they themselves contributed nary a dime to the construction. If fact, they’re one of the expenses of the project.

    That, the dumbed down populace, more than anything scares me about the future for the country. It makes me think unsettling thoughts like ‘Obama isn’t really the problem, he’s just a symptom’.

  12. Wait … 40 years ago was 1972. WTF was wrong with “healthcare” in 1972?

    I’m not sure what the problem was in 1972, but Ted Kennedy fixed it by creating the HMO.

  13. - Similar thoughts trouble me as well LB, going forward.

    – The “great Utopian experiment” will fail, like all those before it, causing whatever extensive damage and suffering as it will, but also leaving in its wake an even more potentialy disasterous backlash in the form of a new wave of political puritism.

    – History has shown us we have far more to fear from governing vacuums, and the horrors they beget, than the worst any Anarchist ever dreamed of.

    – I wish I could say I was optimistic, but we’ve all seen this movie before. Things are most likely going to get far worse before they get better….its inevitable.

  14. “Anthony Weiner’s not shrinking* from elected office.”

    – George Costanza is demanding a retraction.

  15. Surprising exactly no-one who ever heard of employee-number capped laws in Spain or France or elsewhere.

  16. If, as Dear Leader says, you didn’t create your business, someone else did, then someone else can pay the frikken’ taxes.

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  18. I want Obama to get fired. I hear all these great thinga about funemployment and I think BOY I bet that hard working Obama would sure like that kind of time off to just decompress, unwind, find himself, and watch the country collapse into one huge miserable Chicago/Detroit/San Francisco!

  19. I just want to say that Glenn Beck’s first hour was hilarious: plenty of Pat’s high-pitched girl-screams of insanity at hearing Obama insist that Romney needs to take responsibility for what happened while he was at Bain, even if only nominally, because as Harry Truman said, “The buck stops with you.”

    I kid you not: that’s how Obama said it.

  20. This just tweeted: linky for my last.

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