In his letter on May 12, Gregory Hamer accuses columnist Stephanie Grace of distorting the facts to support her opinion and then does the same exact thing himself. The point currently before the Supreme Court is that the act appears to allow for subsidies only for those who buy insurance via a state-run exchange but not through the federal exchange.
Since the Affordable Care Act allows for states to either build their own insurance exchanges OR rely on the federal one, it makes sense that the rules governing the people insured by either would be the same — at least at the critical points of the law. Perhaps the most critical point of “Obamacare” is that those who cannot afford insurance can get subsidies to help them pay.
Since the main point of “Obamacare” is to provide people with “affordable” insurance (i.e., the actual bill title), if anyone could articulate a logical reason that Congress would want to punish folks who cannot afford insurance (by denying subsidies) simply because their state decided not to build its own exchange, I would be glad to hear it.
Hamer makes a common — though mistaken — claim regarding businesses cutting worker hours to avoid paying for health insurance. This is just part of the Republican propaganda plot to undermine the law.
In October 2013, both Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal reported that this claim was false. The vast majority of the increase in hiring that the Republicans don’t want to talk about over the past few years has been for full-time positions.
In fact, surveys show that “Obamacare” has allowed hundreds of thousands of workers who hold jobs only to get insurance to decrease their own hours to part-time and still keep their benefits.
The notion that “Obamacare” is destroying small businesses is also false.
Because a business has to have more than 50 employees to qualify for the mandate, relatively few businesses are affected. Since about 96 percent of all U.S. businesses have fewer than 50 employees AND over 96 percent of large (50+ employees) companies already provide health care benefits, less than 0.2 percent of U.S. companies are affected. That is about 10,000 out of 6 million American businesses.
Shame on those companies for not providing this benefit without being forced to.
One of the more vocal “this is going to ruin me” folks was the owner of Papa John’s Pizza. After he admitted that he could provide health care insurance for all of his employees by raising the price of a large pizza by 11 cents — Papa shut up.
Smart guy. More folks should follow his lead.
IT consultant Baton Rouge