Monday, October 22, 2012

Notable and Quotable:  Obamacare's Rhetoric Vs. Reality, by Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post, October 21, 2012

A sophisticated rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), in a speech in London (1878), referring to Prime Minister Gladstone

October 22, 2012 -  Obamacare encourages employers, particularly fast-food chains, to put workers on part time basi , working less than 30 hours a week, to avoid Obamacare financial penalties.

"The argument about Obamacare is often framed as a moral issue. It’s the caring and compassionate against the cruel and heartless. That’s the rhetoric; the reality is different. Many of us who oppose Obamacare don’t do so because we enjoy seeing people suffer. We believe that, in an ideal world, everyone would have insurance. But we also think that Obamacare has huge drawbacks that outweigh its plausible benefits".

"It creates powerful pressures against companies hiring full-time workers — precisely the wrong approach after the worst economic slump since the Depression. There will be more bewildering regulations, more regulatory uncertainties, more unintended side effects and more disappointments. A costly and opaque system will become more so. "

Tweet:   Employers can save an enormous amount of money by placing workers on part-time status to avoid Obamacare rules forcing coverage above 20 hours.

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