Skiers on a ski-lift

Obamacare: “As Snowboarders Say: Bummer”

The Union Leader reports that in New Hampshire, Obamacare may mean shorter ski seasons for some ski resorts:

Among Obamacare’s myriad negative effects on small businesses could be this: shorter ski seasons in New Hampshire.

At a forum on the Affordable Care Act held last week, Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Ski Resort, said the resort might shorten its season because it cannot afford to offer health insurance to its full-time seasonal employees who work for more than 120 consecutive days, as the law requires.

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Doctor

Policy Analyst with Chronic Pain Condition: Obamacare Has Failed Me

Priya Abraham, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation, a free market think tank in Pennsylvania, is qualified to talk about Obamacare on several accounts.  She is a policy analyst; she suffers from a pre-existing condition, fibromyalgia, a chronic and often debilitating pain condition; and she has bought an Obamacare plan that has failed to meet her needs.

In a recent op-ed Abraham noted:

My need to see specialists and try expensive prescriptions makes affordable health insurance crucial to softening the financial sting. This longtime uninsured, sickly gal ought to be happy.

Plaster my picture on Healthcare.gov now, right?

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IRS Prepares for Greater Role in Implementing Obamacare

“We’re always worried about that,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said when asked whether he was concerned the agency could suffer similar tech problems suffered — or caused — by the Department of Health and Human Services as they worked to implement Obamacare.

The agency is gearing up for new responsibilities in implementing the health care law, which will expand during the next filing season.

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Obamacare “Fix” Raises Serious Questions

This week the House will debate and vote on the Save American Workers Act of 2014 (H.R. 2575), which would repeal Obamacare’s 30-hour rule and replace it with a 40 hour rule.

There is absolutely no doubt Obamacare’s 30-hour work week threshold has harmed individuals as employers predictably cut back on hours.  In October 2011, The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk predicted it would “price many unskilled workers out of full-time employment.  He continued:

The employer mandate will also encourage employers to replace full-time jobs with part-time positions. Obamacare does not penalize employers for not providing health benefits to part-time employees, so part-time positions will cost much less to fill than full-time positions.

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No April Fools Joke: Rep. Wasserman Schultz Can’t Think of Any Fixes to Obamacare

This is not an April Fools joke.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz12%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard12% actually went on national television and said she can’t think of a bill that lawmakers could pass to fix Obamacare.  When asked about the problems with the law, she said there is “nothing glaring.”  Instead, she suggested that any law could have “tics.”

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