Elections Have Consequences: Wal-Mart Dropping Healthcare
While Wal-Mart’s new hire healthcare policy may be breaking news to Obama voters, it is of little surprise to those of us who did not vote for him and who understand that “2 + 2″ does not equal covering everyone, for everything, while paying less. Instead it turns out two plus two equals our being one step closer to a single payer system for all.
While Obama positioned health care reform as a panacea of coverage, a closer look at the law passed clearly illustrates its true intention is to move millions of people from the private health care system to a system run by government. I get chills thinking of my last trip to the DMV, and imagining getting my health care and not my driver’s license.
A liberal will shriek, “But President Obama said if I like my plan I can keep it. You’re using scare tactics, he’s only trying to make sure preexisting conditions are covered and the uninsured are insured.” Maybe, I’ll let you decide.
According to an employer-sponsored health care cost study released by MEPS (Medical Expenditure Panel Survey), the 2008 average healthcare total premium costs were:
Single employee coverage: $4,386
Employee plus one coverage: $8,535
Family coverage: $12,298
Compare the figures above to the $2,000 fine an employer would pay for not offering health care coverage to full-time employees.
So, let me get out my calculator. As a business owner I have a tough decision to make. Do I pay a $2,000 fine or offer my employees coverage at a cost to my business of more than double the penalty for single coverage and more than five times the penalty for family coverage? I’m not a math genius, but I would say the choice has all but been made for me.
In addition, offering employees’ coverage does not protect an employer from government fines. Assume an employer decides they will continue offering healthcare coverage, regardless of any financial gain for not doing so. Making this decision potentially places the employer at risk for a $3,000 fine if the coverage they offer is not deemed affordable by — you guessed it — the government.
You may now be asking yourself, why on earth would Obamacare set the employer penalty for not offering employee’s health care coverage significantly less than the average health care expense from over 4 years ago, or potentially fine those employers who do offer coverage? Somehow this doesn’t make sense if what Obama says is true: “if you like your coverage you can keep it.”
When you make it more affordable for a business to pay a fine for dropping employee coverage while expanding the Medicaid eligibility umbrella, you get one step closer to a single payer system. This is the true intention of Obamacare.
Yes, elections do have consequences. Many joined me in doing their best to describe to those around us what four more years of Obama would bring. Unfortunately, most did not listen and it is likely many Obama voters will be hurt first, and hurt worst by his reelection. However, the blame will fall to the “evil company” for dropping coverage.
- Thanks Barack. Wal-Mart to Drop Insurance for New Hires (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Walmart’s New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden To Taxpayers, Obamacare (libertycrier.com)
- Walmart Announces They Will End Health Insurance For New Hires (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Gallup: Majority opposes federal health-care guarantee for first time (hotair.com)