Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Morgan Griffith on Obamacare

From Congressman Morgan Griffith's e-newsletter:

"The President’s Health Care Law – Three Years Later
Nearly three years ago, the President signed his controversial health care reform bill into law, a law commonly known as Obamacare. The law is not yet fully in effect, but Virginians have already begun to see the consequences.

As cited in the Roanoke Times on February 9, 2013:
“Thousands of part-time state workers are being told they’ll be allowed to work no more than 29 hours a week going forward.

“The reason: The federal Affordable Care Act requires that employees working 30 hours a week or more receive health care benefits — which would cost Virginia tens of millions of dollars a year.

“The new policy will mean a pay cut for many part-timers, including adjunct college professors.”
Noted by Community Newspapers of Southwest Virginia on February 19, 2013:
“… Last week, Wytheville joined other towns, cities and counties across the commonwealth in trying to figure out how to pay – or avoid paying, as the case might be – for health insurance for part-time employees. …”
Of course, our health care system is in need of reform. However, that reform should not result in what many predicted would be a job-killing government overreach.

Closing with the Community Newspapers of Southwest Virginia:
“… Consider that these cuts are coming from entities with no profit motive, no corporate board demanding ‘right-sizing,’ no shareholders screaming for costs to be held down and no customers who can take their business elsewhere. Then, ask yourself what the average business, which does face those extra demands, is going to do. …”
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office by email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov.

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