Surprise(s)! ObamaCare’s third birthday

posted at 10:01 am on March 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I spent most of this weekend traveling back from Rome and Vatican City, which included an 11-hour stay in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.  Unfortunately, that meant I was unable to attend the third birthday party of ObamaCare, but at least American Action Network celebrated it … in a manner of speaking.  Late Saturday, they released this look back on the backwards birthdays of the so-called Affordable Care Act, which gives surprises to the party’s attendees — unpleasant surprises (via the Weekly Standard):

Erika did a fine job in covering the “sharp increases” in premiums that ObamaCare will produce, making the “Affordable” part of the ACA’s title an exercise in irony.  I hadn’t heard about the Five Guys story until now.  And here I was, hoping to get a good burger at a good price after dining in Rome for the last sixteen days:

“Any added costs are going to have to be passed on,” said Mike Ruffer, a Five Guys franchise holder with eight of the popular restaurants in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area. He will need all the profits from at least one of his eight outlets just to cover his estimated added $60,000-a year in new Obamacare costs.

What’s more, he’s iced plans to build another three restaurants until after the administration explains the exact rules and penalties employers will face. The law’s plan to have those available March 1 has been pushed back to October.

“I’m kind of in a holding pattern,” said Ruffer, a former Marriott executive who added that many franchise owners are in a similar situation.

Ruffer was the star witness at a Monday Heritage Foundation seminar on the impact Obamacare will have on small businesses. He is typical of many: Because he has enough full time employees to activate the law, he faces either coughing up the money to provide health insurance or paying a fine of up to $3,000 per worker.

Under ObamaCare, it’s likely to be Three Guys Working Part Time Burgers.


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Excellent video. That Pelosi quote deserves it’s own place in the history of ignorant politics.

CitizenEgg on March 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Did they have the party at John Robert’s house?

fogw on March 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

If Obamacare is the gift that keeps on giving, I want a refund.

indypat on March 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Obama, the everlasting job-stopper.

The Rogue Tomato on March 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

We can’t be more than a decade out from gulags.

tom daschle concerned on March 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Maybe Five Guys should open a restaurant in Rome.

22044 on March 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Another 20,000 pages of regulations ought to fix this. No problem!

Naturally Curly on March 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Maybe Five Guys should open a restaurant in Rome.

22044 on March 25, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Great idea! They can call it Cinque Guidi, and I’ll cover the opening.

Ed Morrissey on March 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I’d like to re-gift this…

Maybe to the Syrians. They’re all Fluked-up, anyway.

trigon on March 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I have leftist relatives, all extremely educated. They have no idea what Obamacare is, how it was put together, what it will do. They are Low Information Voters. They have a bizarre and unassailable faith that it will help people, and a fierce anti-capitalist faith that it will go after the greedy insurance companies. This is what we’re up against.

rrpjr on March 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

And, Welcome Back Ed!

Nice job in Rome.

trigon on March 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I, for one, am so looking forward to when this whole thing kicks in. Liberals are going to howl! For the first time in their lives, they’re actually going to have to pay for one of their pet programs; Obamacare a world away from the concept of tax the rich and thinking you’re untouched.

I’m actually going to enjoy this, I think.

Liam on March 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Obama, the everlasting job-stopper.

The Rogue Tomato on March 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Willy Wonka reference for the win!

MelonCollie on March 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Obama, the everlasting job-stopper.

The Rogue Tomato on March 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Love it!

sandee on March 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

One thing is for sure..

Low Info workers will be working two part time jobs just to get 40 hr/week.
Will make the unemployment numbers drop…

Utopia!

Electrongod on March 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

After a couple of years Obama will declare ObamaCare a horrible piece of legislation and blame the GOP for it. He will then declare that the only solution is for the government to take over health care … of course the media will comply.

NBC: “Thanks to the GOP people can no longer afford health insurance”.

CBS: “The GOP’s health care law is forcing doctors to drop Medicare patients”.

MSNBC: “The only reason the GOP passed this horrible law was to hurt minorities”.

CNN: “GOPcare is killing jobs and driving up unemployment … President Obama must do something about the Republican’s horrible law”.

darwin on March 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Welcome back Ed, great job over there.

ToddPA on March 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I had a dream, they don’t fund it–the same with Naolitano’s refusal to devulge the ammo stuff–cut off the funding until they tell America what and why. But then my dream shifted to a nightmare where Mccain, Graham and RINO Rove demanded the GOP fund everthing the socialists wanted–except for the social conservatives wish list.

Don L on March 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

darwin on March 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I can easily picture your scenario happening, but I’m not sure it might fly. Then again, many liberals already hate the term ‘Obamacare’, so you may well end up being right. Time will tell, I guess.

Liam on March 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

I have leftist relatives, all extremely educated. They have no idea what Obamacare is, how it was put together, what it will do. They are Low Information Voters. They have a bizarre and unassailable faith that it will help people, and a fierce anti-capitalist faith that it will go after the greedy insurance companies. This is what we’re up against.

rrpjr on March 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

First define “extremely educated”… Liberals arts degrees do not count as education as they are meaningless… And also tell us how greedy and envious your leftist relatives are because Envy and Greed are the roots of leftism…

mnjg on March 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I can easily picture your scenario happening, but I’m not sure it might fly. Then again, many liberals already hate the term ‘Obamacare’, so you may well end up being right. Time will tell, I guess.

Liam on March 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Our biggest enemy is the media. They control what a large percentage of the populace does and thinks.

darwin on March 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Folks do not worry about the most important fundamentals of an economy which is GDP growth and employment… As long as the Wall Street Limousine Liberals and the Federal Reserve are creating the biggest bubble of all times based on printing trillions of dollars we shall be all set even if we have zero GDP growth, very high unemployment, and that most mew hired are i part time jobs… Enjoy the record DOW… All is great…

mnjg on March 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I, for one, am so looking forward to when this whole thing kicks in. Liberals are going to howl! For the first time in their lives, they’re actually going to have to pay for one of their pet programs; Obamacare a world away from the concept of tax the rich and thinking you’re untouched.

I’m actually going to enjoy this, I think.

Liam on March 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

When the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare came out, I posted a comment on Legal Insurrection that there was at least one good thing about it: it would give people the chance to see for themselves how horribly these idiotic liberal policies work out when they’re actually put in place. If Obamacare had been struck down, we’d have been hearing libs lament for decades about how much better, cheaper, more efficient, etc., American healthcare would have been if only those evil conservative SCOTUS judges had not killed Obamacare.

My comment received a lot of red (down) arrows, but I still think it’s a valid point. Sometimes you can tell people something, but they just won’t believe it until they experience it themselves. Unfortunately, a lot of people (some of them innocent, some not) are going to be hurt (and even killed) by this stupid law. It’s a shame that the entire country has to go through this disaster, but hopefully enough people will learn from it so that maybe we can avoid an even bigger mistake in the future.

AZCoyote on March 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Our biggest enemy is the media. They control what a large percentage of the populace does and thinks.

darwin on March 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

True, but they’re losing ground. How many conglomerates have quit printing and gone to strictly digital formats? You’re correct that they still hold much sway, but over time it’s going to diminish much more. The decline of liberal media is ongoing, hopefully to get worse for them. One of the things in Olbermann’s recent lawsuit, for example, is that he can’t find a job — no one wants him. He’s supposedly looking for a new gig at ESPN, but I’ve heard no further news on how that’s going for him.

The MSM are hurting. Still relevant, to be sure, but it seems to me at this point they’re like the last dinosaurs trying to survive after the KT event.

Liam on March 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Our biggest enemy is the media. They control what a large percentage of the populace does and thinks.

darwin on March 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

The liberal media is one of our two biggest enemies… The other biggest enemy are the Limousine Liberals who control Wall Street and can destroy the makerkets in few days if the Federal Reserve stops printing the trillions of dollars and lending it to them at zero interest or if Federal Reserve stops buying $ 40 billion of the banks toxic assets each month…

mnjg on March 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

AZCoyote on March 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I totally agree with you there. It’s going to hurt a lot, but that’s sadly the only way some people are able to learn. Most such people are liberals, and it’s high time they get a taste of what they have demanded so long. It’s been too easy for them for too long to sit on Main Street and scream about taxing to death the man who lives in the mansion in the hill.

This time, everybody hurts. What I find even funnier is how liberals who love Obamacare dislike how I get kicks out of seeing them have to hurt, too. They would me ‘evil’ and ‘mean’ anyway, so it doesn’t matter. We warned them, but they did not listen. Now, the tax man comes knocking on their door as well as mine.

Turnabout is fair play, and we didn’t have to lift a finger.

Liam on March 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I spent most of this weekend traveling back from Rome and Vatican City, which included an 11-hour stay in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

…good!…safe and sound!…hope the second hand smoke at the airport didn’t effect you…it’s usually not tabacco!

KOOLAID2 on March 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Well, Nancy Piglosi said we’d have to pass the bill to see what was in it.

bw222 on March 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

The law’s plan to have those available March 1 has been pushed back to October.

Has anyone told Nancy-poo that WE’RE STILL WAITING “to see what’s in it”?

GarandFan on March 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I have leftist relatives, all extremely educated. They have no idea what Obamacare is, how it was put together, what it will do. They are Low Information Voters. They have a bizarre and unassailable faith that it will help people, and a fierce anti-capitalist faith that it will go after the greedy insurance companies. This is what we’re up against.

rrpjr on March 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I also have flaming liberal relatives, including a sister who is a retired MD and nieces with PhDs in chemistry/biology. No mushy liberal arts degrees there. However, they all think ObamaCare is just great, and it “will help” the poor. They detest Paul Ryan and his budget ideas and believe that Obama is just wonderful. That’s what we’re up against–total disregard for facts and consequences. I’ve decided my sister looks at the whole issue through ‘older sibling’ eyes–”I know what’s good for you even if you don’t think so, and I’m going to make you do it for your own good”.

mathgal60 on March 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

It’s a shame that the entire country has to go through this disaster, but hopefully enough people will learn from it so that maybe we can avoid an even bigger mistake in the future.

AZCoyote on March 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I’m having a hard time imaging a mistake that could be bigger than this.

skeneogden on March 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I, for one, am so looking forward to when this whole thing kicks in. Liberals are going to howl! For the first time in their lives, they’re actually going to have to pay for one of their pet programs; Obamacare a world away from the concept of tax the rich and thinking you’re untouched.

I’m actually going to enjoy this, I think.

Liam on March 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Me too. What’s interesting is that they held all the cards 3 years ago and still managed to pass a bill no real liberal could be for. They’re draining $700B from Medicare – the closest thing we have to a single-payer universal program and handing it over to the greedy pharma and insurance companies.

Germany charges 16% payroll taxes for their system. If anyone thinks universal health care can be funded by taxing the rich and fake savings that never materialize, they’re quite ignorant.

Chuck Schick on March 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Just found out the student workers at our institution of higher learning can’t work more than 29.5 hours per week.

Why you ask?

Said place of employment doesn’t want to pay the health care costs of the student workforce.

So much for kids having full-time summer jobs.

normschaef on March 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Personally, I think it will be easier for the dems to shift blame to companies and businesses. Along the lines of “People don’t have full time jobs because business owners are cheap and don’t want to comply with Obamacare.” Or business owners don’t want to use their evil profits or something.
It will in no way be because the law is bad.

hopeful on March 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I’m having a hard time imaging a mistake that could be bigger than this.

skeneogden on March 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I can think of one. It has rat-ears, looks like the devil, and just got another four years.

Happy Nomad on March 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Said place of employment doesn’t want to pay the health care costs of the student workforce.

So much for kids having full-time summer jobs.

normschaef on March 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

At this point what difference does it make. There will be plenty of people who are looking for full-time regular jobs in the same boat. Those kids just getting a teachable moment of what happens when you’ve got a bunch of parasites usurping common sense when it comes to elections. Plus those college kids get to mooch off their parents healthcare until age 27.

Happy Nomad on March 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

He is typical of many: Because he has enough full time employees to activate the law, he faces either coughing up the money to provide health insurance or paying a fine of up to $3,000 per worker.

Or he turns each restaurant into an individual company with an employee count under the threshold for ObamaCare.

This is very common in France, entrepreneurs have several small companies instead of a single larger company in order to avoid government decrees.

RJL on March 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

So much for kids having full-time summer jobs.

normschaef on March 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

At this point what difference does it make. There will be plenty of people who are looking for full-time regular jobs in the same boat.

Happy Nomad on March 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Or a part-time junk job just to pay the bills.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any.

MelonCollie on March 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

He is typical of many: Because he has enough full time employees to activate the law, he faces either coughing up the money to provide health insurance or paying a fine of up to $3,000 per worker.

Or he turns each restaurant into an individual company with an employee count under the threshold for ObamaCare.

This is very common in France, entrepreneurs have several small companies instead of a single larger company in order to avoid government decrees.

RJL on March 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

The progs planned for that. If he breaks his company up into multiple companies, they still count as one entity because he owns them all. Even if one company is a restaurant and the other is a limousine service, the headcounts are lumped together for purposes of Obamacare.

slickwillie2001 on March 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

slickwillie2001 on March 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Yeeesh. They’ve got the escape routes covered then.

MelonCollie on March 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM