Hollywood: Hey, this Obamacare thing is going to be pretty costly and complicated for us

posted at 8:41 pm on June 27, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Not even the kind of cash Hollywood donated to President Obama can protect them from unintended consequences.

Three letters have been giving the payroll-services industry fits for several months now: ACA. That’s the semi-acronym for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and it’s up to the payroll industry — which cuts checks to production workers and offers related financial services to TV and film studios — to help educate its clients on the rules before a good portion of the law kicks in Jan. 1.

“It’s a morass of regulations and requirements, and everyone’s trying to figure out what their exposure is,” says Eric Belcher, president and CEO of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services. Adds Mark Goldstein, CEO of Entertainment Partners, which has held 16 seminars to help studios understand ACA: “It’s going to be a very big deal.”

Determining the exact nature of the new laws has been difficult, given that many ACA terms have yet to be worked out. Hollywood productions, for instance, might find it irksome simply trying to categorize employees as full- or part-time, seasonal or variable, and it’s important that they get the classifications right lest they face hefty fines. “ACA is thousands of pages, and it wasn’t written with this industry in mind,” says Belcher.

In fairness, who could have possibly guessed that a top-down solution from Washington and thousands of pages of regulations would cause problems for businesses with unorthodox work schedules, scads of part-time, contract, union and non-union employees from different fields, and the need for flexibility?

So, what’s Hollywood doing about this problem? Gamely making sure they help the president live up to every unfounded promise he made, right? No, they’re acting rationally and pondering such strategies as, “running to foreign countries, given that ACA doesn’t apply to U.S. citizens working abroad.”

Trying to figure out if they can wrap productions within 90 days before the Obamacare coverage requirement kicks in:

Some also say the number of production days in the U.S. are likely to be cut due to ACA because there’s a 90-day waiting period before productions must either pay a penalty or offer health insurance to full-time workers. That rule provides big incentives for a production to wrap in less than three months.

And, wondering if they can minimize their overhead by employing as few full-time workers as possible:

Payroll firm Entertainment Partners has authored a 39-page report that includes 81 frequently asked questions. FAQ No. 7, for example, contains the seven steps to determine whether or not a production employs 50 full-time workers, which would trigger an “employer mandate” for health coverage. In a nutshell, if you’ve got about 40 employees who work 130 hours a month and an additional 20 who work 65 hours monthly, you’re probably subject to the mandate.

I have a feeling this is headed the direction of the New York gun-control legislation, which found a surprising, hilariously hypocritical critic after its passage— in Hollywood:

ALBANY — The sweeping gun control measure signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and hailed by Democratic leaders has a surprising critic: Hollywood.

Officials in the movie and television industry say the new laws could prevent them from using the lifelike assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that they have employed in shows like “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and films like “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Twenty-seven film and television projects, including programs like “Blue Bloods” and “Person of Interest,” are now in production in New York State using assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Industry workers say that they need to use real weapons for verisimilitude, that it would be impractical to try to manufacture fake weapons that could fire blanks, and that the entertainment industry should not be penalized accidentally by a law intended as a response to mass shootings.

Well, we certainly wouldn’t want any law-abiding citizens with no intent to kill anyone “penalized accidentally by a law intended as a response to mass shootings.” So, in New York, you have the ludicrous display of the industry responsible for more gun porn than the entire NRA, whose big players happily smear the rest of the country’s law-abiding gun owners as murderers, asking for an exception to the rule many of them lobbied for so they can continue to make gun porn.

I expect to see the same on Obamacare. A bunch of good-looking, rich people to whom backing Obamacare gives a thrill of moral superiority will tell the rest of us we should embrace the law because it’s good, you see. Then, all their production companies will find exceptions to the law because they don’t want to be “accidentally penalized by a law intended” to help the little people. And, then Alec Baldwin will take millions to shill for Capital One, and the beat goes on.

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if costs go up, Hollywood movies might start to suck!

Chuck Schick on June 27, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Hollywood productions, for instance, might find it irksome simply trying to categorize employees as full- or part-time, seasonal or variable, and it’s important that they get the classifications right lest they face hefty fines. “ACA is thousands of pages, and it wasn’t written with this industry in mind,” says Belcher.

Not to worry…they’ll get some kind of a waver.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM

“waiver”…dangit

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Gun Porn! Yipee!!

Like I give a damn about Hollywood.

They can go suck rotten eggs…

Scrumpy on June 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

As I have always maintained the 0ba,a HellCare act will hurt minorities, women, and children the hardest…..just like every leftist democrat policy passed in the past 180 years.

jukin3 on June 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago

Lol. It’s good either way… :)

Scrumpy on June 27, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Isn’t the Obama administration counting on Hollywood to sell Obamacare by flooding the zone with ‘product placement’ in their television shows and movies?

Aren’t we overdue for another Helen Hunt rant on health insurance companies?

Resist We Much on June 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Don’t worry..
The NFL will get the word out….

And I hear that Aaron Hernandez will host the first commercial..

Free ObamaCare coming his way and all..

Electrongod on June 27, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Bwahahahahahahaha! Deal with it Hollywood, you pushed this POS on us. I hope SNL is particularly hard hit.

rbj on June 27, 2013 at 8:50 PM

If it keeps movies like “World War Z” from every being made again then I’m all for BarkyCare shutting down Hollyweird.

Movie sucked from top to bottom, what a waste of an opportunity.

Bishop on June 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

OMG, it wasn’t written with their precious industry in mind??!! Just like the congress and its very special aides, right?! It was just written for the rest of us schmucks. Seriously these people make me utterly sick to my stomach.

ellifint on June 27, 2013 at 8:53 PM

A small price to pay for the service rendered on behalf of the Regime.

Suck it up, Hollywierd.

Plus Ellen can get married now, so ya got that going for ya too.

Bruno Strozek on June 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Gun Axe Eye Porn! Yipee!!

Scrumpy on June 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Snort.

Resist We Much on June 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Im sure some cabinet member is empowered to grant waivers. If not, they’ll do it anyway.

Fenris on June 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Resist We Much on June 27, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Dang!! PMSL!!!! That last one… wooohooo!!

Stunning!!

Well worth the wait… you did not disappoint!!

^ 5

Scrumpy on June 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

They’ll buy a waiver, doesn’t matter if it’s from Obama or a future Republican President. This is how business is done in America.

Daemonocracy on June 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

“Three letters have been giving the payroll-services industry fits for several months now: CACA.” — Slow Joe BiteMe

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Looks like Obama can’t count on Hollywood to sell his plan like he thought. Then again, why promote it? The law is in place, so advertising it is only to try making people feel better while they’re getting the shaft. It’s just another way to try getting people to keep loving Obama when movies will be a luxury and a treat like dinner in an expensive restaurant, for lack of an entertainment budget.

Not only do I hope liberals in general harshly suffer at last. Let Hollywood take a massive hit, too, for people being unable to afford to take the family to the latest movie release.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Choke

Bmore on June 27, 2013 at 9:03 PM

I got a hundred that says giving hollywood a waiver is fair compensation to lying and propagandizing for 0bama hellcare.

You know it is coming.

jukin3 on June 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Scumps, TYVM. He’s still staring (says he’s not on Twitter), but they’ve been up for like 10 hours. lolz

Resist We Much on June 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I got a hundred that says giving hollywood a waiver is fair compensation to lying and propagandizing for 0bama hellcare.

You know it is coming.

jukin3 on June 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM

More than likely, I hate to say. All Hollywood has to do is threaten to cut off donations to Obama’s PAC, and those waivers will be FedEx’d to California fast as they can be printed and signed.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

What is the basis for issuing these waivers (beside the obvious)?

Blake on June 27, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Eh, you guys can afford it, right? Good. :)

ThePrez on June 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Resist We Much on June 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Oh my…lolz…Mezmerizingly hypnotic… O_O

Scrumpy on June 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Hollyweed wanted that worthless POS. Let them live with it.

GarandFan on June 27, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Absolutely dead on MKH.

KMC1 on June 27, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Hollywood: Hey, this Obamacare thing is going to be pretty costly and complicated for us

Lick it, like it, love it you worthless fux.

arnold ziffel on June 27, 2013 at 9:19 PM

So the Circus is just figuring out that they’ve got no bread?

/Go figure.

Key West Reader on June 27, 2013 at 9:19 PM

“Wow, I feel sorry for all those Hollywood folks now so impacted by Obamacare…”

Said no one, ever.

Myron Falwell on June 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I’ve worked in film, TV and theater. If hollywood had any sense ( I know, I know, but bear with me here…) they’d simply keep a bare bones minimum on staff, say 12 people to run the corporate office, then sub contract everyone and everything else out.

You get hired as a sub-contractor and get your full pay, etc, and at the end of the year, a Form 1099. YOU get to be responsible for your OWN taxes, insurance, etc.

In fact, if every corporation of more than 50 employees went this route, it’d throw a spanner into the whole darned works, because it would mean that no one would be sending in their taxes each month. They’d all be self-employed and filing quarterly IF they bothered to file at all. :)

TKindred on June 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Two of my favorite shows (Lost Girl and Continuum) are Canadian productions. They are a breath of fresh air compared to the stale product coming out of Hollywood.

On another note, just wait until Obamas’ climate change dictates kick in.

Los Angeles is trucking it’s poop out to the Central Valley and wants to ship its garbage out to the Mojave Desert. When carbon emission limits are mandated, Hollywood and LA are going to have to sit in their own poop and garbage.

MichaelGabriel on June 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Hollywood will get its Obamacare waiver. As will all others involved in the “creative arts”. Why? They who suck the d**k, own the d**k. Sorry for the graphic.

TXUS on June 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

“ACA is thousands of pages, and it wasn’t written with this industry in mind,” says Belcher.

It wasn’t written with the American people in mind, other than to assault them.

VorDaj on June 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Hollywood will get its Obamacare waiver. As will all others involved in the “creative arts”. Why? They who suck the d**k, own the d**k. Sorry for the graphic.

TXUS on June 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

So do you mean–fuk a duck? Because sir apparently we are the effed ducks.

arnold ziffel on June 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

When carbon emission limits are mandated, Hollywood and LA are going to have to sit in their own poop and garbage.

MichaelGabriel on June 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Home sweet home for Joy Behar, and Michael Moore hasn’t changed his skivvies since he made “Roger And Me”.

Bishop on June 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

ROTFLOL. Sure they are. As if you lot won’t get waivers and backroom deals galore.

MelonCollie on June 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

What is the basis for issuing these waivers (beside the obvious)?

Blake on June 27, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Basis? I believe the word you’re looking for is ‘excuse’.

Fenris on June 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

“waiver”…dangit

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Were right the first time…waver.

Some flunky with the motion picture industry will be hired to wave goodbye to all the technical workers, artists and actors as they board their various modes of transportation and head for other climes, where government does not control every aspect of their lives and livelihoods, where films can be made without government counting each and every employee and hour…and demanding more and more to enable them to spread the wealth around.

Canada? Australia? New Zealand? Bollywood? Most don’t give a rat’s patooty about this country anyway.

I don’t feel one bit of pity nor concern for the movie industry. They are a very large part of the reason Obama is running ruining the show. They went all out to help, working overtime, to get him elected…twice. Feeling a bit put upon, Hollywood?

Sin loi, Charlie, too bad, sorry ’bout that.

coldwarrior on June 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

No need to worry Hollywood, once you go out of business the Government will step in and start making movies for you. As we all know, the Government does everything better.

xdwall on June 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM

No big deal, as the costs rise to make a movie, the producers can simply raise prices so the consumers pay a little more at the box office. I’m sure the exact same number of people will still show up to see a movie in the theaters when it costs $20-$50.

xdwall on June 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Nancy said they would be free to ply their crafts like poetry and such without the burden of healtcare worries.She was right.

docflash on June 27, 2013 at 9:57 PM

The movie industry lives in fantasy land. People are overpaid, worshiped, and act like children when they don’t get their way. Hollywood will hold their breath until they turn blue and then daddy Obama will give them a waiver to make them feel better.
The regular folk will just have to pay a but more, it’s only fair.

LeftCoastRight on June 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Hollywood will get its Obamacare waiver. As will all others involved in the “creative arts”. Why? They who suck the d**k, own the d**k. Sorry for the graphic.

TXUS on June 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Hollywood is all mouth with their hands behind their back.

And yes they will get special treatment like the only industry to get a special tax break under governor moonbeam and the the sacarmento illiterati.

jukin3 on June 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I’ve worked in film, TV and theater. If hollywood had any sense ( I know, I know, but bear with me here…) they’d simply keep a bare bones minimum on staff, say 12 people to run the corporate office, then sub contract everyone and everything else out.

You get hired as a sub-contractor and get your full pay, etc, and at the end of the year, a Form 1099. YOU get to be responsible for your OWN taxes, insurance, etc.

In fact, if every corporation of more than 50 employees went this route, it’d throw a spanner into the whole darned works, because it would mean that no one would be sending in their taxes each month. They’d all be self-employed and filing quarterly IF they bothered to file at all. :)

TKindred on June 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

You just described the way Hollywood worked from the Twenties to the Fifties. Small “Poverty Row” studios like Monogram shot everything from serials to detective mystery movie series (Charlie Chan, The Saint, etc.) under contract to the majors, who handled distribution through their theater chains. The “Poverty Row” studios operated on shoestring budgets, very low overhead, and contract employment, usually for one project at a time.

The thing is, it was a system that worked. The theater chain part didn’t make the government too happy though, and when that was broken up, the majors centralized production to streamline operations. The main reason being the advent of new and expensive technologies like perfected Technicolor (as opposed to the old three-strip process), and EastmanColor, plus widescreen systems like CinemaScope and VistaVision. All of which increased production costs exponentially. (And this isn’t even factoring in special effects for films that needed same, like Forbidden Planet or, for that matter, Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.)

Television brought back some of the older MO, with independent “production companies” ranging from DesiLu to the groups that made daytime soap operas. But eventually, they were absorbed, too.

That was when production costs soared, and production schedules grew like Kronos when the Air Force nuked him. (Regal, 1957.)

My guess is that it would take a major upheaval to break things down and bring them back to where they were in the “low-budget” but efficient “old days”. Something that basically makes the present system even more unsupportable than it is now.

Any system that spends $80mill++ to make something like World War Z isn’t going to survive in the long run. Ask any actual CPA.

Who know, O-Care might be the equivalent of Dante’s Peak for Tinseltown. The volcano, that is, not the movie.

(Damned good movie, too. It got the science right, for once.)

cheers

eon

eon on June 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Hollywood can burn.

workingclass artist on June 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM

They will just continue the exodus to Canada. L.A. is losing production all the time because of “high” employee costs…meaning higher than in Canada or China.

PattyJ on June 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Hollywood is all mouth with their hands behind their back.

And yes they will get special treatment like the only industry to get a special tax break under governor moonbeam and the the sacarmento illiterati.

jukin3 on June 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Right now, they’re freaking out over what Moonbeam & Friends are doing to California‘s gun laws, which from their POV is even worse than NYC.

The new CA bill prohibits any weapon in the state which can be altered to full-auto fire in any way, even if all it does is fire blanks. This screws Hollywood seriously, as a lot of the “assault rifles” and “submachine guns” you see in their productions are actually civilian-legal semiautos that have been altered to full-auto fire by studio prop departments.

For instance, the ubiquity of the “M16″ and “Heckler & Koch MP-5″ in action movies and TV shows for the last thirty years is due to the easy availability of semi-auto, civilian-legal Ar-15s and HK-94 carbines. The studio prop departments, or specialized suppliers like Stembridge Gun Rental, would convert them to selective fire by machining entirely new sear components, and in the HK-94′s case cutting the 16″ civilian-legal barrel down to match the roughly 9 inch barrel of the “real” MP-5.

To tell if it’s an MP-5 or a “shortened” HK-94, look at the barrel end sticking out of the gun’s forend. The real MP-5 has a pair of lugs on the barrel for attaching a sound suppressor, commonly (and incorrectly) known as a “silencer”. The converted HK-94 doesn’t.

Needless to say, a law that prevents even blank-firing arms like this is going to put a severe crimp in Hollywood’s bottom line. To say nothing of making productions much more difficult.

Who knows? They might actually have to make movies with actual plots, characters, and dialogue, as opposed to nonstop full-auto firefights that occur for no readily apparent reason.

Why, if this keeps up, they might actually be forced to do a remake of The Big Sleep the way Raymond Chandler originally wrote it. A total of ten shots fired in a little less than two hours of screen time. And five of those came from one Thompson, right at the end.

The rest of it was mainly talk, notably by Bogart and Bacall.

cheers

eon

eon on June 27, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Have it in ‘ya Hollywood! Hooray!

Mason on June 27, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I hope ObamaTax ruins Hollywood. Obama is awesome!

txhsmom on June 27, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Hey, Hollywierd….

IT’S.

THE.

LAW.

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.
.

BIATCHES!!

CurtZHP on June 27, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Proof positive the left is so profoundly stupid, they couldn’t even imagine how badly they have screwed themselves..

good… hope every inch burns like acid as Obama drives it deep..

you douches begged for it, now you know exactly what kind of anal probe government you supported. I hope you whiney douches cry yourselves to sleep every night over how badly you just got rogered hard and fast..

Because in the land of real America, the sense of real fear in doctors waiting rooms you gave us, wondering just how bad our medical care will get for the chronically ill, the maimed, the crippled.. will Obama just tell us to take a pill… because our lives aren’t worth the money of a surgery?

Hope you shameless shill rot in Hell..

mark81150 on June 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Maybe Alec Baldwin will shoot an ad where his exit line is, “It’s okay, I played a rational human once upon a time.”

IndieDogg on June 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Hollywood: Hey, this Obamacare waiver is just what we needed.

Duh.

Kenosha Kid on June 27, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Right now, they’re freaking out over what Moonbeam & Friends are doing to California‘s gun laws, which from their POV is even worse than NYC.

The new CA bill prohibits any weapon in the state which can be altered to full-auto fire in any way, even if all it does is fire blanks. This screws Hollywood seriously, as a lot of the “assault rifles” and “submachine guns” you see in their productions are actually civilian-legal semiautos that have been altered to full-auto fire by studio prop departments.

For instance, the ubiquity of the “M16″ and “Heckler & Koch MP-5″ in action movies and TV shows for the last thirty years is due to the easy availability of semi-auto, civilian-legal Ar-15s and HK-94 carbines. The studio prop departments, or specialized suppliers like Stembridge Gun Rental, would convert them to selective fire by machining entirely new sear components, and in the HK-94′s case cutting the 16″ civilian-legal barrel down to match the roughly 9 inch barrel of the “real” MP-5.

To tell if it’s an MP-5 or a “shortened” HK-94, look at the barrel end sticking out of the gun’s forend. The real MP-5 has a pair of lugs on the barrel for attaching a sound suppressor, commonly (and incorrectly) known as a “silencer”. The converted HK-94 doesn’t.

Needless to say, a law that prevents even blank-firing arms like this is going to put a severe crimp in Hollywood’s bottom line. To say nothing of making productions much more difficult.

Who knows? They might actually have to make movies with actual plots, characters, and dialogue, as opposed to nonstop full-auto firefights that occur for no readily apparent reason.

Why, if this keeps up, they might actually be forced to do a remake of The Big Sleep the way Raymond Chandler originally wrote it. A total of ten shots fired in a little less than two hours of screen time. And five of those came from one Thompson, right at the end.

The rest of it was mainly talk, notably by Bogart and Bacall.

cheers

eon

eon on June 27, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Maybe they could ask David Gregory to help. He seems to have immunity….

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 28, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Obama, Pelosi et al don’t care if Obamacare is a disaster. In short order, people will be crying for relief from this – and Obama and Pelosi will present single-payer as the natural solution.

What we really need is real insurance. You know, the kind that protects you against catastrophic financial loss. Not pre-paid health care that pays for your acne cream and antibiotics.

If you expected your home insurance to pay to repaint your house and replace your dishwasher, you couldn’t afford the insurance.

If you expected your car insurance to pay for oil changes and new tires, you couldn’t afford care insurance.

The same goes for health insurance.

If we have catastrophic loss insurance, our insurance cost would be very low. And the money you pay monthly for pre-paid health care can be used to pay for the routine doctor visits and procedures.

LilyBart on June 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM

What a shame not to have Hollywood movies! We need a break anyway. TV and music videos will be affected too. No great loss.

The main thing is that thousands of unemployed media workers get the best healthcare that the government exchanges can ration out. Thanks, Democrats!

Whowever it is who keeps voting these guys in, you can stop now.

virgo on June 28, 2013 at 12:54 AM

I’m thinking I’ll have to take the extra money Obummercare is going to cost me out of my, Oh… entertainment budget.

There’s going to be a lot less of my money for anybody I deem responsible for this idiocy.

trigon on June 28, 2013 at 3:50 AM

trigon on June 28, 2013 at 3:50 AM

The part of my “entertainment budget” that goes for anything from Hollywood, or anywhere else they make movies or TV shows, consists of buying DVDs from mail-order bargain houses or local video resale shops. And has for over a decade.

And sorry to state, Hollywood, it still runs a distant second behind my budget for books, mostly non-fiction.

Actually, make that third. I spend more on model-building supplies in a typical month. $3 for a bottle of acrylic flat military paint vs. $2 for a (gently used) DVD.

I buy quite a few more bottles of paint than I do DVDs.

I enjoy movies and TV shows- the older the better. The 1979 Ray Harryhausen version of Clash of the Titans is a Hell of a lot better than the recent remake; at least it didn’t rewrite Greek myth to suit itself. Yes, I have both on DVD; no, I didn’t pay retail for either one. The ’79 version was $4 locally, the remake $3.95 through the mail. The remake was about $3.90 overpriced, imho.

And most of my favorite TV shows were made before 1970. I haven’t watched network or satellite TV in almost a decade, and I’ve never bothered with cable. There just isn’t that much on that’s worth bothering with.

Hollywood looks to me like it’s on life support. And frankly, it’s Hollywood’s own damn fault, from where I’m standing.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 28, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Hollywood: Hey, this Obamacare thing is going to be pretty costly and complicated for us

I’ll say…

…. especially as regards STDs, silicone ruptures & face lift disasters… not to mention all the rehab and shrinks.

viking01 on June 28, 2013 at 8:04 AM

OWN IT!!!

Fuggers.

RealMc on June 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

and it wasn’t written with this industry in mind

To be honest, it wasn’t written with any industry in mind, if by “in mind” you mean whether negative consequences for said industry were considered to be a “bug” in the legislation.

GWB on June 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I am enjoying the fact that everything people like m esaid was going to happen – and how bad it was going to be – have come true. And as a bonus, we still are not covering 20 million or so people in the US – so, so much for universal coverage.

Welcome to pallative care only for medicare over 90. And look for other things – like don’t have a stroke on the weekend if you are on medicare. It’s a great way to die, or at a minimum never speak again. Just a dress rehearsal for the PPACA limitations to come. I know Palin was ridiculed for “death panels”. However, it doesn’t mean she was incorrect. She wasn’t – they are coming.

Zomcon JEM on June 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

All of the above is drivel.

American taxpayers have to decide…are you a citizen or a subject?

Pay for your Doctor visit in cash.

If you are a citizen, DO NOT PURCHASE “HEALTH INSURANCE”.
You can get it when you “need” it; by law.

Fix your W4 so you owe no income tax…they can only glom your refund, nothing else…no other penalty.

If everyone would do this, Obamacare collapses.
III

dirtengineer on June 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM