Video: Employees at 3 WV daycare centers liberated from job lock

posted at 5:21 pm on February 19, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The good news, though, is that we can expect more artists from West Virginia. Forty employees will get rescued from wage slavery, thanks to a decision to cut costs from ObamaCare.  One hundred and twenty children and their parents, though, won’t feel quite as liberated:

The schools had operated at a loss for the last few years, but ObamaCare was the straw that broke the camel’s back:

The daycare centers, which currently serve 120 students and have 40 people on staff, have operated at a loss for the past several years, and since the school year started, have lost about $65,000, according to Bob Calhoun, Kanawha County Schools Executive Director of Elementary Education.

The daycares — which enroll children up to 4 years old — are run by the Kanawha County Schools Community Education Program, which operates various school programs outside of class time.

The daycare centers receive no funding from the public school system and rely solely on fees charged to families. In addition to a financial deficit, the centers have faced increased facility costs and decreased enrollment, according to Calhoun.

“Community education is self sufficient. We operate on the funds that we bring in,” Calhoun said. “I’m very disappointed. It’s not something you want to do. We’re taking the livelihood away from 40 people and causing distress for 120 families.”

In a letter addressed to parents on Tuesday, Calhoun and Community Education Program Director Clara Jett pointed to the Affordable Care Act as another contributor to the closures, citing looming insurance costs for employees.

“We would have to start offering an insurance to employees. Right now, [employees] are contracted. So we’d have to start offering benefits, either that or double staff and reduce their hours, and it’s just not something we’re able to do,” Calhoun said.

The Charleston Gazette included a quote from a health policy analyst disputing this reasoning, noting that the day-care centers employ less than 50 people and aren’t required to provide insurance coverage under ObamaCare. However, it appears from the article that these are not independent businesses but part of a larger program operated by the school district. Even though they may function as a co-op of sorts, being part of a larger organization would make them liable for the employer mandate — and the financial implications of compliance.

But hey, at least we’re creating artists, right?

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grab that paint and easel

cmsinaz on February 19, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Prediction: Despite the business incurring substantial losses over the past few years, the IRS will find some unreported revenue following the impending audit.

blammm on February 19, 2014 at 5:25 PM

How come The Won didn’t wave his magic wand?

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I hope there is a cowboy poet amongst them, I’d hate to think they are all in Nevada.

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

How come The Won didn’t wave his magic wand?

Cindy Munford on February 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM

That’s not a wand he keeps waving around…

Kensington on February 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

You voted for him, sukkas! Now vote for hillary!

crash72 on February 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

For every 3 kids there is an employee??? That seems a little high no wonder they are running a deficit, even without obamacare.

Ellie Mae on February 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

…Nazi Pelosi…will ‘commission’ them!

KOOLAID2 on February 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Maybe we should refer to the unemployment rate as the “artist and poet” rate.

Imagine the good news … over 6.6% of our country is made up of artists and poets.

It’s almost 12.6% if you count all those who’ve given up other lines of work and wish to make artistry and poetry their “forever” job.

Other countries will envy our commitment to creativity and freedom.

This is all good news.

Winston would be pleased.

Grinch on February 19, 2014 at 5:30 PM

And yet many of these very people will continue to vote for Democrats.

:boggle:

xNavigator on February 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

My liberal acquaintances insist this is because of the greedy insurance companies and NOT Obamacare. And single payer will solve everything.

hopeful on February 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

grab that paint and easel

cmsinaz on February 19, 2014 at 5:25 PM

More like bend over and grab your ankles.

Ward Cleaver on February 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM

I like it Grinch :)

cmsinaz on February 19, 2014 at 5:32 PM

If this were Belgium, they could simply euthanize those kids, and there wouldn’t be any need for daycare. Problem solved.

Ward Cleaver on February 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Yup WC

cmsinaz on February 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The next Steve Jobs shouldn’t be trapped in his corporate job because he requires health insurance.

bayam on February 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Chuck Schick on February 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

120 kids no longer daycare locked!

rbj on February 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

For every 3 kids there is an employee??? That seems a little high no wonder they are running a deficit, even without obamacare.

Ellie Mae on February 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

State-licensed day-care centers have pretty strict child:adult ratios, especially with younger children. Plus, I imagine this includes supervisors/office positions.

Ed Morrissey on February 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Law of supply and demand and a lesson in government intervention.
Next: minimum wage hike eliminates 1,000,000 jobs!

nazo311 on February 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Think how much more free time the former employees will have now.

Pegcity on February 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

But hey, at least we’re creating artists, right?

Likely not…But then again that term Artist has little meaning anymore…It’s sickening.

I mean Beyonce is called an artist

Anyway…I work hard for every buck I make in a difficult market (That’s physical labor as well as mental labor) and the current idea of so called creatives as a class makes me nauseous…some propaganda scam dreamed up by some ignorant progressive media geeks who think posting a video on Youtube makes someone a film auteur and finger painting on an iPhone equals a great painting.

Obama’s idiotic screeds P*ss me off.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

If this were Belgium, they could simply euthanize those kids, and there wouldn’t be any need for daycare. Problem solved.

Ward Cleaver on February 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Mobil euthanasia vans drive right to your door.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I bet Dog-eater popped a chubby.

I don’t know if I can take three more years of this pestilence residing in the WH.

Thomas More on February 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM

My liberal acquaintances insist this is because of the greedy insurance companies and NOT Obamacare. And single payer will solve everything.

hopeful on February 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Yup, hearing the same talking point here in liberal land. Many of them believe it too.

rhombus on February 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

grab that paint and easel

cmsinaz on February 19, 2014 at 5:25 PM

A tube of cheap (Utrecht brand) paint averages about $6.00-12.00) depending on the color…A sturdy easel is $150.00 – $500.00 dollars.

I guess Obama will have to offer Obamart Supplies? Like the Obamaphones.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Hopefully they didn’t sign the IRS affidavit yet.

Today, you’re not allowed to go bankrupt even if you’re operating at a loss. In this brave new world of fundamental change, businesses first priority are to provide jobs. Screw the so-called theory of actually providing a good or service.

UnstChem on February 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Free at last, free at last.

CW20 on February 19, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Less people working is a great thing!! More people tethered to the government dole!! Yeah Barrynomics!!!

rmkdbq on February 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

4 Hospitals are closing in Georgia…Because…Obamacare

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Less people working is a great thing!! More people tethered to the government dole!! Yeah Barrynomics!!!

rmkdbq on February 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Yep!

We can all look forward to a spike in suicides as well…

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Does SheetBalless know about this “No evidence that jobs are lost due to Obamacare”.

Kapos on February 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Maybe Nancy Pelosi can get them jobs picking grapes in one of her vineyards.

GarandFan on February 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

My liberal acquaintances insist this is because of the greedy insurance companies and NOT Obamacare. And single payer will solve everything.

hopeful on February 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Yup, hearing the same talking point here in liberal land. Many of them believe it too.

rhombus on February 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I thought it was all the fault of the states who forced the federal gov’t to provide the exchanges.

Every single state that set up their own exchange has been able to offer cheaper, more robust health insurance plans … oh, wait.

UnstChem on February 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

The Charleston Gazette included a quote from a health policy analyst disputing this

In today’s climate and what is being spewed by the WH and media,the daycare people are LYING.

docflash on February 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

But hey, at least we’re creating artists shock troops, right?

The only question is for whom…

JohnGalt23 on February 19, 2014 at 6:08 PM

My liberal acquaintances insist this is because of the greedy insurance companies and NOT Obamacare. And single payer will solve everything.

hopeful on February 19, 2014 at 5:31 PM

When I put my hand on a hot stove when I was a child, I didn’t think, well, I just need to make it a little hotter, that’s the solution.

Liberals lack that basic connection between cause and effect.

John Deaux on February 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I guess Obama will have to offer Obamart Supplies? Like the Obamaphones.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I’m sorry… are you referring to the Obamaphone…?

JohnGalt23 on February 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

F-R-E-E-D-O-M
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CWchangedhisNicagain on February 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

The Charleston Gazette included a quote from a health policy analyst disputing this reasoning, noting that the day-care centers employ less than 50 people and aren’t required to provide insurance coverage under ObamaCare. However, it appears from the article that these are not independent businesses but part of a larger program operated by the school district. Even though they may function as a co-op of sorts, being part of a larger organization would make them liable for the employer mandate — and the financial implications of compliance.

I seem to remember a similar situation facing volunteer fire departments.

Steve Eggleston on February 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM

All the Cici’s Pizza in Columbus just closed down, the notice on the door said due to the economy.

Patricksp on February 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Love it when Ed leads with a straight right.

Recon5 on February 19, 2014 at 6:19 PM

I guess Obama will have to offer Obamart Supplies? Like the Obamaphones.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I’m sorry… are you referring to the Obamaphone…?

JohnGalt23 on February 19, 2014 at 6:11 PM

CLEVELAND!

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 6:20 PM

So what happens if an employer refuses to affirm in a sworn statement to the IRS that they didn’t get rid of anyone because of Obamacare because doing so would be perjury?

And what can they do about it? It’s not as if restructuring your business to pay less taxes is ILLEGAL or anything, it NEVER HAS BEEN. Indeed, if restructuring to reduce taxes were illegal every star on the Left (including Buffett and Soros) would be in prison.

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:20 PM

All the Cici’s Pizza in Columbus just closed down, the notice on the door said due to the economy.

Patricksp on February 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

That’s happening in a lot of places…and will continue as Obama firebombs the middle class…

“It’s a crying shame when government actually causes you to shrink your business rather than to grow your businesses and provide additional employment for the economy,” Westbrook said on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” show Monday night…”

http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/07/23/obamacare-gobbles-up-cicis-pizza-franchises/

Westbrook’s franchises were the top selling franchises in Texas.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

The daycare centers receive no funding from the public school system and rely solely on fees charged to families.

Well theres your problem.

phatfawzi on February 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM

FCC is putting monitors in the newsrooms…To ummm…Monitor things…

http://weaselzippers.us/175081-insane-obama-regime-putting-government-monitors-in-newsrooms/

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 6:27 PM

All the Cici’s Pizza in Columbus just closed down, the notice on the door said due to the economy.

Patricksp on February 19, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Ohio? Huh.

You’re from Central Oh too?

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

“It’s a crying shame when government actually causes you to shrink your business rather than to grow your businesses and provide additional employment for the economy,” Westbrook said on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” show Monday night…”

http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/07/23/obamacare-gobbles-up-cicis-pizza-franchises/

Westbrook’s franchises were the top selling franchises in Texas.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

“At some point you have made enough money” -Pharaoh Obama

ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Ohio? Huh.

You’re from Central Oh too?

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Yep

Patricksp on February 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Did not the IRS prohibit this through regulation? How dare them layoff people? /sarcasm

ojfltx on February 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Mayhaps we’re in the midst of a burgeoning new renaissance period for America.

Oxymoron on February 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM

With all these new artists producing all this new art, the price of art is going to come crashing down. Look for Art Price Supports in the next Farm Bill.

dirtseller on February 19, 2014 at 7:06 PM

I submit that these newly budding arteests could earn a fair livin’ by drawing caricatures of O’ and Patootie, with a little Ass-in-Charge of the Sinnate thrown in for some real comic relief.

vnvet on February 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Maybe one day these pudding brained liberals will wake up and realize not only what they did to the rest of us, but their own families as well.

May all liberals burn in hell.

Diluculo on February 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

State-licensed day-care centers have pretty strict child:adult ratios, especially with younger children. Plus, I imagine this includes supervisors/office positions.

Ed Morrissey on February 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Too bad, I guess. But aren’t these kinds of programs nothing more than Democratic-employment mills?

BuckeyeSam on February 19, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Rejoice, citizens!

Be sure to apply for your EBT benefits and ACA subsidies while applying for your government artist license – and don’t forget to carefully read the official guidelines for government-approved art. Can’t have you creating anything illiberal, or any questionable videos that might cause a ruckus, you see.

Midas on February 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM

“It’s a crying shame when government actually causes you to shrink your business rather than to grow your businesses and provide additional employment for the economy,” Westbrook said on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” show Monday night…”

http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/07/23/obamacare-gobbles-up-cicis-pizza-franchises/

Westbrook’s franchises were the top selling franchises in Texas.

workingclass artist on February 19, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Wow.

Wonder who is *buying* those from him; maybe if they only have one or two stores, they’d have few enough employees that it wouldn’t impact them the way it does someone that owns a bunch?

Midas on February 19, 2014 at 10:16 PM

That’s a seriously funny headline!

Robin888 on February 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

So what happens if an employer refuses to affirm in a sworn statement to the IRS that they didn’t get rid of anyone because of Obamacare because doing so would be perjury?
And what can they do about it? It’s not as if restructuring your business to pay less taxes is ILLEGAL or anything, it NEVER HAS BEEN. Indeed, if restructuring to reduce taxes were illegal every star on the Left (including Buffett and Soros) would be in prison.
ConstantineXI on February 19, 2014 at 6:20 PM

As I understand it, you have to sign the affidavit to be granted the new waiver or delay for certain employers. Still utterly lawless …

toby11 on February 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

For every 3 kids there is an employee??? That seems a little high no wonder they are running a deficit, even without obamacare.

Ellie Mae on February 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM

State-licensed day-care centers have pretty strict child:adult ratios, especially with younger children. Plus, I imagine this includes supervisors/office positions.

Ed Morrissey on February 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM

The evidence that more government regulation strangles business. Even a state-run or county run business, which I am assuming this is.
The Fed was proposing ridiculous regulations for children working on farms & ranches. They were trying to extend these rules to the children of those who own those farms & ranches. Telling me my children cannot work cows with certain safety requirements that are all OSHA type approved etc., training seminars, you name it.
Meaning I could not have my own child driving a tractor to rake hay or ride horse moving cows.
This will not end. None of this. Obamamcare is only showing people how onerous this stuff gets.
Maybe we need for the crap to really hit the fan hard to spray enough people in the face with excrement so they take notice of what’s been happening to America for DECADES.

Badger40 on February 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM