Team Obama’s ‘small business chief’ claims she hasn’t heard a single case of the Obamacare disaster damaging small business. Never mind report after report of the costs, tax hikes and devastation that come from its government takeover of our healthcare. Never mind the record uncertainty small business owners are feeling in the face of 4 more years of Obama’s economy. There’s really nothing to say except that the bureaucrats just don’t get it. Below are Karen Mill’s stunning remarks when questioned on “Morning Joe”:
You know, I travel all around the country, every week I go to a different part of the country. I’m with small businesses. And I’m not hearing that.
What planet is she living on? She must not count the voice of 350,000 small businesses in America as legitimate, but we already knew that. From Michael Tennant on New American:
ObamaCare’s employer mandate is supposed to guarantee that every working American is able to obtain health insurance through his employer. But according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), an organization representing 350,000 small-business owners, the mandate may end up being the ruin of employer-sponsored health insurance and will almost certainly be detrimental to employers and employees alike.
Over a quarter of employers saying that they may drop their health insurance plans when Obamacare is fully implemented must not be damaging either. More from Tennant:
Low-wage employees, particularly those experiencing a large premium cost-share, have a powerful incentive to bolt an employer’s health plan for the newly established and heavily subsidized exchanges,” the NFIB reported last year. ‘Should employees begin to leave for an exchange, 26% of currently offering small employers are very likely to explore dropping their health insurance plans and another 31% are somewhat likely to do so.
Obamacare is piling unnecessary and difficult decisions on business owners who already face a still-stagnant economy. Across the board uncertainty has reached such a record high, it almost makes Jimmy Carter look like a business-friendly president. Matthew Rocco on Fox Business agrees:
Uncertainty about the direction of business conditions in six months reached 23% of respondents, easily surpassing a pre-recession record of 15% that was reported during the Jimmy Carter administration.
The small business optimism index is in recession territory and now we face (fiscal) cliff diving and Obamacare’s tax hikes. Something’s got to give.