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CNN Says: Not Everyone Hates Obama-Care

From CNN’s Money.Com

Not everybody hates health reform

By Jose Pagliery
March 28, 2012

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — You’ve heard it a thousand times: Health reform will stifle small business and kill jobs.

But some business owners are telling another story — it just might make health insurance more affordable.

"This is all about leveling the playing field so small businesses get a fair shake, so we can effectively compete against larger companies," said Mike Roach, co-owner of Paloma Clothing in Portland, Ore.

Roach is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, a powerful trade group that helped propel the case before the Supreme Court. He has also joined the American Small Business Majority, which is on a crusade against the idea that health reform is a job killer.

Mr. Roach was also a contributor in 2006 and 2007 to the campaigns of two Democrats, Steven Novick and Earl Blumenauer.

Health care reform isn’t a job killer – yet…

Notice this is being asserted as a fact in a so-called news article.

Roach doesn’t worry about one of the main criticisms of the law — a rule forcing companies of 50 or more employees to provide insurance or face fines. That’s because he’s nowhere near that threshold. He is among the 5.2 million firms with fewer than 20 workers, a group that makes up 90% of small employers.

So they asked someone who isn’t even affected by Obama-Care? (Yet.) How typical.

What does worry him is the cost of covering his employees. Paloma Clothing has been offering insurance since 2008; today six of its nine workers are opting in. Roach is paying close to $17,000 annually — not a trivial expense.

Every February, just before Roach and his wife, Kim Osgood, sit down with their insurance broker, they toss the same ideas back and forth.

"Can we continue to be as generous?" she asks. "We could lose these people," he reminds her. "The 15% they pay is already a substantial burden for them."

The fine/tax maxes out at 8% of the employee’s salary, which is a fraction of what it costs to insure them. So Mr. Roach will save money by just canceling their employee provided coverage and paying the fine/tax.

So naturally he supports Obama-Care.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “CNN Says: Not Everyone Hates Obama-Care”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    OF COURSE not everyone hates Obamacare. Have you SEEN the Health Care diagram? http://www.google.co.kr/imgres?imgurl=http://dashboardspy.com/img/healthcare-system-diagram.jpg&imgrefurl=http://dashboardspy.com/health-care-system-diagram/&h=515&w=662&sz=196&tbnid=3v53anMR7HI39M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=116&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dhealth%2Bcare%2Bdiagram%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=health+care+diagram&docid=uOwEMJBXFP05dM&sa=X&ei=1ylzT83ZHoTFmAWXopzHDw&ved=0CEIQ9QEwAg&dur=210

    WE ALL KNOW what democrat dues get us: media protection, cushy no-show jobs, money funneled to your company, kickbacks, ambassadorships, bundlers get steak and lobster dinners, police protection and support, no prosecution like non-payers, AND NOW health committees can be packed with backscratching supporters who will decide life and death for democrat dues payers, and non-payers. ~Jessie Jackson will live forever!

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    CNN always goes to the bong water Kool-aid slurpers for “facts”.

  3. River0 says:

    Not everybody hates slavery, monarchy, dictatorship, and oligarchies either.

    This is the new litmus test for Demonic Party leaders and programs? “Not everybody hates our president and his enormous failures on every front domestic and foreign!” and “Republicans are worse!”

  4. canary says:

    Owners Mike Roach and Kim Osgood and Mike Roach met in Oaxaca, Mexico, while Mike was on a buying trip for Paloma Clothing store, a very long un-green distance to drive his gas guzzling truck.


    “Choose Locally-Owned!” is Paloma’s Clothing Store motto meaning you buy home-made brand and tagged clothes or items from the exclusive country Mexico without traveling and vacationing there.

    Though Paloma finds it a struggle to provide their employees with Obama’s Health Care

    Paloma Clothing claim they have been giving back to their community for 30 years.
    They are proud to support OPB’s weekly programs Car Talk, Ric Steves and This American Life.

    They claim to give generously to the Portland Public Schools Foundation as well as numerous other public and private schools.

    “Need a donation for your school auction? Just ask Us.” they offer.

    (what a tax break and way to get rid of clothes and items that aren’t bought)

    In the Portland area, for years, they claim to have actively lobbied in Salem on behalf of public schools, teachers, and children. They believe such re-investment of our time and money is the civic duty of all successful businesses.

    (After all, it’s a cheaper way to advertise)

  5. canary says:

    Oregon state has more free medical treatment than most any other state I do believe.

    Incompetent Obama Medical Health Care might be a plus there.

  6. Gladius et Scutum says:

    If your wondering where CNN dug up Mr. Roach, you need look no further than the Washington Post of two days ago – http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-small-business/is-health-care-reform-good-for-business-depends-on-who-you-ask/2012/03/26/gIQAFtUGcS_story.html And if your wondering where they found him there are dozens of sites like this http://www.familiesusa.org/tell-us-your-story.html peddling sob stories to the press.

    But Roach has always been an activist. In 2007 or 2008, he helped organize a “health action network” at his daughter’s high school (Lincoln – Home of the Tweeting Cardinals!) . The release from the Portland public schools is a bit misleading (it’s Item 8) http://www.pps.k12.or.us/depts/communications/p/pulse_May09.html . The actual focus of the program is better explained by the Lincoln High School program here (Items 2 & 3 on each side of the chart) http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/lincoln/411.htm

    And having suffered all that, you get to find out why:


  7. Mithrandir says:

    Other countries have done a few things right in national health care:

    1. Salary caps for medical staff.

    2. Crank out tons of doctors every semester, creating a surplus. Doctors can compete for popular jobs, or accept less popular unfilled positions.

    3. Everyone pays modestly and automatically from their paychecks whether they use services or not.

    4. Opening a ear/nose/throat clinic on every corner happens because gov’t doesn’t make reams of red-tape paperwork preventing them from doing so, thereby alleviating long lines at traditional hospitals for simple sore throats, ear infections etc.

    5. Since you already pay monthly for health insurance, your medicine at the pharmacy has a very small co-pay, usually in the range of $4-$6. (yeah, that low)

    Without such eventsObamacare is destined to be an outrageously expensive kick-back, voter-pay-off system for unions and political cronies that we have seen for 2 generations. It will purposely not work, thereby causing people to throw more money at it until it does, giving party voters even more money to purposely teeter between success and failure, whatever is politically needed at the time.

  8. wirenut says:

    Mithrandir, If you mean.
    #1 The administators, not the caregivers, good call!
    #2 Not, if “I’m” not in (their) best interest.
    #3 Sounds like FDR.
    #4 Nailed it !
    #5 See # 3.
    I totally agree with you’re outcome. The war on poverty, has only lead to more liberal POW’s. Work naught, think naught, do naught. We Are Better Then This!

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