By Dr. Larry Kawa, Special for USDR
I thought President Obama was supposed to be fighting for the little guy. He’s trying to raise the minimum wage (which he will never do); he’s wants to raise taxes on the rich to give to the poor; and he wants to give health insurance to those who could not afford it before Obamacare.
One half of the President’s signature piece of legislation is the employer mandate, which requires employers with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance. This employer mandate has been cancelled for the next two years, not by any act of Congress, but by the mere stroke of President Obama’s pen (or keystroke of his blog).
A new study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute report that law wage earners would be most drastically affected by the employer mandate in Obamacare.
The report calls the employer mandate a “regressive approach” because the employers who do not offer healthcare are the ones most likely to employ low wageworkers that will end up bearing the brunt of the penalties of Obamacare.
According to the study, the fines paid by large employers will be passed along to employers in the form of even lower wages.
The most interesting part of all of this is that the study was not conducted by some right wing blogger. The Urban Institute, a traditionally liberal organization, is the group behind this study. Even some of the president’s most ardent supports can’t help but to acknowledge all of the flaws of this law.
The employer mandate is simply a gimmick that is supposed to finance this law. However, after delaying the law for another two years, the federal government is running billions in the red on Obamacare. When you compare that to the trillion plus deficit that we have annually, maybe a couple of billion here and there doesn’t sound so bad, but the reality of the situation is that American taxpayers are footing the bill for the failures of this administration.