February 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Finley: Obama deaf on Obamacare

The wheels are falling off of President Barack Obama's chief legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)

The Obama administration continues to deny the risk that its Affordable Care Act will wreck the economy, even as it does everything it can to keep it from wrecking the Democratic Party in the fall elections.

Last week, Kathleen Sebelius made the outrageously disingenuous statement that, ďThere is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.Ē

Itís a favorite tactic of the administration to claim unanimity of expert opinion in support of its positions, whether it exists or not. The Health and Human Services secretary absolutely knew that what she was saying was a flat-out lie.

For two weeks, the buzz has been about a Congressional Budget Office report warning Obamacareís disincentives to work will take 2 million workers out of the economy. Last fall, nine out of 14 economists surveyed by CNNMoney said employers are putting off hiring to avoid the impact of Obamacare.

But why rely on economists? Why not listen to the employers themselves?

In Michigan, the medical device maker Stryker Corp. blamed 1,000 layoffs on the 2.3 percent excise tax Obamacare imposed on its products. The city of Dearborn announced itís cutting 700 part-time and seasonal positions due to the actís costs.

Investors Business Daily compiled a list of 401 employers that have cut hours or staffing specifically in response to the Obamacare mandates.

President Barack Obama knows the law is a job killer. Thatís why he wrote it in the first place to take effect after his own reelection campaign, and why he delayed the effective date again until after the fall mid-term elections.

Itís also why the White House is stong-arming employers to keep them from talking about the negative impact of Obamacare.

In yet another assault on civil liberties, Obamaís latest executive order included a requirement that employers seeking to take advantage of the mandate delay must swear to the IRS, under the risk of perjury, that they have not reduced workers or hours due to Obamacare.

What employers are being ordered to do is shield the president from the consequences of his policies by absorbing the pain themselves and keeping their mouth shuts.

This is despicable. Obama, with his now-infamous pen and phone, is determined to force his agenda on the country, while pretending to have a mandate.

A solid majority of Americans now oppose the law. Businesses large and small are shouting that it is raising costs and shrinking payrolls. And contrary to Sibeliusí ridiculous claim, credible economists warn it will get worse.

And whatís the trade-off for the economic wreckage? When fully implemented in 2016, 30 million people will still be uninsured, according to an analysis by the journal Health Affairs. All this damage to provide insurance to just an additional 5 percent of Americans.

Thatís what happens when a president listens only to himself.

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