Demonstrating once more what his opponents believe to be “a peculiar inclination towards narcissism,” Barack Obama branded recent actions taken by the U.S. House of Representatives as an attempt to “mess with me,” in his words.
During a campaign-like speech delivered to workers and management at a Ford Motor Company plant near Kansas City, MO. yesterday, Obama bemoaned House Republican efforts to defund his government takeover of the healthcare industry – infamously dubbed “Obamacare.”
Fiscal experts from every political stripe have warned for quite some time now that the so-called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” accomplishes the exact opposite of what it implies, and that the costs involved will necessarily bankrupt the U.S. government.
With the deadline drawing near for Obamacare to take effect, there has been a rash of suspect employee dismissals in small businesses across the country. In other cases there is simply a reduction of employee hours so that companies will not have to absorb the skyrocketing cost of providing health insurance for full-time workers.
Talking to a Delaware worker who was “fired” a week ago, this Examiner was informed that in addition to citing his “lack of production,” which the employer used as justification for the firing, in a moment of startling frankness, the cost of the employee health insurance mandate was also mentioned as being part of the reason for letting him go.
Examiner confirmed the unnamed worker’s claims regarding his firing and discovered that a co-worker was furloughed at the same time, despite neither man having ever been reprimanded nor “written-up” for workplace behavior or previous “lack of production.”
Such are perhaps the “unintended” consequences of the healthcare law.
It seems ironic that Mr. Obama told the Ford workers, relative to the House measures,
“They’re focused on trying to mess with me, they’re not focused on you,”
since Ford (as Forbes notes) is one of many big-business, union-ruled companies exempted from the requirements of Obamacare and was therefore irrelevant to his audience.
As a noteworthy aside, all three branches of the federal government are beyond the “benefits” provided by Obamacare as well.
It is anyone’s guess how Barack Obama could turn the attempts of Republican congressmen into a personal effort to “mess” with him. In an Obama-centric universe however, one must surmise, these things are entirely possible.