Though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, more commonly known as Obamacare) has yet to be fully implemented and has even had parts delayed by the United States Executive Branch, it is already having a negative effect on the economy, especially the personal economies of individual workers.
Craig Daliessio blames Obamacare for his lost opportunity at a job, and says that if he is still unemployed in the fall and therefore has no health insurance through his employer, he will refuse to sign up for the mandated Exchange.
According to his open letter, Daliessio does not fit the stereotypical description of "homeless." He says he had a solid career as a mortgage broker, and lost his job when the housing bubble burst. In the process he also lost his home. He remains in Nashville because that's where his daughter is, and has applied for dozens of jobs while sleeping in his little Volvo.
Daliessio notes that it is illegal to sleep in your car in Nashville, so to be able to be in a vicinity where he can look for a job, he hides his car behind tall brush.
He thought that if he increased his education, he would surely be able to find a new job, so from 2009 until 2012 he returned to college through Liberty University's online program, ultimately graduating while continuing to look for work and living in his car.
Finally, he says, a job offer came through, and he was slated to begin work last Monday. But the job offer was withdrawn before he could begin.
Addressing Obama in his open letter, Daliessio said, "The company decided to freeze hiring for the foreseeable future. Part of their reasoning was the rising cost of healthcare, making it unaffordable for them to provide. This unaffordable-ness came as a result of your 'Affordable Care Act.'"
Despite his plight, and perhaps because of his view of the cause of his plight, Daliessio tells the president he will refuse Obamacare even if it means he will be prosecuted.
"I will NOT be registering for that exchange," he writes. "I am a man. I am a dad. I am an American. I want to pay my own way. I refuse to let others pay for something I would gladly pay for myself. I will not lower myself and violate my own integrity and work ethic and heritage....
"Someone has to look you in the eye, straighten out their backbone, and with the respect due the office you hold, tell you 'No!' 'No sir! I will not violate my conscience.' I will not lower myself. I will not become a statistic and a name on a list.... I want to work, and pay my own way. Your job is to create an environment whereby employers can hire men and women like me. Then we can take responsibility for ourselves, and pay our own way."