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October 16, 2013

The Law of Unintended Consequences

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:29 am

And people still say they weren’t warned.

Eastern Howard School Corporation:

Regardless of your position on the Affordable Care Act this is the reality. Public schools are non-profits. With this mandate you only have 2 choices. Reduce the hours of instructional aides, bus drivers, cooks, custodians etc below 30 hours or offer them insurance. If you offer all these employees insurance you cannot generate any additional revenue to pay for these additional employees. Result…lay off teachers; cut staff; cut programs for students. All over this country students will suffer educationally due to the implementation of this law as non-profits can only reduce the level of service to pay for these additional costs. No one is talking about this impact on kids. We do not have a way to generate revenue to pay for unfunded mandates from the federal government. Unfortunately.

I have noticed an incredible lack of commentary or acknowledgement on the side of the folks who rammed this abomination through. It’s almost like now that they’ve gotten what they want their attention has wandered on to other things. Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

And among those who do acknowledge the problems, the universal response has been “oh, we’ll just spend an indeterminate amount of time and (taxpayer) money to shore up the system. It’ll work eventually. Someday. Cross-my-heart.

It’s shameful and embarrassing (and entirely predictable).

1 Comment »

  1. Well, why would they bother to think about it anymore if it doesn’t apply to them? Most of them don’t care. John McCain has certainly shown that by playing games on his phone during important discussions. That’s why I appreciate Ted Cruz so much. He acknowledged the thousands of phone calls that Congress received from Americans asking them to defund the law, and he was trying to actually do what our other “representatives” (I use the term very *very* loosely) are more content to ignore. And as a side note, he should be able to do his job without risk to his family. You know he has got to be worried about continuing on when people threaten his life online and post his home address. Politics have gotten so nasty and I really resent anyone in the media who tries to make money off setting Americans against each other.

    Comment by Erin — October 24, 2013 @ 7:29 am

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