Sally Pipes: Americans Waking Up to Perils of Obamacare

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 05:13 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Just weeks before the Affordable Care Act officially launches, many Americans are finally waking up to the fact that it is rife with problems and should be stopped, according to Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute.

"Remember the president said over and over again, if you like your health insurance and you like your doctor, nothing will change?" Pipes told former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoeskstra, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Well, people are now realizing that things are changing and that's why you're seeing in the poll numbers such high numbers of people thinking now that the law is a bad law.

"We have to really think long-term and the 2014 elections, the 2016 presidential, because if the Republicans can take the presidency, keep the House, take back the Senate, then maybe in 2017 we can repeal Obamacare and replace it."

Pipes, whose organization is a San Francisco-based free-market think tank, said the nation's unions are especially concerned.

"They realized that under the federal labor law, the work week is 40 hours. Under Obamacare, a full-time employee is one who works 30 hours. So they're very concerned about what this means for their employees," she said.

"Are union members going to be reduced by companies to working fewer than 30 hours a week? The insurance is going to be a lot more expensive than they thought."

Overall, healthcare under the Affordable Care Act is going to be a lot more expensive, according to Pipes.

"So you are going to see a lot of employers say, 'You know what, we'd rather pay that $2,000 per employee fine,' ...  and so moving a lot of employees out of what they had and into the individual exchanges," she said.

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