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Blue Cross/Blue Shield Closing 65-Year-Old Sioux City, IA Office Due To ObamaCare

- July 11, 2013

106 Workers In Blue Cross/Blue Shield's Sioux City, IA Office Will Lose Their Jobs As A Result Of ObamaCare

Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Will Shutter Its Sioux City Office, Eliminating 106 Local Jobs Due To ObamaCare. "Citing concerns about the new federal health insurance law, Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield said Wednesday it will shutter its First Administrators office in Sioux City, eliminating 106 jobs." (Dave Dreeszen, "Sioux City Insurance Office To Close; 106 Local Jobs Lost," Sioux City Journal , 7/10/13)

  • The Announcement Comes Just A Year After The Company Received The City's "Growing Sioux City Award." "The closing, scheduled for early 2014, comes a year after First Administrators, or FAI, completed a major renovation of the offices at 1201 Zenith Drive and nearly doubled its workforce. At a ceremony in July 2012, Mayor Bob Scott presented the company with the city's 'Growing Sioux City Award.'" (Dave Dreeszen, "Sioux City Insurance Office To Close; 106 Local Jobs Lost," Sioux City Journal , 7/10/13)
     
  • "Wellmark … Had Operated In Sioux City For More Than 65 Years." "Wellmark, which has operated in Sioux City for more than 65 years, did not say what it intends to do with its Zenith Drive property." (Dave Dreeszen, "Sioux City Insurance Office To Close; 106 Local Jobs Lost," Sioux City Journal , 7/10/13)

ObamaCare's "Ever-Increasing Number And Complexity Of Federal Regulations, Mandates And The Rising Costs Associated With These Changes" Were To Blame. "Wellmark, Iowa's largest health insurer, attributed the decision to the 'ever-increasing number and complexity of federal regulations, mandates and the rising costs associated with these changes.' Major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which revamps the nation's health care system, take effect next year." (Dave Dreeszen, "Sioux City Insurance Office To Close; 106 Local Jobs Lost," Sioux City Journal , 7/10/13)

ObamaCare's Rules And Regulations Made Doing Business In Sioux City Cost Ineffective. "After a 'thorough review,' Wellmark concluded it was 'simply not cost effective' to modify the FAI Information Technology system to meet the new rules and regulations." (Dave Dreeszen, "Sioux City Insurance Office To Close; 106 Local Jobs Lost," Sioux City Journal , 7/10/13)

Iowa Senate Candidate Bruce Braley Is A "Champion" And "Full-Throated Supporter" Of ObamaCare

Braley Proudly Voted For Obamacare. "After reading the bill, listening to my constituents and debating the bill's provisions in Congress, I'm convinced this legislation is good for Iowa." (Press Release, "Braley Statement On House Passage Of Health Care Reform," Congressman Bruce Braley, 3/25/10)

  • Braley: "I'm Convinced This Legislation Is Good For Iowa." (Press Release, "Braley Statement On House Passage Of Health Care Reform," Congressman Bruce Braley, 3/25/10)
     
  • Braley: "This Legislation Will Provide Much-Needed Relief For Thousands Of Businesses In Iowa's First District." (Press Release, "Braley Statement On House Passage Of Health Care Reform," Congressman Bruce Braley, 3/25/10)

Des Moines Register: "Braley Is A Full-Throated Supporter Of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act." (Jason Noble, "Medicare Divides Candidates," Des Moines Register, 9/23/12)

Quad City Times: Braley Is A "Champion" Of ObamaCare. "Braley, a champion of the Affordable Care Act, says it's "almost shocking" to hear Republicans talk about repealing it." (James Q Lynch, "Braley, Lange Locked In Rematch For Seat," Quad-City Times, 10/28/12)

In 2012, Braley Offered "Strong Support" For ObamaCare And Said People Should "Celebrate" Its Provisions. "At the Medicare event, he offered strong support for President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, the expansive health care reform derided by critics as a 'government takeover of health care' and a threat to the existing Medicare program for seniors. Braley dismissed such criticism point by point, and argued instead that the reforms are something people should 'celebrate.'" (Jason Noble, "Braley Prides Himself On Service To Constituents," Des Moines Register, 9/27/12)

Braley Celebrated The Supreme Court's Upholding Of ObamaCare. "Democratic U.S. House 1st District Rep Bruce Braley: 'The Supreme Court got it right today. This decision is good news for the middle class and affordable healthcare.'" ("Reaction From Around Iowa," Muscatine Journal, 6/28/12)


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