RNC Communications - September 19, 2013

HHS Secretary Sebelius is trying to sell Obamacare in Missouri today where Obama will also be tomorrow – a state where Obamacare is negatively impacting a local hospital and businesses are cutting employee hours. While Obama may think Obamacare is “starting to bear real fruit,” here’s the daily reminder of the “fruit” it’s bearing (stay updated at

President Obama: Obamacare is ‘starting to bear real fruit’



  • Reuters: Cleveland Clinic announces job cuts to prepare for Obamacare -- The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic said on Wednesday it would cut jobs and slash five to six percent of its $6 billion annual budget to prepare for President Barack Obama's health reforms. The clinic, which has treated celebrities and world leaders such as musician Lou Reed, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and former Olympic gold medal skater Scott Hamilton, did not say how many of its 44,000 employees would be laid off. But a spokeswoman said that $330 million would be cut from its annual budget.
  • KING-5: Small businesses consider dropping health plans under Affordable Care Act -- Small businesses struggling to find affordable health insurance for its employees are considering dropping their plans altogether, now that there’s a new alternative: the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange, which starts enrollment in two weeks. Blankenship Equipment repair is a small, family-owned business that tries to take care of its employees.
  • Bloomberg: Obamacare Unleashes Benefit Changes From Companies -- Barack Obama wanted to change American health-care as we know it. And he is, in ways that go far beyond the goals of the Affordable Care Act. For weeks, headlines have cataloged the upheaval at private employers: UPS dropping coverage for employed spouses, IBM reworking retiree benefits. Yesterday came the biggest change: Walgreen Co. (WAG), the largest U.S. drugstore chain, told 160,000 workers they must buy their insurance through a private exchange rather than having the company arrange their coverage. None of the moves was dictated by the health-care law. All, though, have occurred in an environment shaped by Obamacare, which has pushed businesses and governments to reexamine their health-care role as costs soar and national priorities shift. The law now is giving businesses cover to loosen the decades-old link between jobs and health insurance, a shift that may further cloud the outlook for an already unpopular law.

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