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This was as predictable as the sunrise: with the cementing into place the odious Obamacare health insurance mandate, employers are laying off workers.

The only problem I have with this article is its subtitle: “Here’s Those Layoffs We Voted For Last Night.” Aside from the bad grammar, “we” didn’t vote for any such thing last Tuesday. Obamacare was crammed down our throats through backroom deals and threats. All last Tuesday did was formalize that cram down.

But no matter.

Here’s what’s happening: 

Welch Allyn

Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce over the next three years.  One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new law.


One of the biggest medical device manufacturers in the world, Stryker will close their facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs in December.  Worse, they plan on countering the medical device tax in Obamacare by slashing 5% of their global workforce – an estimated 1,170 positions.

Boston Scientific

In October of 2009, Scientific CEO Ray Elliott, warned that proposed taxes in the health care reform bill could “lead to significant job losses” for his company.  Nearly two years later, Elliott announced that the company would be cutting anywhere between 1,200 and 1,400 jobs, while simultaneously shifting investments and workers overseas – to China.

There are others as well that FreedomWorks didn’t mention. The list is only going to grow over time. This is one of those “ consequences” that come from passing a bill first and then reading what’s in it afterwards.

Here are some others that FreedomWorks did mention:

A short list of other companies facing future layoffs at the hands of Obamacare:

And of course there are the restaurant chains that are replacing full-time workers with part-timers in order to keep from having to pay for health insurance that would bankrupt them otherwise:

Beyond the complete elimination of a significant number of American jobs is another looming problem created by the health care law – a shift from full-time to part-time workers.

These include Darden (Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants) and Kroger, which is likely to affect tens of thousands of workers who thought they had full-time jobs.

This is the triumph of ideology over reality.

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