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Can any provision of Obamacare be effectively implemented?

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: July 18, 2013

As Obamacare is falling apart around them, citizens are still forced to prepare for it, even though the system contains conflicting mandates and is constantly changing based on the whims of federal authorities, not the text of the law. Preparation is no easy task.

Cori Loomis, an attorney with law firm Crowe and Dunlevy, says Oklahoma employers “are really struggling with implementation” of Obamacare. She says many clients “are experiencing significant premium increases,” partly because Obamacare imposes new mandates and won't allow insurers to turn anyone away, meaning premium hikes are required “to cover the cost of covering more, sicker people.”

To limit their exposure, she says businesses are considering discontinuing coverage for employees' spouses, limiting workers' hours so they don't qualify as full-time employees and refraining from hiring new employees.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., famously said Congress had to pass Obamacare in order to find out what was in it. Well, now we have a good idea: numerous provisions that are some combination of expensive, unworkable, arbitrary, job-killing, prosperity-stifling, contradictory — and unconstitutional.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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