August 31, 2013
Christensen once supported Obamacare — also called the Affordable Care Act — because he likes to help people.
“I’m a left-leaning social activist,” he said Wednesday at a Chattanooga chapter meeting of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which counted U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, in attendance. “It sounded like a good idea to offer insurance to all the people in the country.”
Christensen was originally concerned with patients who go to the emergency room for minor ailments instead of seeking a primary care physician and felt that Obamacare would allow people to stay healthier and remove perverse incentives that clog up hospitals across the U.S.
The only problem? He didn’t realize how much it would cost him, and he’s horrified by how much it’s going to cost his employees.
“Some of those regulations about what the costs of my employees are going to be are horrendous, and I can’t understand the math,” he said. “Listening to the insurance providors and people providing webinars on how to figure out what our costs are going to be in this program, it’s gigantically troublesome to me.”
Not only does the math make his accountant shudder, Christensen is fairly certain that his employees are going to totally lose all coverage, he said.
How’s that hopey-changey stuff workin’ out for ya?