7.5 million Americans were required to pay a penalty last year due to not having health insurance. This is a higher number than the government predicted, and many worry it is a sign that the country is not prepared for Obamacare.
Rob Wilson, CEO of Employco USA, says “The Affordable Care Act is causing issues across the board. Not only did the IRS collect $1.5 billion dollars in penalty fees from hardworking Americans, but many people also were confused about filling about their tax forms. Taxpayers who paid a penalty to the IRS should have claimed an exemption on their tax forms, but thousands and thousands did not, simply because they were not informed. As a result, they overpaid the government on their taxes.”
Additionally, about five million Americans claimed no health insurance status on their forms, leaving the government struggling to find out how to categorize these folks. “We don’t know how millions of Americans in this country are able to pay for healthcare, or if they are receiving healthcare. It’s scary business.”
From new minimum wage rulings to proposed overtime changes to the Affordable Care Act, President Obama has made significant changes in the way companies in this country can do business. According to Rob Wilson, employment expert and CEO of Employco USA, “Obamanomics” could spell disaster for many employers.
“It started with Obamacare,” explains Wilson. “Since many companies couldn’t afford to offer their staff health insurance, they slashed employees’ hours and made them part-time instead of full-time, thereby forcing Americans to cobble together multiple part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. Now, companies face another issue: Overtime.”
Currently, the Obama administration is proposing changes to overtime regulations, changes which would offer more employees the chance to earn this extra income. However, not everyone thinks this is such a good plan.
Wilson says, “Economists don’t think the proposed plan is tenable in the long-term. Overtime wages are projected to be $1.3 billion. The FICA taxes associated with the OT wages alone is roughly $200 million (employer and employee combined). Plus, many people fear that employers will simply dump employees rather than face the prospect of paying multiple people overtime. Others will decrease their employees’ salaries in order not to lose money as a result of all the overtime they will have to pay. It’s a lose-lose for everyone.”
Employment Expert Explains Why Obamacare Has Led To Job Losses And Slashed Hours
Under the Affordable Care Act, companies with 50 or more employees are required to provide health insurance to their staff if these employees work 30 hours or more a week.
Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, says, “Since many companies cannot afford to provide health insurance for their staff, employers have instead opted to cut their employees’ hours so that they can limit their number of full-time staff and avoid costly health insurance plans. That means that many families will be forced to have working parents with not one but two jobs…and still no insurance!”
The bad new doesn’t end there, according to Wilson. As companies hunt for the most affordable plans and try to juggle all these new costs, something has to give.
Wilson explains, “To save money, employers might select an insurance plan that has higher out-of-pocket spending or even an insurance plan that does not place a cap on individual spending. This means that employees might now get stuck with a high-cost insurance plan for the next year, potentially spending thousands of dollars out-of-pocket on their healthcare. Numerous organizations have already seen their out-of-pocket expenditures skyrocket, and everyone from college students to families have seen their healthcare costs become an expensive luxury…if not completely unaffordable.”
Employment expert explains what Illinoisans can expect in 2016
Numerous health insurers are seeking approval for rate increases in 2016. Illinois will certainly be one of the states that are affected by these premium hikes. In fact, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is asking for an average 29 percent increase for their plans. Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Tennessee, Maryland and Oregon will request similar increases.
Rob Wilson, CEO of Employco USA, says, “It is no wonder that so many health insurers are seeking rate increases. This is the major concern that people had when Obamacare was first introduced to the nation. The reality is that money doesn’t come from nowhere: Someone was going to have to pick up the tab for the millions of Americans who are newly insured under the Affordable Care Act, and sadly, that is going to be the American people.”
The new rates will not be approved and finalized until early October. “Currently, the new premiums are still up in the air,” says Wilson, “We don’t yet know how much rates will go up or which insurers will offer the most cost-affordable plans. November 15 is the date when people can begin to sign up for new plans, so after the rates are announced, people will have some time to research their options and discover if they can still afford their current plans.”
Wilson continues, “Unfortunately, these increases are exactly why people were strongly opposed to Obamacare from the beginning. It’s not fair that the average American now has to carry the tab for the mistakes made by millionaires on Capitol Hill.”