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Obama’s ‘Truth Team’ needs a fact check on their fact check

Oh the irony. President Obama’s so called “truth team” continues its propagandist efforts in the hopes of salvaging the President’s crashing approval numbers. This time, by falsely portraying Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as lying about Obamacare’s effects on the health care industry.

From the unTruth Team’s email:

Truth Team

Friend —

Fun fact:

The latest member of Congress caught spreading myths about Obamacare is none other than the one chosen to give the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently blamed the Affordable Care Act for layoffs in the health care industry.

FactCheck.org dug into the research and didn’t find any support for Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ claims — zilch. In fact, they found that there has been steady health care job growth, and that trend is expected to continue. One economist even called her conclusion “silly.”

We’re sure we’ll be hearing more on health care from Rep. McMorris Rodgers in tomorrow night’s response. That’s why we can’t afford to let any myth like this go unchallenged.

Fight back — let your friends know about this embarrassing fact check and help get the truth out about health care reform.

 

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The reality is Rep. McMorris Rodgers tried to pounce on what was a slight downtick in reported health care jobs — something economists say could be attributable to “statistical error.” But of course, there are voices out there who want nothing more than for health reform to fail — that’s why they’ve voted 46 times to repeal or derail the law.

What’s more absurd is that FactCheck.org found that “the new health care law is widely expected to increase health care employment” and quoted one Dartmouth economics professor who said he didn’t know of “any evidence that doctors have lost their jobs because of Obamacare.”

Truth Team, you know what to do.

Share the truth about Obamacare and the economy on Facebook:

http://my.barackobama.com/Obamacare-Fact-Check-FB

Or on Twitter:

http://my.barackobama.com/Obamacare-Fact-Check-TW

Fact check is hardly an unbiased source. Often softening the blow of critics where Democrats are concerned. In this case, they just got it wrong.

First example would be from U.S. News and World Report’s article where administrators at the Cleveland Clinic directly placed the blame for spending cuts and layoffs on the Affordable Care Act:

Administrators at the Cleveland Clinic announced on Wednesday that the health care giant would be cutting as much as $300 million from its 2014 budget, and that the cuts will likely include layoffs.

“Health care reform has really changed things, and the burden of cost is going to be falling on patients,” spokeswoman Eileen Shiel told The Plain Dealer. “We want to make sure we can keep care affordable.”

During a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting, Cleveland Clinic President and Chief Executive Dr. Toby Cosgrove told employees about plans to reduce operating expenses by about 6 percent, and cited the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as one of the reasons for the cuts.

Then, there is the article from the normally administration-friendly Huffington Post where a medical device maker directly attributes cuts to the tragedy that is Obamacare:

Medical technology company, Smith & Nephew, announced Thursday that it would be letting go of almost 100 workers at its plants in Tennessee and Massachusetts. The company, which makes orthopedic reconstruction products, is blaming 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices in President Obama’s health care law for the layoffs, according to Fox13 News.

Then there’s this:

Stryker Corporation, a Michigan-based medical device company with operations around the world, is laying off five percent of its employees in order to offset the cost of a tax passed as part of Obamacare in 2009 and scheduled to take effect in 2013.

and this

Clifton Springs Hospital let almost 60 non-clinical employees go last Friday. Hospital officials says it’s all because they’re trying to get ready for the impact of the new health care act. The act changes the way health insurance is run and the way hospitals are paid.

The stories are abundant and growing.

These layoffs are a necessity considering the goal of Obamacare. They want to make healthcare cheaper – one of the major costs in healthcare are the professionals that give that care. Therefore, if it is to cost less, there must be reductions in the cost of the people giving it.

Some will argue that these cuts are temporary, a statistical anomaly, a rounding error or a necessary evil. They can pick whichever explanation they like, but they must then admit they ARE happening.

If they are indeed happening, then Representative McMorris Rodgers is correct and it is Obama’s truth team that is spreading nothing more than the great leaders propaganda.

Want to know why Obama needs to discredit Rep. McMorris Rodgers so badly? Because she is giving the Republican response to his State of the Union address tomorrow night.

Thin, cheap, childish and foolish – and now they’ve been exposed.. again.

ObamaCare: WI Hospital Cuts 140 Positions; Lays Off 50

A Madison, Wisconsin hospital has joined the ranks of employers directly affected by ObamaCare cuts. About 50 people face unemployment, as Meriter Hospital announces layoffs. These cuts are a direct result of the decreased in payments they will receive as a result of the Medicare cuts contained within ObamaCare.

WKOW: On Tuesday, Meriter spokesperson Mary Reinke said in a statement that about 4 percent of the hospital’s 3,500 positions would be eliminated. That’s 140 positions cut, but 50 employees affected, because many of those positions are currently vacant. Some of those 50 employees among various departments will be offered jobs elsewhere in the company.

Reinke says the layoffs are a pre-emptive move to offset cuts to Medicare reimbursements put in place by the federal Affordable Care Act.

While 140 positions will be cut only 50 employees will be directly affected because the hospital had already begun leave vacant positions open in expectation of the ObamaCare restrictions.

The decrease in Medicare reimbursement will affect all hospitals but the smaller, more rural hospitals, which have a higher Medicare population will feel a greater impact.

Reinke says the layoffs are a pre-emptive move to offset cuts to Medicare reimbursements put in place by the federal Affordable Care Act.

Meriter Spokesman: Changes are inevitable.
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Obama Reelection Triggers Massive Layoffs

Are Layoffs Vindictive or Caused by Policy?

Wednesday after the election a number of companies announced they would be laying off employees. Some businesses said they would close completely. Others are cutting back staff from full time to part time work.

Through the week the numbers have grown. Big businesses. Mom and Pop small stores. And everything in between. All have been impacted. But it’s not just one cause; by reelecting President Obama the Affordable Care Act will continue to influence business growth, a gridlock remains in congress and the very possible Department of Defense cuts hurt not only the direct military employment but also the Defense contractors, and Obama’s War on Coal will now be doubled down.

None of this was a surprise. Those paying even a slight amount of  attention could see these cuts were imminent. If Obama was reelected there would be a layoff tsunami of giant proportions.

Still, rather than accept this as unavoidable change necessary for the programs they voted liberals are now blaming vindictive Republicans. They are tweeting out that corporations are firing workers in revenge of the election. They are shouting from their social networks that store owners who are closing are un-American and spiteful.  That small businesses are laying off employees out of retribution. That, for no other reason than they did not want Obama to win.

It is sad that these naive left wing voices are so loud. It is obvious that they have never been more than just a worker in a shop, never had to balance a budget, never had to meet a payroll.  They believe that Republican business owners want to ‘hurt Obama’ by keeping unemployment artificially high. They truly believe this is being done solely as payback for the election.  They refuse to believe that Obama’s destructive policies are at fault.

Bless their hearts. They just don’t know any better.

If you get laid off, before you go, ask the people getting laid off with you if they voted for Obama. If they say yes, say nothing.

 

In case you haven’t heard, these companies announced layoffs and closures since Wednesday. Is it just the beginning?

Boeing Announces Big Layoffs in Defense Division

Lockheed Martin to lay off 123,000

Exide Technologies, in operation since the 1930s, closing operations in Pennsylvania. 150 out of work.

Caterpillar closing MN plant.

Layoffs loom for Jackson County, Ohio mine.

North Carolina’s Mills Manufacturing will lay off 68 workers by the end of the year.

UtahAMerican Energy lays off 102 miners

Want more? Check out the list at Twitchy.com and Freedomworks.org

More Financial Difficulties in Solar Industry

Another solar panel company has laid off half of its workforce after receiving millions of tax dollars in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits. The company was lauded by VP Joe Biden, U S Secretary of labor Hilda Solis, and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland as being a “model of innovation and success”. The company had 80 employees but has just laid of 40 of those employees citing upgrades in the assembly line for the layoffs. The plant is located on Progress Drive in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Willard & Kelsey Solar Group LLC received a $5 million loan from the Ohio Department of Development, a $10 million loan from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, a $3.3 million job creation tax credit, and a $701,000 grant for the training of 50 current and 250 new employees. The 250 new jobs at the 262,000 square-foot plant along State Rt. 25 were promised in February, 2011 but have yet to be produced. The company goal of producing 600-700 jobs in the next two years and up to 4,000 more jobs in the next five or six years seems to be farther off than originally expected.

The layoffs have been confirmed by WTOL 11 TV and the executive manager of the Ohio Solar Hub, Sophia Fisher. The company expects the laid off workers to be rehired eventually but the company’s CEO and Chairman of the Board, Michael Cicak, would not give a timeline on any rehiring. Cicak stated that they are improving the efficiency of the assembly line and that they still have about 30 employees on the payroll.

The costs involved in changing the assembly line, profit margins, and quarterly earnings have not been released. Since the company is privately held there is no requirement to release this information.

 

Unemployment Claims Lowest Since April

A Bureau of Labor statistics report announced that first-time applications for unemployment benefits fell to below 400,000 for the first time in three months. At 398,000, the drop has gone under the mark that many analysts feel signals recovery in the job market.

No extenuating circumstances were noted in the labor report as to why the number came in so low, but the number of layoffs did slow by 67% in June. More than 159,000 workers were laid off in over 1,600 separate layoff actions.

What the report also showed is that the number of Americans on extended benefits is up drastically.

Beneficiaries that have used up the standard benefits and are now on emergency benefits is up another 62,400 bringing the total to a staggering 3.76 million Americans.

Analysts believe the unemployment rate will remain unchanged for a few more months citing the still high level of layoffs in the report.

10,000 Jobs Being Cut at Cisco

CINCINNATI, July 14, 2011 — As Cisco looks to reduce costs, the once renowned company is now looking to cut 10,000 jobs. With 3,000 employees accepting early-retirement packages, another 7,000 are facing layoffs.

Cisco employees aren’t the only ones shaking in their boots. Companies nationwide are also experiencing job cuts. From big international banks such as UBS to local school districts, employers are looking for ways to survive in an increasingly weakening economy.

Career strategist and author Julie Bauke can give your audience the advice they’ll need whether they’ve already received a pink slip or fear one may be coming. She can reveal quick tips on what employees should and shouldn’t do if they think they might on their company’s layoff list. Invite her to answer:

  • How can you stop panic from steering you in the wrong direction?
  • What is the importance of staying productive during this time?
  • Why should you start planning as if you are on the list?
  • Why is starting your job search immediately exactly the wrong thing to do?
  • How can you look ahead to turn this into a positive experience?

CREDENTIALS: Julie Bauke is a leading career strategist and author of the book “Stop Peeing on Your Shoes: Avoiding the 7 Mistakes That Screw Up Your Job Search.” She is a regular contributor on WCIU-TV in Chicago and has been featured on CNN.com, MSN.com, The Huffington Post, MSNBC.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox WXIX online, and many others.

CONTACT: Julie Bauke, (513) 314-3984 (OH); [email protected];http://www.congruitycareer.com