An Obamacare disaster in Manchester
As reported by the New Hampshire Union Leader earlier this week, a company by the name of Workplace Benefit Solutions was charged with overseeing a report on how Obamacare would affect the City of Manchester, New Hampshire's finances.
Their findings were startling. Obamacare will cost the state's largest city nearly $200,000 in the current fiscal year. In addition, an excise tax on the value of generous health plans, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2018, could have drastic impacts on the municipality's budget. Tom DeLacey, a principal consultant with Workplace Benefit Solutions, told the aldermen in a recent meeting that projecting ahead with the city's current health plans, "the city could face a $1.2 million tax." He continued by saying "that between the city and the school district, the Cadillac tax could cost the city $3 million in 2018."
The Union Leader also editorialized on the subject on Thursday.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen was responsible for casting the deciding vote for Obamacare in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter also voted for it in the House of Representatives. Although both are responsible for these costs being passed on to Manchester, neither have commented on the report issued by Workplace Benefit Solutions thus far.
Day in and day out, the headlines regarding Obamacare's impact continues to paint a bleak picture of higher costs and lower quality of healthcare for New Hampshire families. Because of Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter, the City of Manchester will either be forced to saddle taxpayers with countless new taxes and fees to cover the increased costs or reduce the quality of healthcare offered to city employees.
Both of the aforementioned elected officials owe Queen City residents an explanation. With reports like this coming out of Manchester, why do Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter continue to stand by the failing law and refuse to support repeal efforts?