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Will Retired Seniors Really Have to be Fired Over Obamacare?

According to NBC News in Chicago, about 30 government workers in Lake County, Indiana — all senior citizens, will lose their jobs in the coming weeks.  According to their employer, Obamacare’s mandates prevent retired seniors from working without penalty to the employer.

These retired senior citizens returned to work for various reasons.  Some needed the money and others wanted to work part time as a way to spend their time interacting with others.  Despite their reasoning, however, they should be able to work in America without having to answer to Obama for it.

More from the story:

The county said it’s a result of healthcare changes for seniors under the  Affordable Care Act, but the soon-to-be-fired workers aren’t so sure.


As of Oct. 1, they will be out of work again, and a form  letter mailed to each of them explains Obamacare is to blame.

"Part of this new law regulates the rehiring of retired  employees and the coverage that those individuals receive," the letter  reads. "Regrettably," it continues, "we must conclude  your employment with  Lake County no later than September 30 2013."

As you can see, some of the workers are doubtful seeming to believe that the county is making it up.  But as NBC concludes (emphasis):

NBC 5 called numerous Lake County officials, some repeatedly, asking to see the  provision in the Affordable Care Act that mandates the dismissal. We also called  Aetna in Hartford, Conn., because Indiana officials didn’t provide a local  contact. To be fair, it’s a couple thousand-page document, so that may be why  we’re waiting.

Regardless of what the truth is, either circumstance is just another huge example of why this expensive disaster needs to be defunded.  If the bill isn’t to blame, we’ll never know because it’s too massive and complex for even a major news organization like NBC to confirm or deny it.  This employer is a government body.  So either the Affordable Care Act itself is responsible for firing grandma (along with throwing her over the cliff) or government-employers are using it as an excuse to fire the elderly.

Mrs. Pelosi was right.  They passed it and we’re still finding out what’s in it.

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  • Lennart Bilén

    Isn’t it more like we passed this bill and we still can’t figure out what is in it, partly because the regulations are still being written?

    • myfairlady


      • senator20526

        …to fit a certain agenda….

        • Budvarakbar

          Bolshevik agenda

    • Norma_Perez

      They know exactly what smells in this bill, the stench of death. The problem they’re having is how to cover it up and make it smell like roses.

  • PhilTan

    This bill is such an overeach. If it’s not already difficult to find work in this economy when you need it, you now have a health law that is causing people to be let go due to penalty ? All these morons always come out with the talking point about pre-exising conditions. What about this situation. Republicans can’t capitalize on this ? " You’re not being fired due to performance but due to the goverment healthcare " ?

  • FaithColeridge33

    So sad. A lot of these seniors work part-time because it’s their lifeline to the outside world. Life can be much better when you feel you have a purpose. That being said there doesn’t have to be any explanation of why they work. This is disgusting.

  • glennisw

    Answer? No, the whole premise is a lie. Quit trying to scare seniors.

    • Steve_Flesher

      Did you read the article I linked to and the letter the employees received? There’s also a video. It’s not about scaring seniors. It’s about reporting a story.

  • Christopher H Fromme

    Indiana had the chance to nullify the ACA but did nothing. As long as we have Dem Prez we are stuck with this trainwreck. Only the states can make Obamacare null & void by the 10th Amendment

  • DocBarry1

    Time is Now! Please read Jim Demint’s article on the reasons to Defund obamacare now – without hesitation stop it now.

    The House Republicans must rid themselves of a cancer – that is the House Leadership – they must be removed before another vote is taken

    This leadership is not representing the people/voters that put them in the Majority

    If the House does not remove them then they own them and whoever keeps them in power – deserve to be thrown out as well

    Remove them, do not wait – Remove

  • AmazedOne1

    If it turns out that theLake County officials are interpreting this provision correctly and it’s too expensive to re-hire the retirees — that would affect the whole nation dramatically.

    • MaMcGriz

      But best of all, for obama and his genocidal agenda, more seniors will die sooner as a result of this.

      Obamacare kills.

  • conservativemama

    Okay. So we’ll just warehouse seniors and give them a pill now and then to make them comfortable. We’ll abort at the beginning of life and neglect at the end of life. It reads like the script of science fiction horror movie. Building that mythic perfect world with perfect people.


    I spent a lot of time this past summer in South Carolina and Florida, two states with lots of retirees. They are working everywhere. Big box stores, supermarkets, Disney World. I like seeing older people out there in the world engaged, because God willing, someday I’ll be a healthy, active senior citizen still having fun in this life.

    This bill is going to destroy this country in ever way, physcially, spiritually, morally, financially. It has to be defeated.

    Seriously, the entire liberal agenda has to be defeated because it’s destroying us and it doesn’t have to be. I’m going to become a broken record. Domestic energy development: more jobs at home, a stronger economy, free of the Middle East nightmare, and less money to the Arab oil sheikhs and the terrorists they finance, and to Putin.

    This message needs to be pounded into the American brain.

    • Budvarakbar

      Agree – but — good luck — it has been voiced by many since spring 2008 — 5-1/2 years — not much hope.

      • lyndaaquarius

        stay hopeful, things quietly build and then reach a tipping point and everything is different.

  • dmac8889

    When Government enters the Free Market it is no longer Free. Government changes all the rules and has the final say. Those that hate Capitalism demand the rest of us live in the mediocrity that Government can only afford. Americans must awaken from the addiction from Government largess, that is no longer sustainable.

    • Budvarakbar

      The dam government cannot afford anything except what the stupidified sheeple pay for

    • freeperjim

      IIRC, that’s called "fascism"…

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