Coats Notes: Obamacare Implementation Hurting Hoosier Businesses, Workers

Senator Dan Coats
2013-05-10 16:43:37
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Obamacare Implementation Hurting Hoosier Businesses, Workers <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14536.9643401.5291536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu. be%2fWvazXYOBqz0> <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14536.9643401.5291536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu. be%2fS9rIOp-ds6c> A report released by the Labor Department last week revealed that retailers appear to be cutting worker hours at a rate unseen in more than 30 years. Additionally, the average workweek and weekly take-home pay is shrinking. The reason? Beginning next year, job creators will face fines of $2,000 and in some instances up to $3,000 for every full-time worker who receives subsidized coverage in the exchanges created by Obamacare if qualifying coverage isn't available in the employee's workplace. Unable to afford the penalties under Obamacare, employers are reducing hours so that employees can be classified as "part-time," which the health care law defines as anyone working less than 30 hours per week. These are not big corporations with legal departments to sift through all of the regulations and resources to absorb penalties and fines that will be coming when Obamacare is fully implemented next year. These are businesses with 50 employees. In Indiana, I am hearing from many employers that the Obamacare law already is affecting their hiring and staffing decisions. Several business owners have told me that they would like to expand and hire, but the health care law leaves them no choice, but to cut staff and hours. I recently heard from a state representative in Indiana who is concerned about how this law is going to affect school districts in his area. He says some schools are being forced to move non-teacher personnel to part-time status, affecting food service providers, teacher's aides, bus drivers, substitute teachers, maintenance personnel and non-teacher coaches. This is what happens when Washington jams through legislation haphazardly and against the will of the people. We need to replace Obamacare with common-sense health care reforms that will lower costs without penalizing American workers and job creators. Click here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14536.9643401.5291536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu. be%2fS9rIOp-ds6c> or on the image above to watch me discuss this issue on the Senate floor. _____ Bill to End Free Cell Phone Welfare Program Too often, Washington creates a program that may be well-intended, but ends up costing taxpayers more money because of poor implementation and a lack of oversight. One such example is the welfare subsidy for mobile phone service included in the Lifeline Program. Created in 1984, the Lifeline Program was designed to expand landline services for low-income households to ensure they have access to connect to 9-1-1 and other emergency services. In 2008, the program expanded to include wireless service providers. Since that time, there have been numerous examples of fraudulent subscribers and the program has more than doubled in cost from $143 million in 2008 to $2.2 billion in 2012. Who is footing this bill? Everyone who owns a phone is paying for this service to provide others with a cell phone. The charges appear on the wireless and landline phone bills of customers. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken steps to tighten eligibility rules, a recent review in the Wall Street Journal of five top recipients of Lifeline support conducted by the FCC revealed that approximately 41 percent of subscribers either could not validate their eligibility or failed to respond to requests for certification. This week, I joined with Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to introduce a bill that would put an end to this misuse of taxpayer dollars. As many Hoosiers and middle class Americans continue to struggle in this economy, they shouldn't have to pay for a program littered with fraud that subsidizes free cell phones for others. A copy of the legislation can be found here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14536.9643401.5291536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats. senate.gov%2fdownload%2flifeline-bill> . _____ Remembering Former Governor Otis Bowen <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14536.9643401.5291536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu. be%2fB8iTkNmq6_c> Last weekend, Indiana lost a humble giant whose soft spoken, yet firm convictions influenced many Hoosiers, including me. Former Indiana Governor Otis Ray Bowen, known affectionately to many as "Doc," passed away at the age of 95, the culmination of a life spent in service to others. On Wednesday, I paid tribute to Doc in a speech on the Senate floor. Click here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14536.9643401.5291536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu. be%2fB8iTkNmq6_c> or on the image above to view my remarks. 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Brooks, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and the state's top military commanders to discuss how Indiana's military installations can best face the challenges posed by budget limitations. <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14536.9643401.5291536.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.co ats.senate.gov%2f> With students from Purdue University's Project Impact.
 

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Obamacare Implementation Hurting Hoosier Businesses, Workers

 

A report released by the Labor Department last week revealed that retailers appear to be cutting worker hours at a rate unseen in more than 30 years. Additionally, the average workweek and weekly take-home pay is shrinking.

The reason? Beginning next year, job creators will face fines of $2,000 and in some instances up to $3,000 for every full-time worker who receives subsidized coverage in the exchanges created by Obamacare if qualifying coverage isn't available in the employee’s workplace.

Unable to afford the penalties under Obamacare, employers are reducing hours so that employees can be classified as “part-time,” which the health care law defines as anyone working less than 30 hours per week.

These are not big corporations with legal departments to sift through all of the regulations and resources to absorb penalties and fines that will be coming when Obamacare is fully implemented next year. These are businesses with 50 employees. 

In Indiana, I am hearing from many employers that the Obamacare law already is affecting their hiring and staffing decisions. Several business owners have told me that they would like to expand and hire, but the health care law leaves them no choice, but to cut staff and hours. I recently heard from a state representative in Indiana who is concerned about how this law is going to affect school districts in his area. He says some schools are being forced to move non-teacher personnel to part-time status, affecting food service providers, teacher’s aides, bus drivers, substitute teachers, maintenance personnel and non-teacher coaches.

This is what happens when Washington jams through legislation haphazardly and against the will of the people. We need to replace Obamacare with common-sense health care reforms that will lower costs without penalizing American workers and job creators.

Click here or on the image above to watch me discuss this issue on the Senate floor.


Bill to End Free Cell Phone Welfare Program
 
Too often, Washington creates a program that may be well-intended, but ends up costing taxpayers more money because of poor implementation and a lack of oversight. One such example is the welfare subsidy for mobile phone service included in the Lifeline Program.

Created in 1984, the Lifeline Program was designed to expand landline services for low-income households to ensure they have access to connect to 9-1-1 and other emergency services. In 2008, the program expanded to include wireless service providers. Since that time, there have been numerous examples of fraudulent subscribers and the program has more than doubled in cost from $143 million in 2008 to $2.2 billion in 2012. Who is footing this bill? Everyone who owns a phone is paying for this service to provide others with a cell phone. The charges appear on the wireless and landline phone bills of customers.

Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken steps to tighten eligibility rules, a recent review in the Wall Street Journal of five top recipients of Lifeline support conducted by the FCC revealed that approximately 41 percent of subscribers either could not validate their eligibility or failed to respond to requests for certification.

This week, I joined with Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to introduce a bill that would put an end to this misuse of taxpayer dollars. As many Hoosiers and middle class Americans continue to struggle in this economy, they shouldn’t have to pay for a program littered with fraud that subsidizes free cell phones for others. 

A copy of the legislation can be found here

 
Remembering Former Governor Otis Bowen


Last weekend, Indiana lost a humble giant whose soft spoken, yet firm convictions influenced many Hoosiers, including me. Former Indiana Governor Otis Ray Bowen, known affectionately to many as “Doc,” passed away at the age of 95, the culmination of a life spent in service to others.  


On Wednesday, I paid tribute to Doc in a speech on the Senate floor. Click here or on the image above to view my remarks.

Coats in the News

Leaders work to shield Indiana's Camp Atterbury from closings

Area leaders remember Bowen

Vice President Biden and Sen. Coats help inaugurate IU School of Global and International Studies

Indiana’s armed forces on defensive

Indiana, Ohio lobby for drone site


Stay Connected

      


Coats with Hoosiers


I keynoted a ceremony to inaugurate Indiana University's newest school, the School of Global and International Studies, and helped break ground for a new building that will serve as its home.



I convened a roundtable discussion with Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and the state’s top military commanders to discuss how Indiana’s military installations can best face the challenges posed by budget limitations.



With students from Purdue University's Project Impact.


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