As we move closer to full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans and their corporate masters are trotting out horror stories of the “suffering” corporations will endure as a result of the implementation of the law. Along the way, they’re making an excellent case that Obamacare is pretty damn affordable–and that corporations should probably be doing more to ensure that workers have access to healthcare.
The Red State blog is circulating a a letterDelta demonstrating the nightmare that Delta will face as a result of the ACA: an increased cost of $100 million dollars per year! Senator John Cornyn, always willing to traffic in whatever nonsense a rightwing blog puts out, promptly tweeted his concern this morning:
You can almost imagine Cornyn using his Dr. Evil voice as he intones $100 million there, but he might be missing a few crucial pieces of context.
First, Delta will probably be alright, as its CEO noted just a month ago:
Delta reported a net income of $685 million, or 80 cents per share. That was in stark contrast to a $168 million loss during the same period last year when it had to deal with losses on fuel-price bets.
“We expect 2013 will be one of Delta’s most profitable years ever,” Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer, said in a conference call with investors.
Perhaps even more significantly, Delta is scheduled to have 116 million passengers in 2013, meaning that the costs to implement the tyrannical, business-crushing mandates of Obamacare work out to less than $1.00 per passenger flight.
I suspect almost every passenger in America would be willing to pay even a whole dollar per flight to ensure that those who suffer pre-existing conditions can receive decent medical care and be insured. Hell, on-board WiFi and a cardboard package of snacks cost far more than the cost of Obamacare implementation.