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Sebelius asks pediatricians to start helping sign people up for Obamacare

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By Doug Powers  •  May 7, 2013 02:34 PM

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If a pledge to “abstain from helping promote a train wreck” isn’t part of the Hippocratic Oath, it should be.

From the Washington Times:

President Obama’s top health official asked the nation’s pediatric groups on Monday to spread the word about benefits within the federal health care law, a plea that coincides with mounting pressure to implement the ambitious overhaul before its main provisions kick in next year.

“Our ability to get more people covered and create healthier families is going to be determined by our ability to educate people and sign them up. And we’re going to need your help,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Pediatric Academies Societies’ annual meeting in Washington, in remarks prepared for delivery.

The secretary was referring to the Affordable Care Act’s state-based insurance markets, where qualified consumers without employer-based insurance will be able to buy health plans with the help of government tax credits.

That should have said “where qualified consumers without insurance will be mandated to buy health plans.” And they certainly won’t be cheap, in spite of the comical fact that the word “affordable” is in the name of the law (an ironic title not unlike how bald guys are sometimes referred to as “Curly” and tall people as “Shorty”).

A related story from Investors Business Daily:

Retailers are cutting worker hours at a rate not seen in more than three decades — a sudden shift that can only be explained by the onset of ObamaCare’s employer mandates.

Nonsupervisory employees logged an average 30.0 hours per week in April, the shortest retail workweek since early 2010, Labor Department data out Friday show.

Even as retail payrolls have kept rising, with rank-and-file employment up 132,000, or 1%, over the past year, aggregate hours worked have fallen 0.9% over that span.

The average retail workweek was 2% shorter in April than a year earlier, the steepest sustained decline since 1980, an IBD analysis found.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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