Sebelius “No Job Loss” Due to ACA, tell that to 33,000 Reps Who Lost Their Jobs Last Year
Last year was the first for the medical device tax. Introduced with the Affordable Care Act, the 2.3% tax is expected to raise $30 billion from the industry over a decade beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Industry won some concessions before health care reform’s approval. But so far, efforts to repeal it have failed. 33,000 jobs from the industry have been lost. Sebelius says that there has been no job loss though.
And it’s not much better for those still with jobs. It is a terrible tragedy when good reps are motivated through fear. But this is the business model that many companies prefer because reps are easier to manipulate, with a mortgage hanging over their heads. When management is threatening job loss, this dynamic creates a hopelessness in reps and management parasitically feeds off of that fear and hopelessness, often encouraging unethical or even illegal behavior as a means to save their job.