Well, first, OP = troll, bringing up an issue like this in a BP forum. :)
Second, this is a false argument:
"With the myriad of screwed up ways the government completely wastes billions of taxpayer dollars...Corporate welfare? Foreign military and nation building escapades? Nope, get mad at the guy without insurance for wasting your money."
Just because we end up paying for other questionable stuff does not mean that we don't pay significant costs to cover the uninsured. Because we do- COBRA and all that- and it will be nice to do something about it. We ALREADY have universal healthcare in the US- it's just a damned inefficient and somewhat callous form. Ultimately, this is more money out of everyone's pockets, thus reducing our true wages. So why not be up front about it? Put it out in the open where we can count dollars?
So, since I am unwilling to support turning life-threateningly sick people out of ERs and onto the streets to die then I sort of have to support mandatory healthcare insurance, because it is fiscally responsible. (And I'm a conservative at heart.) Costs will actually probably go down as people get more preventative care. Well, assuming that the insurance companies don't just suck that up as extra profit- which we need to take steps to prevent.
In the long run, it will all level out. I will pay less for other people's healthcare, and this will become just another cost of doing business. Ultimately, insurance is just part of pay, so avoiding the ACA is merely a scam to pay your employees a substandard wage. "MY GOD if we have mandatory healthcare coverage the ECONOMY will COLLAPSE!" Get real. Most of the first world has some sort of mandatory healthcare coverage and they somehow manage. So, I agree that cutting employee hours is scare-mongering. If someone wants to purposefully limit his company's growth no higher than 50 employees who all work less than 30-hours, let them. They are a fool. Decent employees will flee, and he will start having to hire seasonal or lower-skilled and unmotivated high-school students or something, then incur costs with high employee turnover, etc. I laugh at him.
Could the ACA have been written better? Absolutely. But this was the political reality. The holes can be patched as we gain experience with it.
I'm a right-of-center moderate, but I have to admit that the ridiculous Republican scare-mongering and generally petulant attitude (shutdown?!?) over this has put me off. And I will vote accordingly. IMO the Republicans have been systematically alienating the moderates in the country for the past decade. All that they have left are the radical wingnuts. There is no longer any such thing as a "moderate Republican" in the House, and only one or MAYBE two in the Senate.
EDIT--- Hey, what's the temp in hell, today? Because I am finding myself agreeing with Jerry and the other uber-pinkos on something! Who woulda thunk it? :)