Top 5 Obama Donor Cuts 1,000 Jobs over ObamaCare

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You won’t see the lefties getting all worked up over fast food places dumping workers because of the ObamaCare tax hike paying much attention to this. But one of ObamaCare’s uglier little knives was a tax on medical equipment manufacturers. And now that tax is hitting home for one of Obama’s biggest donors.

Forget Papa John’s. Meet Jon Styker.

Jon Stryker is heir to the Stryker Corporation, one of the largest medical device and equipment manufacturers in the world. Stryker’s grandfather was the surgeon who invented the mobile hospital bed. The company now sells $8.3 billion worth of hospital beds, artificial joints, medical cameras, and medical software every year.

Stryker, a member of the Forbes 400 list, was one of the top five donors to the Obama campaign. Having donated $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC, Stryker also gave $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the Democrat Party.

Stryker Corporation has announced that it will close its facility in Orchard Park, New York, eliminating 96 jobs next month. It will also counter the medical device tax in Obamacare by eliminating 5% of their global workforce, an estimated 1,170 positions.

Last June, while the nation awaited the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, Stryker Corp. announced that it was tying plans to slash 5% of its global workforce to the tax if the law was upheld. The company would do this as part of an effort to realize $100 million in annual productivity gains to offset the blow when the excise tax went into effect in 2013.

None of the lefties calling for a boycott of Papa John’s is going to notice this. But by the time ObamaCare’s reign of terror is done, millions more jobs will be lost and medical care in America will undergo a significant decline.

But just one remember one thing. While Jon Stryker does not have enough money to pay his employees, he does have money for the things that really matter.

Prior to the 2012 election, Stryker contributed millions to help Democrat candidates in his home state of Michigan. He also gave nearly $250 million to groups supporting gay rights, transgenderism, and the conservation of apes. In January, his Arcus Foundation donated $23 million to Kalamazoo College for an endowment to fund a center for social justice leadership.

There is your liberal 1 percent in all its repugnant glory.

  • Steve Chavez

    Now that they are waking up from SLEEPING IN THEIR OWN VOMIT, and how they threatened their workers that they must vote for Obama if they want to keep their job, implied or not, hope is that they will be taxed to death, healthcare costs skyrocket, boards come after them, investors stop the funding, and they lose their job, get on food stamps, get their free cell phone, now a sex toy, and watch their man fall from treason!

    • penny

      Wow I couldn’t of said it better myself,it’s been some time and even more stuff has happened. They all were all so dum, I can’t help but laugh when they get it, what they did to others, they are not getting away with.. Impeachobama.com is loaded with new stuff.

  • TruthBuster

    So a company that does $8B a year cant afford 2,000 per employee? Riiiiiight

    • flowerknife_us

      That is just a fine, the Insurance is more like 2-3 times that amount.

      What will you do when your uncle Obama gives your jobless but a bill for your Medical Insurance? The Mandate is on YOU to buy the Policy irrespective of your employment status.

      The Business mandate is a CONDITIONAL obligation. A full time job just became 28Hrs. Now the jobs are cut for full timers. The new hires will just get fewer hours and more people part time will be hired. this way even the new employment figures will be made to look good.

      There is still hope for you to find work. Getting enough work to pay your Medical Tax
      should concern you. Your Uncle Omama is known to have a temper and has hired any number of finger-men to collect it.

      • howellrh

        The whole plan for obamacare when it was written is to turn it in to a one payer system and its working. You demwits who voted for this jerk are going to see what hell we are going to pay now. the usa is over in a few years. get you guns, food storage, and gold

    • Cliff

      That statement show Liberals don't have a clue about running a business. Guess that show why very few run one. You see a companys gross sales and just assume it's all profit and they should be able to absorb anything thrown at them.

  • Me2233

    Interesting how Stryker inherited his business. I'm sure his ancestors would be very proud of him.

  • Mary Sue

    now, who on EARTH thinks taxing medical equipment is a GOOD idea?!

    Not even Canada charges GST/HST on medical devices.

  • Mirjam

    Absolutely incredible that he STILL supported Obama???

  • frank

    Typical liberals, liberalism is good enough to shove up everybody's arse but not their own.

  • camdenme2

    PRESBOCARE wil destroy the e best medical system in the world !!! Unemployment will rise well above 10%. This is jus the beginning ! Presbo Kenya knows exactly what he is doing !!

  • Gloria Wedemeyer

    How can this man give a substantial amount to Obama knowing his agenda and then complain about it.

    • Dumb ole redneck

      Liberals don't understand the law of unintended consequences because of a mental deficiency rendering them incapable of rational thought processes.

      • Scott Todd

        Oh he knows EXACTLY what he's doing. He's deliberately trying to cause turmoil and then using alinsky-ite tactics blame everyone other than himself for causing it. If enough sheeple buy it they'll beg to become government slaves and his takeover will be complete.

        • Scott Todd

          Obama, that is.

    • HawkCW4

      He's not complaining, he is just working the system. First you should understand, a Lib is a Lib. Stryker does not care about the USA or what happens to it, He will simply play the game. He would rather see a treasonous guy in the white house, as long as he claims to be Liberal, than to see the Country get well. So he made sure he paid into the re-elect and knew he would have to fire many people when it was over. You people see this happening and never stop to realize your hero is killing America and everyone in it. Businesses all over, owned by both Libs and Cons, are now putting in place the new look company to offset the killing tax mandate to pay for the Liberal Holy Grail, OBAMA CARE> Why you didnt see it coming when everyone with a lick of sense screamed it for 4 years is beyond me. You wanted him, you got him and his killing policies. This man is not an American, and he wants America reduced to third world status for the new Leaders, and folks you do not get to vote for these guys. You already voted and sold your future, your kids future and your grandkids future down the tubes. Your stinking experiment just blew up the lab and you with it. Now suck it up and get ready to live like the Apes. In a few hundred years you will evolve or adapt or die.

  • Eff U Dems

    This is for all you idiots that thought for one minute that business and the rich will absorb any additional cost or taxes that affect their income or lifestyle. Welcome to reality, idiots. Who did you think was going to pay?

    • http://www.RepublicansSuck.com Anynomous

      A whole bunch of racist people against OBAMA it doesn’t surprise me… Its so unbelievable to think that in this day in age their is so much hate on our president. Is it because he is “BlacK”? I bet if he was “white” passing these LAWS you fools wouldn’t be complaining so much.. Republican is the reason why this country is so divided. I hope someday I can live the day when everyone is considered equal and their wont be so much hate in this world. Then again that will never happen because there is so many dumb close minded people in this world.

      • Doc

        Really? Well, my white daughter can't get a scholarship for the color of her skin. Can you? Oh yeah, you can. When I apply for a firefighting job, I get 5 extra points because I served in the military, you get 5 extra, just because of the color of your skin… you're right, racism does exist, but not becuase the white folks are prolonging it… I don't get why you think that because people have legitimate questions and opinions regarding Obamas failing policies, it's automatically racist. Let's look at it this way, if a white man with no experience, no real background to show(sealed college transcripts, nobody seems to know the man while he was growing up) less than 2 years working in the government, ever ran for President, do you really think he would win the nomination? I doubt it…

      • Tim

        I am not racist, I have never based my dislikes of a person because of their skin colour nor their gender, I have always based my assessment of a person based on one thing…. That is their moral character. And as far as I am concerned Mr. Obama has no morals, he out-right lies, or twists the truth to fit his agenda. He uses half truths and deceit to get his way.
        Also, I would like to know if you feel all of us that are opposed to his policies and the LAWS he wants to pass are racist, what about Herman Cain, David Webb, Allen West, and others?
        And one last thing, I am not a republican or a democrat, I am First a servant of God, a husband and father, and last, I am an American that believes in the Constitution, the one thing, that when truly adhered to, is what has always made this country stand out from all others. If it was not for my faith in God the creator of all things, I would have no hope for this country.
        Remember, as long as there is sin in this world, there will be evils such as racism, poverty, sickness, etc.

  • Bluebomba

    Just as it should be. It's time for businesses to evolve or die.

  • LB

    Amusing how the libs jump on the race card right away. Racist? Well, Obama’s half black and half white, so I guess you’d have to be Asian to be allowed to say anything without being called a racist. He is being criticized for his incompetence and his plan to derail the U.S. from the principals on which it was founded, not because he’s half black or because he’s half white. Hard not to notice how quickly Herman Cain, a man who understands business, was taken out of the presidential race. Had Condoleeza Rice decided to run, I’m sure she would have somehow been neutralized as well. I would probably have supported either of them against Obama. It would have been very amusing to watch the quandry for the folks who would no longer be able to use the “racist” comeback on an Obama criticism. It’s already going to be interesting to see what the new excuse will be to replace “I inherited this mess,” now that HE is the previous president.

  • richardblank

    OBAMACARE enhances outsourcing. Enacted in July 2010, The U.S. healthcare reform (“ObamaCare” or the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) is intended to pressure large and small employers through force and taxation. The result will show companies deciding to send customer support, sales, lead generation and appointment setting jobs offshore or risk going out of business. U.S companies can take advantage of a dedicated bilingual employee who is 100% committed to their project. ESL nearshore employees in Costa Rica are just as or more effective than transitional in-house employees. In addition, giving the business the freedom to scale up their offshore staff strength without getting caught in the Obamacare challenge in 2014.
    http://www.obamacareoutsourcing.com

  • Hamilton

    Jon Stryker has been identified as the mystery buyer of the Maho Bay Campground on St. John, USVI. Kind of a shame. He’s friends with the resort’s owner – Stan Selengut – and watched as Sta struggled to find a way around the expiration of his lease. Instead of helping his friend, Jon secretly bought the resort property with the intent of tearing it down and building his own private compound. What a guy!