Obama donor lays off employees because of ObamaCare

**Posted by Phineas

“But at least we won the election! Obama!!”

Nancy Pelosi said we’d have to pass the health-care reform bill in order to find out what’s in it.


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.

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’s corporation is part of an industry that has been a big loser at the hands of Obamacare. Having refused to get on board with the White House and the Senate Finance Committee when the law was being crafted in 2009, the medical device industry was punished with an excise tax of 2.3% of their revenues, regardless of whether they make a profit.

My sympathies to anyone losing their job at Stryker, or elsewhere. Except to those who voted for Obama. All I can say to them is this is what you voted for.

Elections have consequences.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

8 thoughts on “Obama donor lays off employees because of ObamaCare

  1. This story is completely missing from the Buffalo Evening News.However, this paper endorsed Obama and calls for the eradication of all Tea Party people in the Republican Party.

  2. Stupid is as stupid does.

    Howevs, they’re still going to blame Republicans for it somehow. And the Republicans (being not just stupid but also treacherous) will agree wholeheartedly.

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  4. Sorry for the people who have lost their jobs at Stryker, but with any luck they’re union employees and are just about to find out how their darling union bosses didn’t even use K-Y.

    And, along the same vein, I wonder how many mindless other union employees across the land, when they lose their jobs because ObamaCareTaxes cause those layoffs, will figure out that their darling savior was in on the gang-bang, too?

    Mindless enough that Steve’s probably right: it’s still GW’s fault!

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