H/T Gabe at Ace of Spades.
Let us stipulate, for the record, that no one enjoys seeing people further impoverished. That said, I can't help but indulge in some schadenfreude, here. If I had to guess, I'd say that the "single mother of three" was more than happy that she was going to be able to soak her bargain-basement employer for a high-speed health plan. I wouldn't even be surprised to find out she was an Obama voter.
Across the nation, economic reality is rearing its inevitable head, and Leftists are crying that "it's not fair!" Some are even threatening to boycott entire corporations because of the hard decisions franchise owners face. They are shocked, shocked that small business owners are cutting part-time employees hours to avoid them suddenly being considered "full time" despite not working full-time hours.
What, exactly, did they think would happen?
Well, honestly, most of them didn't. To most of them, especially rich actors, the economy is magic, and money is merely a talisman used to work that magic. They have no understanding of the economy, and they believe that it is not understandable. So when they heard "free health care," and "a right to health care," they never stopped to ponder economic realities like TANSTAAFL, or that the laws of supply and demand stem from the core fact of the scarcity of resources.
But then there are those who did think about it. Most of them, I will generously grant, really should have fallen into the first group. They don't understand economic reality. Unfortunately, they think they do. So when they heard "employer paid health care" they thought, "Yeah! Every worker deserves (oh, how I hate that word- DT) health care!" To them, those business owners are all just greedy jerks who want to become rich "on the backs of their employees."
Some few, however, thought about economic reality, and understood it. They are simply evil. They understood exactly what would happen. Indeed, they understood that this was the design of the law. Small business owners, especially restaurant owners (either family restaurants or franchise owners), tend to work on very small margins. That is, after they've paid their businesses' bills, including payroll, what they actually take home is fairly modest. Anything that cuts into that margin poses a very serious threat of putting them in a negative feedback loop which would end in bankruptcy and (and this is important) the closing of their business. What, exactly, do they think will happen to those workers?
See, the point of Obamacare is (as admitted by the Malignant Traitor himself) to be a "Trojan Horse" for single payer. The Democrats want more people forced out of their insurance and onto the Exchanges. That is the only possible outcome of all the mandates and fees baked into the law. Once enough people are forced onto the "Public Option," they'll be able to cry, "See?! We told you those evil capitalists were only in for the money! They don't care about you!" and enact single payer.
And once the Government controls your access to health care, the Government controls every facet of your life.