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Obama $ Donor Lays Off Employees Due to ObamaCare

Dr. Susan Berry

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.

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.

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.

Republicans in the House have attempted to repeal the excise tax with a bill called the Protect Medical Innovation Act. The Democrat-led Senate, however, has refused to cooperate, saying that withdrawing the tax would cause Obamacare to come unraveled.

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.

It seems Stryker Corp., like many other businesses in America, was waiting to see how the election turned out before making important decisions; it is now moving ahead with those planned layoffs in the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection.


  1. Windy November 15, 2012

    That’s alright because Stryker knew about Obamacare when it made all its contributions to the Democratic party so there should not have been any surprises about how Obamacare would affect them.

  2. Clinic arm November 18, 2012

    Stryker was a poor example for this article. Stryker has been growing 20% year after year for the past 18+ years. How do they do it? Their magic bullet is turnover/attrition. In the medical device world, this company has the worst record for retaining sales employees, the drivers of their growth, however it is also the reason they are so successful….they slash jobs all the time, simply to eliminate the weak. There is nothing wrong with this business philosophy, since they grow every year by bringing in new blood to replace the old. However, to use stryker as an example for how a company will deal with obamacare is ubsurd. Tell me how smaller, growing medical device companies will deal with this, instead of a company who is a repeat offender of laying people off. My company simply increased pricing by 5% and that’s it……no lay offs. The moral of my post is that this article allowed Stryker to use Obamacare as another excuse to cut people and the author either didn’t care to state the facts or is misinformed and failed to gather good data. Instead of providing us with content, the author provided us with surface level information.