Workers in the old Soviet Union used to describe their economic system this way, “We pretend to work, they pretend to pay us.” The Obama Regime has apparently decided to adopt this system as well.
Employees at an ObamaCare processing center in Missouri with a contract worth $1.2 billion are reportedly getting paid to do nothing but sit at their computers.
“Their goals are set to process two applications per month and some people are not even able to do that,” a whistleblower told KMOV-TV, referring to employees hired to process paper applications for ObamaCare enrollees.
The facility in Wentzville is operated by Serco, a company owned by a British firm that was awarded $1.2 billion in part to hire 1,500 workers to handle paper applications for coverage under the law, according to The Washington Post.
The whistleblower employee told the station that weeks can pass without data entry workers receiving even a single application to process. Employees reportedly spend their days staring at their computers, according to a KMOX-TV report.
“They’re told to sit at their computers and hit the refresh button every 10 minutes, no more than every 10 minutes,” the employee said. “They’re monitored, to hopefully look for an application.”
Adding to the hilarity, those Serco employees count as “private sector jobs,” because even though they are doing Government work, they do it under the auspices of a private employer. This lets dim-witted Obama cultists brag about how many private sector jobs the SCOAMF has “created.”
So, under Obamacare, you have data entry workers hired at a cost of billions sitting around doing nothing, while hospitals are laying off nurses.
All because progressives believe the Government is so much smarter about how to spend money than consumers or health care companies.
Meanwhile, Obama could permit real jobs to be created by permitting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but that would be contrary to the financial interests of Democrat financier Tom Steyer. So… no.
In other economic news, the people who perform the dangerous and demanding work of asking if you “would like to try a combo today” are still demanding $15 an hour for a job that can (and will) be performed by a touchscreen. In Switzerland, voters rejected a proposal to raise the minimum wage to the equivalent of $25 an hour; because the Swiss are not low-information voters who embrace idiotic economic policies promoted by socialist dunderheads.