Here's one place Obamacare won't cost jobs

This occupation is already flooded with new work in anticipation of the Affordable Care Act's regulatory complexity.

By Aimee Picchi Jun 17, 2013 10:52AM

Smiling lawyer sitting at desk in office © Chris Ryan, OJO Images, Getty ImagesA mini-boom in hiring is going on in at least one industry under Obamacare.


Legal firms are boosting their staffs to help clients understand and comply with the Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reports. Corporate clients spent $5.72 billion on legal advice for regulatory issues last year, and spending on those services -- which include health care regulations -- is slated to jump to $6 billion in 2013. 


"The more they tinker with the federal regulations, the more work we have," Les Johnson, a partner who specializes in Medicare appeals at law firm Liles Parker, told the newspaper. 


The expected boom is quite a reversal from the likes of Regal Entertainment Group (RGC), which earlier this year said in a company memo that it's cutting hours for thousands of salaried employees. The reason? To avoid providing health care insurance under Obamacare's mandates.


On the flip side, hospitals, medical providers and employers are also finding that keeping up with the regulatory changes is like "drinking from a fire hose," Gavin Galimi, the general counsel for vision benefits company March Vision Care, told the newspaper. 


One medical equipment manufacturer, for example, spent hours analyzing how Obamacare's provisions, such as a medical device tax, would affect its business. That required more spending on outside attorneys and advisers. 


Lawyers are also getting hired to help structure deals and contracts under the Affordable Care Act, given that Obamacare is testing bundled payments that could do away with the typical fee-for-service type of treatment, as Forbes noted earlier this year.


Obamacare is also spurring hiring in one other area: call centers designed to help consumers figure out the new regulations. As many as 9,000 jobs will be created at 14 call centers across the country. 


Still, beefing up staffs in call centers and law offices isn't likely to placate critics of the law, given that it's still unclear how Obamacare will affect Americans' pocketbooks. 


Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi


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Jun 17, 2013 12:28PM
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There is nothing good about Obama-Care for the 49% of us that go to work every day and pay taxes.  The only way that Obama-Care will be good for you is if you are a free loading shyster and leech that will get something for nothing because our taxes will go to pay for your healthcare.
Jun 17, 2013 12:30PM
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Obama-Care = Redistribution of Wealth

Obama-Care = Division of America

Obama-Care = Working Tax Payers vs. Free-Loading Leeches

Jun 17, 2013 12:41PM
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obamacare. another weapon of mass destruction aimed directly at the middle class.
Jun 17, 2013 12:50PM
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More lawyers - just what we need.  We have a lawyer sitting in the White House, a bunch of lawyers sitting in the House and Senate, and it shouldn't be a surprise when they all get together and make things waaaaayyyyyyyyy more complicated than they ever needed to be.  Isn't it ironic that more than half of the lawyers in DC still don't know the definition of the word "illegal"?
Jun 17, 2013 11:38AM
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LOL, so the Medical Device companies will "spend more on lawyers" and a LOT LESS on their employees - Obummer is such a maggot
Jun 17, 2013 1:49PM
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The poor bastard trying to get enough hours to feed his family and pay the premiums for "affordable" health care will no doubt take comfort in the fact that more lawyers will now have jobs.
Jun 17, 2013 11:52AM
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it gets uglier by the day. maybe gets as ugly as the subprime meltdown.
Jun 17, 2013 1:53PM
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So this would be explain why the lawyer association overwhelmingly supported Obama in the last two elections.
Jun 17, 2013 2:05PM
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How much more will the working class put up with??????????????
Jun 17, 2013 12:09PM
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anything tainted will eventually come back up. even when it's shoved down your throat.
Jun 17, 2013 12:23PM
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What a joke!  All employers are cutting back on hiring because of Barry Obama Care except for the lawyers that help employers skirt the requirements and call centers that help people understand the law. 
Jun 17, 2013 2:09PM
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I don't see the problem, people can't seem to figure it out, for those of us that work for what we get, we have no problem with the way things WERE, so we can say if it's not broken don't fix it. BUT, for those who would rather live off the sweat of another mans brow, yes I can see the conflict, one wants something from the one who has, and the one who has, is pissed about it. Imagine that, the worse thing this country ever did was create a welfare system. The idea behind it may have been good intent, but they realistically had to know it would become warped and over-burdened, in no time at all. Well honestly I am curious what the fate of this once great nation, will be in say......20 years if today's standards are the bar, GOD HELP US ALL
Jun 17, 2013 12:16PM
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Great. Lawyers are such a productive addition to the economy.
Jun 17, 2013 1:08PM
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aimee is admitting obamacare will cost jobs. so finally they are seeing the light. at some point the balance will tip to repeal. it's just a matter of time.

Jun 17, 2013 1:52PM
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The only way that Obama-Care will be good for you is if you are a free loading shyster and leech that will get something for nothing because our taxes will go to pay for your healthcare.---- 
THEY ALREADY DO... silly
Jun 17, 2013 2:12PM
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That's just great- Now we'll need to bring our lawyer with us to the doctors office.

 

And all of you were worring about those new college grads getting jobs.

 

You didn't know what was in it, but you voted for it anyway-stupid fools !

Jun 17, 2013 2:01PM
Jun 17, 2013 2:25PM
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Instead of obama care they need to put a cap on the rising cost of medical care and drug comp. We wouldn't have all this problem. Plus Any Immigrants that seek free Medical care That money should be subtracted from any foreign aid that country gets from us
Jun 17, 2013 2:18PM
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“Legal firms are boosting their staffs to help clients understand and comply with the Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reports. Corporate clients spent $5.72 billion on legal advice for regulatory issues last year, and spending on those services -- which include health care regulations -- is slated to jump to $6 billion in 2013.”


And just who does Aimee think is going to pay for these increased legal fees?  The costs will be passed on to end consumers which means that the prices for goods and services will also increase in addition to what each person will pay in ACA tax payments.  More and more costs to the consumer and pretty soon, the costs will probably significantly outweigh the gain in ‘health care’.


“Obamacare is also spurring hiring in one other area: call centers designed to help consumers figure out the new regulations. As many as 9,000 jobs will be created at 14 call centers across the country.”


Makes one wonder what color the sky is in Aimee’s world?

Jun 17, 2013 1:57PM
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Wow this is just....its absolutely...oh never mind, I am just speechless over obamacare.
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