It's strange that all layoffs are being blamed on the ACA. If Romney took over and the ACA repealed, could we blame all the layoffs that still happened on the repeal?
Some of the companies listed are frankly, *** companies that are going down the toilet. BOA, for example, is still hurting from betting big on the housing bubble. They were too big to fail, otherwise Capitalism would have gobbled them up and spit them out. It's a poopy company that doesn't deserve to exist anymore.
Boston Scientific has been slowly circling the drain forever. Applebee's has lost market share for years to competitors. I bet if you were put on the spot to name three casual restaurant chains, Applebees would not make your list.
Layoffs are pretty common in pharma and biotech. Bristol-Meyers Squibb is laying off sales staff as demand for one of its drugs wanes, they likely will invest that money in more R&D or acquiring a smaller company. So simply putting together a list without looking and nuance of each company and blaming it on the ACA is pretty crude at best.