The fascists on the far left will blame the businesses for being “stingy”, but the real blame sits with the current occupant of the Oval Office, who rammed this monstrosity of a bill through Congress, and down the throats of the American people. Via the NBC News Investigations page:
Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“To tell somebody that you’ve got to decrease their hours because of a law passed in Washington is very frustrating to me,” said Loren Goodridge, who owns 21 Subway franchises, including a restaurant in Kennebunk. “I know the impact I’m having on some of my employees.”
Goodridge said he’s cutting the hours of 50 workers to no more than 29 a week so he won’t trigger the provision in the new health care law that requires employers to offer coverage to employees who work 30 hours or more per week. The provision takes effect in 16 months.
Luke Perfect, who has worked at Goodridge’s Kennebunk Subway for more than a decade, said it was “horrible” to learn he was among the employees whose hours would be limited, and that it would be a financial hardship. “I’m barely scraping by with overtime,” he said.
The WH, of course, is in sheer denial mode:
The White House dismisses such examples as “anecdotal.” Jason Furman, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, said, “We are seeing no systematic evidence that the Affordable Care Act is having an adverse impact on job growth or the number of hours employees are working. … [S]ince the ACA became law, nearly 90 percent of the gain in employment has been in full-time positions.”
I don’t even know if that’s true or not (probably not, knowing the spinmeisters and liars in this administration), but even if it is it doesn’t change the fact that a startling number of employers across the country will have no choice but to cut back full time hours to part time in order to be able to stay in business. The article continues:
But the president of an influential union that supports Obamacare said the White House is wrong.
“It IS happening,” insisted Joseph Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which has 1.2 million members. “Wait a year. You’ll see tremendous impact as workers have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced. The facts are already starting to show up. Their statistics, I think, are a little behind the time.”
In a letter to Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, Hansen joined other labor chieftains in warning that the ACA as presently written could “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week that is the backbone of the middle class.”
NBC News spoke with almost 20 small businesses and other entities from Maine to California, and almost all said that because of the new law they’d be cutting back hours for some employees – an unintended consequence of the new law.
At St. Petersburg College, a public university in Florida where most of the faculty is part-time, 250 have had their hours reduced for the fall term because the college said it can’t afford to offer them health insurance.
St Petersburg’s president, Dr. Bill Law, said providing health care for the 250 adjunct professors would cost more than $777,000 dollars a year. “The cost associated with making a part-timer benefits-eligible really is not available to us as a public college,” said Law.
“I don’t think anyone [passed the law] so they could make our life worse,” said Law. “They did it because people need access to health care.”
No, buddy, they did it because they knew it would – over time – prove be a failure, and one that they hope will eventually lead to their ultimate goal: A single payer healthcare coverage system that benefits NO ONE … outside of Uncle Sam. Oh, but if you have an Obama-favored business, or you happen to be a member of Congress or work for members of Congress, you’re fortunate enough to earn waivers or partial waivers or delays in implementation, or …
As my co-blogger Phineas so succinctly put it in a post earlier this month:
(1) [Obamacare is something f]or which no Republican member of Congress voted. This anti-constitutional fiasco is a wholly-owned Democrat operation, and we need to remind people of that at every opportunity between now and election day in 2014 and 2016.