Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute testified this week before the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Her topic, of course — ObamaCare.

The health law is redefining a full-time work week as 30 hours rather than the traditional 40.  Because there is a look-back period, many employers already are scaling back employee hours.  And many of them are cutting workers to 25 hours to provide a cushion in case shifts run over.

That is a significant income loss for workers, many of whom are at the lower-end of the income scale.  But employers, especially in the restaurant and retail industries, say that their decisions are driven by an attempt to keep their doors open.

And a one-year delay in the employer mandate will not change the hiring behavior of employers.  They won’t hire full-time workers while knowing they would have to let those workers go a year from now.  If anything, the delay gives employers more time to figure out how to restructure their businesses and workforces to avoid the added costs of the health law.

Very sad for working people.