by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
I have written previously about how Obamacare mandates are forcing businesses to cut employees’ hours, leading to a spike in what the Labor Department calls “involuntary part-time workers.” As reported in July, part-time jobs are at an all-time high, while full-time jobs are declining. Halfway through this year, only 130,000 full-time jobs have been added, dwarfed by 557,000 additional part-time jobs.
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. …
“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.
The president is trying to enlist all kinds of people — from celebrities to sports figures to your local librarians — to shill for this dreadful law, but he cannot magically talk it into good policy. He can, however, continue to exempt everyone who “matters” from its worst aspects.