Restaurants and grocery stores have always done this. They are just going to do
it more now.
Not sure why people are blaming Obamacare for these types of things. The only
thing that's different is the previous way the hours were 32 hours which is
why businesses only scheduled part-timers no more than 32 hours. Now it's
29 hours a 3 hour difference a week. This an average wage loss of $15 to $18 a
week. This will most likely drop these employees into a lower tax bracket and
boost their income tax returns. Businesses have always scheduled employees to
avoid healthcare costs and additional worker's comp costs...nothing has
changed! The political poo is just really good at propaganda of the wrong
exaggerated kind to get people all worked up over something that was in place
for more the 30 years. There are people that are dead set against Obama and will
do anything to make someone they don't like look bad. Honestly tired of
hearing how everything is Obama's fault. Our broken health care system, our
broken school system, our broken welfare system was in place way before Obama
was our President. Those in the government seats should really grow up, swallow
egos, and seriously come together to represent those that voted for them.
Re: FT1/SSYes, the "Low Information Voter". Obama could not
have won without them!
So companies are claiming they can't afford to build more or hire more? Is
that it? Or is it that they simply don't want to pay health care benefits?
Hard to imagine that a company like Wendy's is struggling financially.
Thanks so much to all those "entitled" people who voted for Obama so he
could continue to turn our country into a socialist one. The worst cut is to
school districts whose aids for special needs classrooms and other part time
people have now really been hurt. Anybody thinking about impeaching Obama-I
would think there's plenty of evidence!!!
For everyone dissing Republicans over OBamacare, I hope you realize that is was
the Democrats that actually passed the thing. And NO, they hadn't read it
or even thought about the unintended consequences. It's pretty
disingenious (and liberal) to pass something over the objections of the entire
opposite party and then blame them when the law itself that you drafted is
seriously flawed. But that's politics as usual in Washington.I
hope tons of those now hurting ask themselves why they were in such a tizzy to
re-elect the great orator; the one who can talk and talk but that's the end
of his abilities.
I think it is important to keep a good portion of the people uninsured. That
way, they can go bankrupt when they get really sick. It is good because then we
can clearly then distinguish between the poor and wealthy. Also, it is good
because the middle class that actually buy health care, can pay more, covering
those costs, ensuring they stay in the lower middle class. This is all good,
because people who are wealthy are better able to distinguish themselves, and
live a nice opulent life style, much better than ours.
How anyone could think this Health Care Bill would work is beyond me. What,
well-read, logical, informed human being looks to government to provide these
kinds of services?
Max Baccus, one of the people who WROTE the bill, says it's going to be a
'trainwreck' when it's implemented.
And this surprises who exactly?
This whole mess is just more proof that incentives really do matter."What you tax you will get less of, and what you subsidize you will get
more of." Republicans were shut out of negotiations, and this whole mess is
the product of Obama. It is true that the Heritage foundation came up with the
idea of mandating health insurance, but they realized that would probably be
unconstitutional. They also realized that there is really no way to get around
the moral hazard where, it would be cheaper for individuals to pay a penalty
rather than buy insurance when your young and healthy.Government
bureaucrats have a hard time predicting outcomes and costs. It would be better
if government simply removed itself from providing services as possible. People
will then work to provide for themselves.
But obama and congress have their own insurance and retirement programs. I bet
they feel our pain or so they will tell us. The more they can put on the public
dole system the more votes they will keep getting.
I am amazed at these comments. Did Democrats, who worked so hard to pass the
ACA, really think the fundamentals of economics would not come into play here?
If you require corporations (who answer to "profit expecting"
shareholders, not to the government) to pay for healthcare benefits of
legally-defined full time employees, are you honestly surprised they would cut
hours to re-classify marginal workers as part time? Anyone who has a basic
understanding of how business works would know this. Businesses are not
charities. They will do what's legal to maximize profits. They exist to be
profitable, not to provide people with healthcare. They are only in the
healthcare business in the first place because of government imposed wage
freezes in the 20th century. During these times, companies provided healthcare
premiums as a non-wage incentive to attract employees. Now, again because of
unwise government intervention, the pendulum will swing in the opposite
direction. So, even though anyone who understands business would have seen this
coming, including Democrats, the fact it's happening is blamed, by
democrats, on republicans. Simply amazing...and laughable. Get rid of Obamacare!
It's a disaster even before it's fully implemented.
Thank you, President Obama--for your bravery, foresight and care for the middle
class. You stared down all of the bigotry, fear and bootlicking of the 1% on
this one. And you won, my man. We all won!
obama furthering job losses. well done.
The affordable Health Care Act was never about health care. The act was designed
to get Congress's hands into the till os insurance comapnies and private
busiensses so as to turn the health care industry into its own private slush
fund. The ACT rerutes the moeny through D.C., where the politicians all get
their "piece of the action" in the same way that gangsters running
protection rackets do.
The empty promises, inflated costs and devastating cuts in medical care
availability caused by Obamacare are finally being revealed.Repeal
Obamacare NOW! Entirely. Every last word and regulation.Socialized
medicine is a disaster wherever it has been tried, and our citizens deserve
better. The free market may not be perfect, but it will provide more and better
care at lower costs than the bureaucratic mandates and rationing we will
certainly kill us under Obamacare.Repeal it now!
Same thing is hitting construction workers.
Greed wins again.
If the business sets the hours, provides the equipment, and mandates the place
where you work, you cannot be considered a 1099 contractor, rather you are an
An alternative to the situation is just to move all employees to 1099
contractors and require that they take care of their own taxes and insurance.
People might prefer the increase to their compensation with a contract provision
that requires that they place a percentage of their income into a IRA health
savings account. This way, their insurance would likely be more affordable than
on a group plan. Thoughts anyone!
We need to get Business out of the personal business of their employees. The
employee’s health care solutions would be better if each employee could
handle his own. Even honest, decent Business operations will always
stay just inside the law and seldom exceed the law protecting people. And will
use any tactic they can to break the intent of the law, if it interferes with
their profits. The best solution is still the single payer
government administered insurance controlled by people.
Bottom line for those being moved to part-time. You getting what you voted for!
The past eight years my family has used a local nursing agency to care for our
disabled daughter. I know the owner very well (an Obama supporter), and the
staff. When the Supreme Court upheld Obama Care last summer, I asked the office
manager how will they comply since they have about 200 employees, she thought I
was speaking Greek to her. The company did'nt offer insurance. Around
January the owner announces she's moving the entire staff to part-time
hours, and she sends a notice to all families there will be changes to the
nursing care. The handfull of attendents, and nurses (alot of them obama
supporters like the owner) that I came to know the past eight years were
extremely upset. I explained to them what was going on, and may sure they
understood "your getting what you voted for". My family, we moved our
daughter to a nursing agency that will more stable. An agency with less than 50
This is exactly why a health care system whos access is dependent on the
generosity of a restraunt owner, or home builder and whos process makes
billionairs out of the access owners is an immoral disaster. The point of this
whole article is how business owners are working as hard as they can to avoid
providing their $2.63 part time workers with health insurance. Not because it
will drive them out of business but because it will "cut" into their
profits. But hey they have a job. Nice work Republicans you've created a
utopia over the last 30 years.
Wow! That is terrible, this administration is killing the American worker.
(Didn't someone from the AFL-CIO say that in the early 1980's?) Maybe
so. I guess that means that I'm liberal and Obama is conservative.The lesson here is an action is only liberal if it actually works.
Motivations, good intentions are fine for religion. But motives don't cut
it in government. What is liberal is that which works.
Get employers out of health care. Let them focus on their business.
Only in Liberal American's mind. The ACA will force the poor to become
more poor by cutting the work they can do and then, come tax day, hit them with
a fine for not signing up for the healthcare they cannot afford but must have
under the mandate.
We need a single payer system that removes employers from the provision of
health care entirely.
Thanks BO and dems.Now many full time workers will be pushed back to
part time, and some part-timers will see their hours cut, other workers will
face lay-offs. Some companies will not be expanding because the cost of
Obamacare is more than the marginal return on new stores.Obamacare
is killing employment. Unemployment numbers may be down, but only because more
people are dropping out of the labor force altogether, or are working part time.
They are struggling financially thanks to BO and his anti-business policies.
Is there no end to the mysteries and wonders of Socialism? This was a
'train wreck' before we heard Nancy Pelosi tell us that we had to pass
it first to see what was in it. What a joke!
But then these same companies will have to hire more part time workers and this
will eventually drive unemployment down. Which of course those in charge at the
time will attribute to their own great policies. Great benefits of the
Affordable Care Act, less unemployment! Course the jobs would guarantee worse
overall quality of life for lots of people but they might be healthier??
The 29 and 49 came from the republican side just like the entire health
insurance mandate came from conservatives,All you are saying is that
the conservative alternative to UNIVERSAL healthcare stinks.
"Affordable Care Act"? Should be the 'Unaffordable, Job Killer
Act" because that is exactly what it is!
Don't say we did not get fair warning about ObamaCare when the politicians
had no idea what was in the massive 1500 page bill that no one read, and its
10,000 page and growing list of unreadable regulations, as the good Speaker
Pelosi proudly asserted that "We must pass this bill so we can see what is
in it." Now we now. Full time workers are now part time and employers are
sitting on their hands rather than venture into this minefield.