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Part-time America gets push from health care law

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  • AmberDru Xenia, OH
    May 1, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    Restaurants and grocery stores have always done this. They are just going to do it more now.

  • RunAmuckMom Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    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.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    April 28, 2013 4:05 p.m.

    Re: FT1/SS

    Yes, the "Low Information Voter". Obama could not have won without them!

  • billster36 Nies, MI
    April 27, 2013 9:40 p.m.

    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.

  • nanato12 Spanish Fork, UT
    April 27, 2013 9:00 p.m.

    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!!!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 27, 2013 8:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Joe_Libertarian San DIego, CA
    April 27, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    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.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    April 27, 2013 8:20 p.m.

    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?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    April 27, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    Max Baccus, one of the people who WROTE the bill, says it's going to be a 'trainwreck' when it's implemented.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    April 27, 2013 7:00 p.m.

    And this surprises who exactly?

  • Mark l SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 27, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    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.

  • wYo8 Rock Springs, WY
    April 27, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    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.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    April 27, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    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.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 27, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    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!

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    April 27, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    obama furthering job losses. well done.

  • MrTuscadero Houston, TX
    April 27, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    April 27, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    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!

  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    April 27, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    Same thing is hitting construction workers.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 27, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Greed wins again.

  • LAnon Cedar Hills, UT
    April 27, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    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 employee.

  • Innovate Spanish Fork, UT
    April 27, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    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!

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 27, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    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.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    April 27, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    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 employees.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    April 27, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    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.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    April 27, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    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.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    April 27, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    Get employers out of health care. Let them focus on their business.

  • uncommonsense CENTERVILLE, UT
    April 27, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 27, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    We need a single payer system that removes employers from the provision of health care entirely.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    April 27, 2013 7:17 a.m.

    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.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    April 27, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    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!

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    April 27, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    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 old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    April 27, 2013 7:04 a.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    April 27, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    "Affordable Care Act"? Should be the 'Unaffordable, Job Killer Act" because that is exactly what it is!

  • Albert Maslar CPA (Retired) Absecon, NJ
    April 27, 2013 5:37 a.m.

    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.