Health changes spur test of more part-time workers

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  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Oct. 13, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    More evidence that "Obamacare" is a bad law". Businesses are scared of it because it came with a whole bunch of tax increases that no body wanted. How do Health Insurance Companies deal with tax increases on their services? They pass it on to their consumers, and this results in higher premiums. Of course there will be health exchanges set up by the Federal Gov't which will offer cheap plans that will give you only what the government is willing to pay for. Companies will start cutting health insurance all together and the only option will be the Federal Government. The movie "Obama 2016" shows that Pres. Obama wants these programs not for American but to carry out the dream of his Socialist father who couldn't full his own dreams of Socialism in his native Kenya.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 10, 2012 6:50 p.m.

    What I REALLY think is that the bosses are supposed to be paid more because of their ability to raise the value of whatever's being sold, because it's CONSUMERS, not investors who "create jobs". Anybody can cut hours and staff.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    To "My2Cents" and how much business would those companies lose by eliminating credit/debt card transactions? They should look more to the Maveric gas stations as a model. There you get a discount if you use cash.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    Mark B,

    yeah, and if guns did not shoot them at such a high velocity, bullets wouldn't hurt that much, either.

    when sales are stagnating, do you REALLY think it is a good idea to raise prices?

    If sales are stagnating, do you REALLY think there are raises to go around?

    short-change the investors, and they will not create the jobs for the hostesses,servers, bus-boys, dish-washers, etc.

    You can "if this... or if that" till the cows come home, but the truth of the matter is Obamcare has created a burden on this group of working poor by effectively robbing them of 25% of their hours and 25% of their income as a result.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 10, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    I don't suppose the geniuses in charge ever considered that they would save money on training and extra turnover by simply including benefits for full time employees. OR they could have raised the price of a plate of spaghetti by 50 cents or so. OR is it possible that someone in a boardroom could have said "You know, we got the last 10 raises. Maybe it's time for the people who actually do the work of serving the customer to get something"? Nah, not in MY lifetime.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    it's still difficult, but easier, to make some money working 40 hours per week for tips and "tip credit wage" than it is working only 30 hours per week. So what is the effect of Obamacare on these employees? They still get no employer provided insurance AND their hours are cut 25%. It's a losing proposition. They MIGHT get expanded medicaid, but they lose 25% of their income to get it. BO has definitely damaged these lower paid workers. So much for the idea dems help the working class!

    you really think card services add 15-20% in costs? You need to check your source of information.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 5:04 a.m.

    Terms, conditions, and exceptions are always the scape goat for business and corporate America that are built in as safe guards for a select few when laws and programs are written or created.

    It's an obvious move and not to be unexpected to cut labor costs any way they can. Most likely these workers aren't paid a salary or wage either and work for tips only wages. When ever an economy takes a down turn, cutting labor is the first step to profit for a business. They don't see financial banking overhead as excessive costs, its always the workers.

    If many business would get rid of credit and debit card services they could make an additional 15-20% profit but being mathematically illiterate they don't see that as a threat to doing business. Cash and carry business and restaurants are yet to be discovered, but once the cash is realized it will be the greatest improvement to the economy and its recovery and workers will become asset rather than a liability.