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Monday, November 04, 2013

ObamaCare Punishes Hourly Workers

More and more Americans have been forced to work fewer hours than they want to. In fact, workers in low-wage industries worked shorter weeks last summer than ever before. This is because ObamaCare says that businesses must provide benefits to employees who work 30 hours a week. If a business doesn’t provide insurance, it must pay a fine. It’s simple economics that businesses prefer to cut employees’ hours so they don’t have to spend extra money on insurance or fines.

One example is a young woman named Mary Porter. Mary grew up in foster homes, and she is going to community college to become a teacher. She was also working full time in a sandwich shop to pay her bills and her tuition. But because of ObamaCare, Mary’s hours were cut significantly, and she’s had to go on food stamps. She says she’s frustrated because she wants to work, not sit at home and collect a government paycheck.

Another example is Spenser Kniep. Spenser is a college student who was working 30 hours a week at Subway to pay his rent. That thirty-hour work week meant Subway would have had to provide insurance for Spenser, so to avoid that, they cut his hours to 15. The loss of half his paycheck meant Spenser had to quit school.

One in five American small businesses has already cut employees’ hours. That adds up to a lot of employees who are working part-time, not full-time. And it’s only going to get worse, because the law hasn’t even taken full effect yet. Imagine how bad it will be when employers who haven’t cut hours yet see the harsh realities in dollars and cents.

The end result is that many Americans will be prevented from working and kept dependent on government handouts.

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